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Link Posted: 6/22/2012 5:23:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2012 5:24:36 AM EDT by Mach]
Already posted.
Link Posted: 6/23/2012 8:25:15 AM EDT
Mine occupy a ziploc bag in my trunk with the rest of my gear. Pulled them out to take along to Soldiers Day when I gave talks at my kids school, but they were more interested in pictures and stories than challenge coins.
Link Posted: 6/25/2012 4:57:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2012 5:03:37 PM EDT by chad9949]
Around '98/'99 as a LCpl just by chance I was volen-told to drive the Commander Marine Forces Atlantic and his two Majors around from ship to ship in Spain one day. Then I drove him to his plane. As he was getting out of the van and walking to his plane he asked me if I collected coins. I had no idea what he was talking about and I said no. I think he realized I was clueless so he said "Well here's mine" and gave me this. .
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q320/chad_d/DSC00133.jpg

My wife gave me this one after I got back from Iraq.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q320/chad_d/DSC00135.jpg

I got this one in Okinawa in 1997 at a Marine Corps ball. That's all I remember of that evening, and that's even a little foggy.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q320/chad_d/DSC00136.jpg
Link Posted: 6/25/2012 5:13:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2012 5:25:21 PM EDT by chad9949]


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.


While I was in most of us thought of them like you do. Now it's something to reminisce over. I got mine during the fun times I don't care to forget. Has nothing to do with ego or showing off.
Link Posted: 6/25/2012 8:45:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/29/2012 8:09:56 AM EDT by pwr2al4]
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


kids today and the kids who were walking around wearing Green Beanies like 40 years ago, and from then on. So maybe it was just you personally who never got to see one.


Nothing better than Veterans slamming younger Veterans. fucking embarrassing.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 3:45:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2012 3:46:27 PM EDT by Snake_driver]
Old school! Army Aviation Unit of the Year in 1972 & Presidential Unit Citation 1965 & 1972



Link Posted: 7/9/2012 4:43:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pwr2al4:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
So maybe it was just you personally who never got to see one.
.


Maybe he never did anything worth getting a coin over.
Link Posted: 7/9/2012 8:27:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By pwr2al4:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


kids today and the kids who were walking around wearing Green Beanies like 40 years ago, and from then on. So maybe it was just you personally who never got to see one.


Nothing better than Veterans slamming younger Veterans. fucking embarrassing.


No joke.
Link Posted: 7/14/2012 10:45:36 PM EDT
Too many Bad Asses in this thread for me. Cool pics to all that posted though.
Link Posted: 7/14/2012 10:57:26 PM EDT
I never really understood why people would 'coin' someone. I have a 4 star that Gen. Patraeus gave me when he was CG of CENTCOM. Ill see if I can find a pic and post it tomorrow. I wont even say what I did to "deserve" it. Big quotes there.
Link Posted: 8/12/2012 6:19:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2012 6:19:52 AM EDT by Balista]
Here is one of mine.



Link Posted: 8/12/2012 6:35:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
I never really understood why people would 'coin' someone. I have a 4 star that Gen. Patraeus gave me when he was CG of CENTCOM. Ill see if I can find a pic and post it tomorrow. I wont even say what I did to "deserve" it. Big quotes there.


The idea of "coining" requires all to be in a unit where coins are handed out as part of in-processing or a hail ceremony. I haven't seen that in a decade, they have completely transitioned to an alternate award program - and have become so ridiculous and formalized it is easier to put someone in for an AAM or ARCOM than to get them a coin.
Link Posted: 8/12/2012 6:51:57 AM EDT
This is my most recent:



I have coffee cups full of them at work that were presented to me.

Link Posted: 8/12/2012 7:15:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2012 7:23:18 AM EDT by whoanelly]
A few of my favorites:

This is modeled after an EFP liner:



The back side of the Oz bomb disposal coin says "bullets, bombs, bullshit"

Link Posted: 8/12/2012 9:02:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2012 10:18:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2012 10:26:55 AM EDT by jevonniespapi]
When I first got in, all I heard from the more seasoned juniors about coins was negative based bull crap. Seems a lota that goin on in this here thread.


