I have often wondered what the significance of U.S. military challenge coins was. Apparently, U.S. military challenge coins date back to World War I in helping the soldiers and troops form a sense of esprit de corps. The popularity of these coins spread during the Vietnam War as an expression of pride and camaraderie for being a member of an elite group. They have become a big part of military life and are much sought after in every branch of the military.
My partner, Ed Meskel, through his 26 years in the Navy as a submariner, has accumulated a vast collection of these challenge coins. Many of the coins were awarded to him for his outstanding service by his commanding officers. His service, performance, and expertise have given us a great sense of pride and viability for our business as subject matter experts on SCIF construction.
We, as a company, have started our own collection of challenge coins, as we successfully complete our projects for portable modular SCIFs or SAPFs. Most of our customers exchange these coins with us when we hand over the keys to their new secure facility. We are proud to display these coins in our office. After doing a bit of research on the history of these coins, I am truly proud to say that we have helped to support our U.S. troops and allies.
Source: Northwest Territorial Mint