If you collect U.S. Military coins, unit coins or challenge coins as they are sometimes called, there are varieties that can be chosen. Avid collectors will find coins from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. They are available in a number of shapes, materials and embellishments.
Military Coins in a Range of Shapes
Often special units within the military have their own unique coins made and they are only available in limited numbers. This may include the Navy Seals or Special Operations Units. Some coins are round, but many are designed to include shapes such as wings, swords, airplanes, a key and even a heart.
Navy coins frequently have anchors, helicopters, flags and of course, ships. Marine coins incorporate stars, flags, skull and crossbones, eagles and more. The Army coins contain various elements that are similar to other coins within the Armed Forces - flags, guns and swords. The American flag is one element that is used by all.
Information Imprinted on the Coins Varies
The information included on the U.S. Military coins can contain virtually anything from 'Presented for Excellence' to battalion, infantry and unit name. There are coins that incorporate who it was presented by - for instance - a unit commander or other official.
Messages on the coins will vary since the coins are all representative of a special circumstance or for appreciation of services above and beyond the call of duty. They may also be given to represent the brotherhood felt by a particular group of the armed services. Therefore, the information that is imprinted is just as unique as the coin.
U.S. Military coins are generally made from brass, nickel, copper, silver or gold. There are some other metals that may be used for the coins. More ornate coins often have rope, wave or cross cutting around the outer edge. This is dependent upon the preferences of the person ordering the coins.
Collecting military coins is a hobby enjoyed by those who are currently enlisted, retired and family members with military ties. There are also some people who collect them for their unique look and just because they like the coins. Some coins are quite valuable. Coins that were given to a member of the military by a general or another high-ranking official can be worth a lot of money. U.S. Military coins of limited mints are another type that is valuable.
Collections can be displayed in a number of ways. If your coin collection includes ones that are valuable, they should be displayed in a locking cabinet. There are all types available with glass allowing you to share your collection in an office setting or in your home. Some even have lighting. Keeping them in a display case has other advantages as well.