I like coins, because its a way to appreciate our troops.



eta: mandatory pic
Link Posted: 8/21/2012 9:26:57 PM EDT




Link Posted: 8/27/2012 9:44:11 PM EDT
Those are cool keepsakes,
I've heard the term before,but had to use some googlefu to see what these were all about, I guess they weren't too common 20+ years ago,I didn't get any
Link Posted: 8/27/2012 10:07:04 PM EDT
I have a few here is the one I am most proud of
Link Posted: 8/28/2012 6:04:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By whoanelly:
A few of my favorites:

This is modeled after an EFP liner:

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i208/John_Marshall/P1000058.jpg


Those TF Troy coins are bad ass.
Link Posted: 9/8/2012 6:13:01 AM EDT
Eh, I'll play. Only received three or four coins total during my whole stint. Ran into this particular fella out in the sandbox. Another coin was from the CSM at TF Spartan, I'll see if I can dig that one up later.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n149/Yaivenov/Deployment/CJCOScoin.jpg
Link Posted: 9/14/2012 4:17:32 PM EDT
So much douche-baggery here. Coins mean different things to different people. Beyond getting them for a job well done, some collect them as mementos, like they're the military version of collectable spoons; others swap coins with buddies as a kind gesture. No need to rag on someone just because you don't care for them. Although, I'm not a fan of coin checks at the bar, and it's not b/c I never have one on me... I carry one just so I don't ever give the satisfaction to the asshat who checks. Anyways, here are a few mine that stand out -



Link Posted: 9/15/2012 9:04:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By whoanelly:
A few of my favorites:

This is modeled after an EFP liner:

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i208/John_Marshall/P1000058.jpg


When were you over? I used to drop stuff off to CEXC every couple of weeks in '05 as we picked it up. Small world.
Link Posted: 9/15/2012 9:15:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.

Oh yea? What was your job?



Not that I expect you to come back and answer...
Link Posted: 9/16/2012 1:50:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NoImpactNoIdea:
Originally Posted By whoanelly:
A few of my favorites:

This is modeled after an EFP liner:

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i208/John_Marshall/P1000058.jpg


When were you over? I used to drop stuff off to CEXC every couple of weeks in '05 as we picked it up. Small world.


Basically all of 2009. My pogue ass worked in the J2 Ops shop between the lab buildings and the canal.
Link Posted: 9/20/2012 11:27:39 PM EDT
Where did the term "challenge coin" come from? It's an RMO.
Link Posted: 9/21/2012 5:48:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By trey76:
Where did the term "challenge coin" come from? It's an RMO.


Yeah, RMO only to those who actually check for them at bars. Everyone else calls them coins.
Link Posted: 9/21/2012 6:07:23 PM EDT
RMO's a new one for me. "Challenge Coin" is a term I've only seen on the internet or where people sell the things. "Unit coin" or "coin" is all I've ever heard them called.

And I've only been in one unit where they were issued to people, to even make the hole :challenge" thing make sense. Most of the time it's like an award. Heck, these days it is often easier to get Joe an AAM than a coin.
Link Posted: 9/21/2012 7:56:09 PM EDT
EOD still plays the challenge game.

I've seen a guy buy 50 EOD techs a round while on TDY because he didn't have his coin.
Link Posted: 9/22/2012 5:34:19 PM EDT
Calling it a "coin" unless you are actually challenging is against the rules. If your "unit coin" does not have a number stamp and a log book, it isn't real. Carrying your RMO into the gang shower in your soap dish is a common tactic bitd.
Link Posted: 9/22/2012 6:23:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By trey76:
Calling it a "coin" unless you are actually challenging is against the rules. If your "unit coin" does not have a number stamp and a log book, it isn't real. Carrying your RMO into the gang shower in your soap dish is a common tactic bitd.


I've got a bunch, never heard it refered to as an RMO, whats that mean?
Link Posted: 9/22/2012 10:34:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NUcadet07:
Originally Posted By trey76:
Calling it a "coin" unless you are actually challenging is against the rules. If your "unit coin" does not have a number stamp and a log book, it isn't real. Carrying your RMO into the gang shower in your soap dish is a common tactic bitd.


I've got a bunch, never heard it refered to as an RMO, whats that mean?


Round Metal Object

With a stamped RMO, you can't cop out of a challenge by claiming nonissuance. I will try to post pics of my 55th SOS RMO. I loved our "so to speak" motto, "We Come In The Dark"
Link Posted: 9/25/2012 1:42:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2012 1:47:28 PM EDT by OBird]



Some of my favorites...

Presented by Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, commander of Naval Special Warfare.



Really a quiet, polite guy.....who just radiates that "do not mess with me" feeling anyways.



General Petraeus' and SMA Preston's coins:





Presented by the 10th Special Forces Group. After one of their guys died in a motorcycle crash, a bunch of them flew to Minnesota (his home state) to do his funeral. It just so happens that Minnesota has one of the absolute best state Honor Guard teams in the nation, and we trained them up beforehand to make sure they did it right. Great bunch of guys, really appreciative.



