Post by Dave Homewood on Dec 15, 2018 8:58:13 GMT 12
I have seen mention of challenge coins and was not really aware of what they were, so I went Googling and it seems they are popular in the military. So I googled some more and found the RNZAF has produced some. Does anyone here own any RNZAF related Challenge Coins? I found these ones - does anyone here have other RNZAF Challenge Coins? Do these get sold to people or are they giveaways?
I often wondered if there was a common name for these items. They range from presentation awards to unit visit memorabilia. I had not seen any (R.N.Z.A.F. or otherwise) until the last ten years. Anyone know when and where they originated?
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Don't know if they originated in the USA, but they are very popular with the US military and suppliers. Usually seen as a token of appreciation for visits, they appear to have become collectable in there own right, many for sale on TM and Ebay. I have a few NZ and US related ones but they have all been presented, so for me they have a value that purchased ones wouldn't have. NZDF has a range of generic ones, and separate units have their own.
All the ones that I have were presented as gifts and would never sell them. Was told they are called Challenge Coins as if you are in the bar of a squadron and someone "challenges" you and shows their coin, if you dont have your coin then you buy the drinks.
Armament trade has had one for many years, I got mine some 20 years ago. Back then we purchased them, now I believe they are presented on completion of either Mechs or Techs course. I was presented with a 6 SQN coin on leaving, and I have a Lockheed Skunk works coin presented to me by a member of their staff last year.