Our Challenge Coins

Posted on 2019-09-23 at 12:00 AM - admiral

In the social Artemis communities across the world. Challenge coins are given out by certain community leaders in recognition of special achievement by a person who plays the game, participates in building the community, and as an award to improve morale. Although they aren't many in circulation, they do exist and finding a person with one of these coins on their person can be very rewarding. Be careful if you issue a coin check, you may end up buying everyone a drink.

A challenge coin may be a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they might be given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. Historically, challenge coins were presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.

Coins given as awards for accomplishments are normally given to the recipient during a handshake, passing from the right hand of the giver to the right hand of the awardee. It is also normal for the giver to offer a brief explanation of the reason for awarding the coin.

The tradition of a challenge is the most common way to ensure that members are carrying their community's coin. The rules of a challenge are not always formalized, and may vary between organizations. The challenge only applies to those members that have been given a coin formally.

The tradition of the coin challenge is meant to be a source of morale in a community, and forcing the challenge can cause a reverse effect. The act of challenging is called a "Coin Check" and is usually loudly announced. Everyone being challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and everyone else who has their challenge coin. However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.

Other Uses

Besides using coins for challenging, they are also used as rewards or awards for outstanding service or performance of duty. As such, they are used as a tool to build morale. Military officials occasionally give them to non-military personnel for outstanding service or rewards.