Vince’s Challenge Coin Collection


During World War 1, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck.

Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilots’ aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification.

He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man’s land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot’s American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would- be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner – a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.

Since that time military units, law enforcement and even corporations have struck coins with their symbols as tokens of trust, friendship and alliance.

Armed Forces Honor Troops Challenge Coin, Military Support Coin. Marines Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard Challenge Coin!

Police Challenge Coin Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Sheriff Prayer Coin (Gina & Vince)

Don’t Tread on Me – Liberty Bell Challenge Coin

Don’t Tread on Me Challenge Coin US Liberty Bell Military Coin


40th President Reagan Challenge Coin

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45th President Trump MAGA Chalenge Coin

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Cold War Veteran Challenge Coin Silver

Cold War Veteran / VET Army Navy Marine Air Force Coast Guard Challenge Coin

Cold War Veteran

Presidential 1776 Declaration of Independence Commemorative Coin

US Army Proud Mom – Good Luck Double Sided Collectible Challenge Pewter Coin (Gina)

U.S. Army Veteran Challenge Coin

U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Challenge Coin


U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Challenge Coin

United States Medical Activity Military Academy West Point Army Challenge Coin

Eagle Crest – United States Army West Point Military Academy – Coin

Keller Army Community Hospital West Point Command Sergeant Major Challenge Coin

Challenge Coin Ordnance Corps USA Chief of Ordnance Serving the Line Excellence


US Army Medical Department Regiment

Challenge Coin US Army Private E-1

Challenge Coin Army Rank Private E-2

Challenge Coin Army Rank Private E-2


Challenge Coin U.S. Army Seal Rank Private First Class

Challenge Coin U.S. Army Seal Rank Specialist

Challenge Coin Army Rank Specialist



Ft Sam Houston Army Medical Service

Hero’s Valor United States Army Challenge Coin with Prayer


Challenge Coin POW MIA


My Medals

Army Good Conduct Service Medal Coin


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