Military challenge coins are available for all branches of the military. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines all share the honor of receiving basic challenge coins upon graduation from basic training. They are somewhat different from ones that are for sale as they have no special frills. They signify training that has just been completed.
The coins can be made from several types of metal. The typical ones are bronze, gold-plated or silver. The coins crafted of more precious metals are usually special coins that are custom-made for special achievements or as a memory coin for family of the military who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
There are various types of military challenge coins that can be purchased by the public as well. There are several choices when it comes to Army coins such as the Road Warrior, Best by Performance coin, Iraqi Freedom and Military Intelligence Battalion coins just to name a few.
The Air Force coins are another type that are given for performance and appreciation. They may include coins for special operations, commander's excellence for missions agreed, air national guards and others. The coins are made in many different shapes and some are even made in the shape of an eagle.
The Marines challenge coins can include ones for various missions accomplished such as target acquisition. Others are distinguished by the company the Marine was in and there are combat logistics coins as well as ones commemorating the birthday of the Marine Corp.
The Navy coins are still another type of military coin that are noted by the emblems that they embellished with such honor, courage and commitment. Navy Seal coins, a Texas challenge coin which is a star within a circle and several other types are just a small proportion of the challenge coins that you may see today.
There are a great many different coins today and there are even a few rare ones floating around. One for example, is the "Bull Dog" coin that is very rare. They were made for the B-52 tail gunners, which is not in existence today. So finding a coin of this magnitude would be a real find if you are a collector.
All of the true military challenge coins are distinct as each one had a special meaning and reason for being made. If you are a collector, you will find the coins can be purchased as well as the cases to put them in for display. Sharing the coins by displaying them is one way of showing what an honor the coins represent.
If you choose to collect the challenge coins, start with the simplest ones first and then you can look for the coins that are not as common. The simplest ones will be the easiest to find for your collection. There are many places to find the coins, although it will be a little more difficult to find coins that are not so common. Check with members of your family that have served in the military. This is a good place to see some of the coins that have special meaning to them.