DroidBuilders 2018 Challenge Coin
This offering is available for pre-order with expected delivery in July, 2018.
Surrounded in myth and legend, the challenge coin dates back to the Roman empire. According to the most common story, challenge coins really came into age during World War 1. Lore says that a wealthy Lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallion, the pilot’s aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man’s land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot’s American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.
So where exactly do challenge coins come from? Well, you may think these are of a fairly recent invention based on the story above, but they definitely aren’t. The Roman empire used to reward soldiers by presenting them with coins to recognize the service to the empire.
Let’s talk about the coin itself.
- Coin size is a standard 1.75″ diameter coin. We don’t do smaller, and lets be honest… This is the right size.
- Possibly forged by the Captain Phasma herself in polished “chromium” metal scavenged from the yacht of Palpatine himself.
- The obverse face of the coin features Tosche station along with a whimsical quote. Gaze upon the power of the Gonk, cause it’s gazing at you.
- As for the reverse face, we kept it nice and simple. Celebrate your Star Wars cred with some DroidBuilders swag along with some of our favorite droids. No coin is complete without having your own unique serial number so you know you’re coin is special.
Stories say that the challenge began in Germany after World War II. Americans stationed there took up the local tradition of conducting “pfennig checks.” The pfennig was the lowest denomination of coin in Germany, and if you didn’t have one when a check was called, you were stuck buying the beers. This evolved from a pfenning to a unit’s medallion, and members would “challenge” each other by slamming a medallion down on the bar. If any member present didn’t have his medallion, he had to buy a drink for the challenger and for anyone else that had their coin. If all the other members had their medallions, the challenger had to buy everyone drinks.
I can tell you, I ALWAYS have a challenge coin upon my person no matter where I go, and you should to.
Proceeds from the sale of the challenge coin are going to supporting the DroidBuilders Star Wars Celebration build out. We’re planning on some amazing things for our display.
If you want to help, please consider looking at the available volunteer opportunities or you can even grab something off our Amazon Wishlist. See the links in the menu above.