Challenge coins are also called custom military coins. In some other places, they call them medallions. It is a very important item for the navy, the army, the air force, the coast guards and the marine sectors of the society. The medallion holds a lot of meanings to the members of these unions. Other non-military organizations also make use of the challenge coins.
The medallion is has been a part of history. It has symbolized a lot of deals, unions and struggles during the past. Now, it is still used to show membership and honor. A lot of famous people are also known to have been presented the medallions they have in their possessions. Some shows have also featured custom military coins. Here are some of the examples of how the challenge coins were featured in popular culture by famous people and the media:
The US Presidents
President Bill Clinton has a collection of these military coins. He has his own rack of these coins displayed at the Clinton Library. This is his Presidential library in which his legacies and memorabilia are placed. The custom military coins were given to him by US servicemen. This collection appears in the background of one of his portraits displayed in the White House.
Another president who has been presented with a challenge coin is President George W. Bush. His medallion was given to him by a combat patrol unit of the US Marines when he unexpectedly went to Iraq for a short visit.
Unlike these two presidents, President Barack Obama was not a recipient of custom military coins. Obama was the one who presented challenge coins to honor men who served well. In recognition of their dedication and valor in the shooting at Fort Hood, he presented medallions on the memorials of the soldiers who fought and offered their lives in this infamous mass murder that happened in 2009.
The challenge coin was featured in the Lock ‘N Load with R. Lee Ermey documentary show. It was during the Rockets episode when Ermey showed his challenge coin. The coin was supposed to be a reward earned from one of his classes. on Javelin Portable Rocket Launching System.
In the adventure drama show, Jag, the challenge coin was also shown as a medallion used by the main characters. The medallion was used to help the newly married couple who were both in the service to make the decision as to who will resign from service. It was nothing more complicated than the coin flip. The characters placed their bets on which side of the coin will lie face up when the coin is flipped. The ending was left hanging as the last shot featured the coin in mid-air.
Another military drama featured the challenge coin in one of its episodes. The colonel intended to award a coin for a constituent who was running as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations. It was interrupted by a General because he thought that she did not deserve it. The General asked the constituent if she has a medallion that indicates her experience in a combat. She was not able to produce a coin so the General has won his point.
Deputy US Marshall Annie Frost of the Chase television show always carries her medallion around her neck. It was shown in the betrayed episode. In some part of the same episode, a Marshall Team member showed his frustration for not acquiring a challenge coin but he was able to get it at the end of the episode.
In the episode of the Criminal Minds, entitled Foundation, the challenge coin made its appearance too. In this episode, the coin was used as a means of communication. He flipped the coin then rolled it on the floor. A special agent did this to get the attention of a mute boy, to start a conversation. This boy was a surviving victim of kidnapping.