CHALLENGE COINS - ORIGINS

There are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin but according to the most common story, challenge coins originated during World War I. Before the entry of the United States into the war in 1917 American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. 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 medallion, the pilot's 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. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. 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 throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 2 Reconnaissance Regiment

R750.00 ZAR

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 2 Reconnaissance Regiment. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.    

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Koos Moorcroft VRM PMD (+Bar) PMM MMM (+Bar)

R850.00 ZAR

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 30 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm.Staff Sergeant JJ (Koos) Moorcroft, who was attached to...

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Jack Greeff HC PMD MMM

R850.00 ZAR

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 50 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Jack Greeff, born in the Free State town...

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Douw Steyn HC SM MMM PSN

R850.00 ZAR

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 50 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Daniel (Douw) Steyn joined the Army in 1974...

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Stoffel de Wet HCG MMM

R850.00 ZAR

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 30 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Second Lieutenant De Wet was the first recipient...

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Herman van Niekerk HCS SM MMM

R850.00 ZAR

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 30 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Herman van Niekerk is a Retired South African...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 6 SA Infantry Battalion

R450.00 ZAR

6 SA Infantry Battalion - Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Commemorative Challenge Coin - SAS Blue Thunder

R450.00 ZAR

SAS / Blue Thunder - Commemorative Challenge Coin, numbered, 50mm diameter.

Commemorative Challenge Coin - USSR KGB

R450.00 ZAR

USSR KGB 3D Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.    

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment

R400.00 ZAR

The 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment (French: 13e Régiment de Dragons Parachutistes, 13e RDP) is a special reconnaissance regiment of the French Army. It is one of two regiments in the French Army Special Forces Brigade, which is under the control of the COS (special operations command). It is based in Martignas-sur-Jalle. The coin diameter is 50mm.

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 11th Airmobile Brigade

R450.00 ZAR

The 11th Airmobile Brigade (Dutch: 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade) is a rapid and light infantry unit within the Dutch and German forces and can be deployed anywhere on the globe within five to twenty days to defend its own or allied territory, protect the international rule of law and support law enforcement, disaster relief and humanitarian aid. Deployment can be as...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Dutch Korps Commandotroepen

R300.00 ZAR

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Dutch Korps Commandotroepen. Numbered, 70mm height.