This one's from General Nash, who is now the Adjutant General of Minnesota. At the time, however, he was the Commanding General of MND-S (basically the southern 1/3rd of Iraq), and I was on his personal security detail. It is actually pretty special becuase not only was commanding MND-S a really big deal, but it was the first time a National Guard division was put in charge of AD divisions in the whole GWOT. Instead of back in the day when it was always ARNG units being put under AD units when deployed (and often wearing that AD unit's patch on the right side), this was the first time that relationship was reversed. I take pride in the fact that whenever he used our convoy instead of the blackhawks, I was always the gunner of his truck


Link Posted: 9/26/2012 12:48:03 AM EDT
A few of my personal favorites. There is another shoe box buried in the closet, but have not gotten around to buying any more display cases.




Link Posted: 9/28/2012 12:36:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By EmbraceTheHate:
A few of my personal favorites. There is another shoe box buried in the closet, but have not gotten around to buying any more display cases.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/SavageHunter/photo4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/SavageHunter/photo3.jpg



Is that a Spectre gunship RMO in there?
Link Posted: 9/28/2012 12:40:19 AM EDT
I was never special enough to receive one.
Link Posted: 9/28/2012 2:18:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/28/2012 7:29:53 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mike-munich:
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa324/mike-munich/4a26578a.jpg

I have more, but they are in storage somewhere. Some date back to 1988 when I got in.


A local boy I see.
Link Posted: 9/28/2012 7:31:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Originally Posted By 21BoomCBTENGR:
Originally Posted By jeepnik:
Never had such a thing in my day. We just did the job and then went home when our hitch was up. I guess kids today need bright and shiney things to help them remember things we have tried to forget.


you do realize that the challenge coin tradition dates back beyond the 20th century right?


The "tradition" may date back that far, but if it did, it was rare as hen's teeth. I guess you could think of the "ruptured duck" pin that WWII vets got when mustered out a "challenge" token, but I can't say I ever saw anyone wear it. Like I said, most older vets just did what they did and went home to get on with their life. Shiney doo dads aren't needed unless you need something that says "I was there". Some egos need that stroke, most don't.


Were you with the blue or the gray?
Link Posted: 9/28/2012 6:29:16 PM EDT
This thread made me go dig up some of my coins I got during my stint in the USAF from 2003-2011. Most I bought because I liked them; a couple were earned (my Airman coin and a Commander's coin)...one of the coolest though is a commemorative coin for the Spirit of Kansas, the B-2 that crashed on Guam. I got one of the first run that was serialized and it's a low number, too.
Link Posted: 10/8/2012 11:39:16 PM EDT



We have a winner... What are u drinking?
Link Posted: 10/8/2012 11:57:04 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/9/2012 7:04:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By trey76:
Calling it a "coin" unless you are actually challenging is against the rules. If your "unit coin" does not have a number stamp and a log book, it isn't real. Carrying your RMO into the gang shower in your soap dish is a common tactic bitd.


Dafuq? Our BN coins had no numbers but I kept a log of who received them and every coin was engraved with the receivers rank and last name.
Link Posted: 10/11/2012 12:11:55 PM EDT
Finally remembered that I said I was going to post this one... so here it is. Thus concludes my meager collection.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n149/Yaivenov/Other/121011_0003.jpg


BTW, how long does it usually take to process the DD214's sent in to mil@ar15.com?
Link Posted: 10/11/2012 12:20:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Loremsk:
Finally remembered that I said I was going to post this one... so here it is. Thus concludes my meager collection.

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n149/Yaivenov/Other/121011_0003.jpg


BTW, how long does it usually take to process the DD214's sent in to mil@ar15.com?


Took less than a day turnaround for me about a month ago.
Link Posted: 11/9/2012 6:34:35 PM EDT
We just called them our "NCO Coin" in my unit. Corporals got them when they got promoted and NCOs who came into the unit could buy one. We only had challenges at NCO "meetings" at the E-club and everyone was on notice to bring them.

That said, a friend of mine married a former Ranger turned CIA op. My first time meeting him, we got to talking about the military and next thing I know, dude throws down a coin on me. It took me a minute to even realize wtf he was doing. I lost my old coin a loooong time ago but I picked up one with one of my old units on it off of ebay. I carry it with me whenever I know I'm going to see him. Just in case. That was the last damn time hooah-boy gets the drop on me.
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 10:22:07 AM EDT
Heres my first one I received in AFROTC. Nothing special, but its a start !


http://i49.tinypic.com/vg385e.jpg



Link Posted: 1/11/2013 2:41:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2013 2:52:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2013 2:55:49 PM EDT by mullerjd]
I don't have a pics but my best is from Gen Henry Shelton when he was Chaiman of the Joint Chiefs
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