Hundreds of years ago, there was a custom among soldiers, royal families, aristocrats, fraternities, and other “unique sets” of people. The custom consisted on exchanging especially-made tokens, mostly in the shape of coins or medallions, which featured mottoes, family crests, and other symbols that were unique to the group. The tokens were given to equally-exclusive individuals as a way to show them that they were now an official part of the team.
These tokens are symbols of welcoming as well as loyalty. The coins are to be kept at all times in the event that someone calls out a challenge. Having the coin means not having to undergo the challenge. It also demonstrates allegiance to the group because of the carrying of their token at all times. It shows that the group is important to the coin carrier.
Who gets the coins? 3 unique scenarios.
Challenge coins represent a higher-level reward, and not just a typical “gift.” As such here are some scenarios that would be truly deserving of such a unique distinction.
A work place should never feel like mere office space. It should breathe esprit the corps, teamwork, a common vision, a mission, and goals. If all of these factors are already in place in the organization, then challenge coins are perfect for managers and executives to give to employees, and to each other.
• Giving coins to employees who score consistent high rates on work performance is a way to motivate them to continue their excellent work.
• Having an especially-designed set of coins for employees that meet specific milestones is another way to cement their worth as members of an organization.
• Farewell coins, retirement coins, or special employee recognition coins are other ways to infuse motivation among the work force while rewarding hard work with something that no other place could give them.
Wedding party coins
As couples get their celebrations together, they get to decide who will be part of their “marriage squad.” The Best Man, the Maid of Honor, the groomsmen, and bridesmaids are people who are normally selected for the unique role that they play in the couple’s life. A coin made with the colors and symbols of the bride and groom is a way to distinguish these beloved friends and family members in a way that they will cherish for years.
Since the coin is to be kept at all times, coins are wedding favors that will never “go out of favor.”
Volunteerism: Scout, Civil Air Patrol, law enforcement and general volunteer coins
The opportunities to value and honor volunteerism are always there. Hundreds of people take time out of their schedules to support causes that the believe in, whether they get credit for it or not. Some of the most salient examples of volunteerism are:
• Boys and Girls Scouts of America
• The Civil Air Patrol
• Neighborhood Watch
• Parent Teacher Organizations
• Hospice, group home, and hospital volunteers
While some organizations already give some form of appreciation token to their volunteers, to have something as special as a challenge coin shows a level of appreciation that goes beyond the norm. Coin gifting is a very special way to show volunteers, friends, and special individuals that their work does not go unseen. Coins tell them that they are not just part of a group, but also a vital component of it.