Try fumbling in your pocket or wallet. Aside from identification cards, some bills, old receipts and papers, you might spot shiny round items called coins. In general, coins contain little value and are thus regarded as low forms of money. You can find them in the corners of your bag, the deepest pits of your pockets, the dark edges of the room, or even in water fountains, where hopefuls make wishes.
In another world, coins are of high value. They stores millions worth of sweat, tears and hardwork. Coins contain probably some of the richest of treasures.
But their value cannot be measured in any of the world’s currency.
Nor can they be traded with gold bars or any amount of money.
In the world of soldiers, of fighters of our country – the nave, air force, armed forces, some coins are worth more than their lives. These are challenge coins, and they hold more than money.
Imagine this: you set out to a journey, uncertain if you’re ever going back. You leave your family, friends, even your pet dog home. For months, years even, you stay in a place you’re not familiar with. The meaning of safety is a rifle, and that’s all you need, plus all the courage and bravery you can muster, to be able to go back to your family, friends, your pet dog, and to the country you’re trying to protect.
Imagine living a life like that, all set to die for a country, so that your family will grow up in a safe place, a place where no one could hurt them. That action deserves more than a coin.
Challenge coins are a symbol of bravery and courage. These are given to the men who fought during times of terror in the country as a representation of their valor. The value embedded in these coins surpassed the biggest and fattest check one could write
Today, challenge coins have a variety of functions that are used in different contexts. Aside from tokens and keepsakes for soldiers, these coins are a symbol of identity to the holders. Organizations use these coins to keep track of their members, and avoid inflitration from competing organizatons.
Challenge coins also represent authority in some organizations or systems. For example, in schools, prefects and monitors may be given coins to symbolize their authority in enforcing discipline among their peers. Class presidents and other class officers are also given as such to remind their classmates of their positions, in order to cascade order. In school teams, these coins are given as a symbol of membership and belonging ness in a team. These can be used to remind players that there is no “I” in TEAM, and the importance of working as one.
These coins are also used to commemorate or honor employees who do well in their field as a reminder of their hardwork and continued determination to do better. These physical manifestations of their good performance are a good way to motivate employees to do better and to continue doing great things.
These are all just coins.
They are thrown out, given to beggard, flipped to make decisions, used as paperweight. Yet in a different world, they are kept, frame, cherished not for their monetary value, but for the values they symbolize – power, bravery, life, valor, service and more. Their roles transcend that of economics and finance. They have taken on roles that have a cultural and rich historical background, roles that empower. They have gone out to their previous role in the military, and have penetrated the world of politics and the corporate world.