Presidential Challenge Coins

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Custom coins and medallions have been around for centuries, originating in the time of the roman empire when it was common to reward military achievements with coins. Nowadays, challenge coins are used in many organizations, and their main purpose is to unite a team. Many people collect challenge coins, and historic coins can be very valuable. Within the military, the challenge coin remains a way to reward achievements, and needless to say, a presidential challenge coin is the most valuable type of coin. Getting a coin from the president is like getting a trophy for your work. Let’s take a look at some popular mentions of presidential challenge coins.

The Presidents’ collections

While USA presidents commonly give the coins to other world leaders, diplomats or members of the military, they too can receive custom challenge coins and they take great pride in their collections. During his presidency, Bill Clinton used to display his challenge coin collection near his official portrait at the White House, and the coins are now available for public viewing at the Clinton Library. George Bush also had an impressive collection of coins. One of his coins was received from a Marine combat patrol unit upon a short visit in Iraq in 2007. We don’t know much about the coins that President Obama received, but we do know a few things about the custom challenge coins that he has given to other people.

President Obama’s challenge coins

The former USA president hasn’t exactly been very secretive when it came to gifting challenge coins, despite the fact that it is customary to give the coin through a subtle hand shake. In fact, president Obama has even been caught on camera on several occasions while giving the coins. In 2011 he is seen giving a presidential coin to Vice Adm. Rick Hunt, commander of the U.S. Naval Surface Forces. In 2012, he was spotted giving a coin to Col Foreman, 185th Air Refueling Wing Vice Commander. In the same year, he is spotted dropping a challenge coin as he is about to give it to a marine when he arrives to board Marine One at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Moreover, on several occasions he was seen placing presidential challenge coins of the graves of fallen soldiers.

If you collect custom challenge coins, the next time you visit the White House, you should stop by the gift shop and increase your collection with some new coins. Few of us will have the chance to ever receive a presidential challenge coin from the U.S. president himself, but we can still take pride in our versatile collection of coins.