The President of
USA adapted the use of challenge coins
The President of USA adapted the use of challenge coins. Custom Challenge coins are around 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter, and about 1/10-inch thick, but the styles and sizes vary wildly. Some even come in unusual shapes like shields, pentagons, arrowheads, and dog tags. The challenge coins are generally made of pewter, copper, or nickel, with a variety of finishes available. There are some limited editions custom challenge coins are plated in gold. The designs can be simple—an engraving of the organization's insignia and motto—or have enamel highlights, multi-dimensional designs, and cut outs.
Along with the many organizations outside the Military, the president of United States of America also started to use challenge coins. Starting with Bill Clinton, every president has had his own challenge coin and, since Dick Cheney, the vice president has had one, too.
There are usually a few different Presidential coins—one for the inauguration, one that commemorates his administration, and one available to the general public, often in gift shops or online. But there's one special, official presidential coin that can only be received by shaking the hand of the most powerful man in the world. As you can probably guess, this is the rarest and most sought-after of all challenge coins.
The President hands out military challenge coins at his own discretion, but they are usually reserved for special occasions, military personnel, or foreign dignitaries. It’s been said that George W. Bush reserved his challenged coins for injured soldiers coming back from the Middle East. President Obama hands them out fairly often, most notably to soldiers that man the stairs on Air Force One.
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