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custom Masonic challenge coin is
Challenge Coins date back in
history since time in memorial.The
use of promotional products in America can be traced back to 1824 when
Andrew Jackson was running for President.There are still a few collectors with Campaign Coins
supporting this evidence.
story of how the challenge coin came to be has been passed down through
the ages as it relates to a World War I story that goes something like
WWI some American volunteers joined a newly formed squadron of pilots.
Anda wealthy lieutenant who was
also believed to be a brother Mason designed a special coin after his
newly formed squadron and had them cast as a solid bronze medallion with
the squadron logo. He gave one to each member of his squadron. The
Lt. carried his medallion around his neck in a small leather sack.
after distributing the medallions, the lieutenant?s aircraft was shot
down behind enemy lines and he was captured by a squad of German
German soldiers took everything from the lieutenant except for the
medallion which he managed to conceal under his tong.
after being transported to a French village that had been set up as a
make shift POW camp near the front lines, the lieutenant escaped by
downing civilian clothes he was able to procure and walked out of the
village. He didn't have his military identification on him because
it had all been confiscated by the German soldiers.
the Lt. was able to reach the front lines after crossing no-man's land
and stumbled into a French outpost exhausted and hungry.
French soldiers in that area were suspicious because of all the German
spies who sometimes wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the Lt's
American accent, the French officers thought he was a saboteur and was
about to kill him.
American remembered his bronze medallion and just before they were
about to shoot him he showed the medallion to his would-be executioners.
The French captors immediately recognized the squadron insignia on the
medallion, and gave the Lt. enough time to confirm his identity. Instead
of shooting him, they gave him a bottle of red wine.
the Lt made it back to his squadron, where it became a tradition
to ensure all members carried their medallion or coin at all times.
the war many soldiers became Masons and decided to adopt the challenge
coin tradition and started designing coins with Masonic emblems.