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What are Army challenge coins?

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Army challenge coins are medallions designed by U. S. Army military commands and are often presented to commemorate special events or achievements. They are called challenge coins because owners challenge other military members to present their own coins in an informal game.

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The challenge coin game in its simplest form consists of military members challenging others to present a coin. If the challenged member cannot show his coin, he has to buy the challenger a drink; if he can, the challenger buys him a drink. Another variant of this game involves coins "outranking" others. For instance, a coin issued by a military command is outranked by a coin issued by the Secretary of the Army.

All branches of the United States military use challenge coins in the same way as army challenge coins. Coins are only valid in the challenge game if they were presented to their current owners.

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