In recognition and appreciation for their continued support and dedication to the guild we will be issuing custom made challenge coins to deserving members of the guild. These challenge coins were customed designed for the guild using a combination of both the Imperial and Republic side logos that we created. The coins contain the guild insignia, name, motto and incorporation year of each guild as well as a sequential numbering to indicate the order in which they were struck.
At the present time there are four ways in which a guild member can be awarded a challenge coin.
For their time, effort and commitment to the guild above and beyond the call of duty all guild officers will be issued a challenge coin. As new officers join the ruling council they too will be issued their own challenge coin.
Patron members who have financially shown their support for the guild by contributing at least thirty days of subscription time to the guild web site will be issued their own challenge coin.
Members who take the time to go out of their way and join us for the occassional guild meet ups that we have in person will be issued their own challenge coins.
The final group is reserved for guild members who have shown the highest level of dedication and loyalty to the guild over the years. These are players who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the guild's philosophy of Community and Cooperation by going out of their way to help other guild-mates and who have consistently stayed loyal to and contributed to the guild over the years.
This inaugural series run of challenge coins has produced one hundred available coins. If this series is depleted additional series may be produced but with variations that will ensure the inaugural series is an extremely limited set. We will be reaching out to those who have been awarded a challenge coin for your mailing address information so we can get the coins sent out. These coins are being presented to you at no charge to you for the coin or the shipping.
Please note, these coins will not be available for sale or any other means other than those described above. We would appreciate it if those who have been awarded one of these limited edition challenge coins respect those restrictions in order to preserve the dignity and appreciation that accompanies the uniqueness the coins are intended to convey.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the concept, tradition and customs of challenge coins we invite you to read the compilation below to better acquaint yourself with them. They are called challenge coins for a reason. If you are presented with one you may find yourself challenged at some point in the future and should be aware of the custom.
A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.
According to the most common story, challenge coins originated during World War I. Before the entry of the United States into the war in 1917 American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war.
In one squadron, 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.
Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times.This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner: a challenger would ask to see the medallion, if the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.
The tradition of a challenge is the most common way to ensure that members are carrying their unit's coin. The rules of a challenge are not always formalized for a unit, and may vary between organizations. The challenge only applies to those members that have been given a coin formally by their unit. This may lead to some controversy when challenges are initiated between members of different organizations and is not recommended. The tradition of the coin challenge is meant to be a source of morale in a unit, and forcing the challenge can cause a reverse effect. The act of challenging is called a "Coin Check" and is usually loudly announced.
The challenge, which can be made at any time, begins with the challenger drawing his/her coin, and slapping or placing the coin on the table or bar. In noisy environments, continuously rapping the challenge coin on a surface may initiate the challenge. (Accidentally dropping a challenge coin is considered to be a deliberate challenge to all present.) Everyone being challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and everyone else who has their challenge coin. However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.
While most holders of challenge coins usually carry them in their pockets or in some other readily accessible place on their persons, most versions of the rules permit a challenged person "a step and a reach" or if an individual has an extra coin to pass it off to the person closest to him or her. Coins on belt buckles or key chains are not acceptable for meeting a challenge. However, a coin worn around the neck is acceptable for meeting a coin challenge.
Variants of the rules include the following but not limited to. If someone is able to steal a challenge coin, everyone in the group must buy a drink for that person. During a challenge, everyone in the group must buy a drink for the holder of the highest-ranking coin. A coin presented to a low rank, by a high rank, (i.e.: Admiral) trumps all low rank coins in a challenge. Traditionally, the presentation of a coin is passed during a handshake. Some units provide strict time limits to respond to a challenge.
Traditionally, rules of a challenge include a prohibition against defacing the coin, especially if it makes it easier to carry at all times. If the challenge coin is attached to a belt buckle or key ring, or has had a hole drilled in it to attach to a lanyard, it no longer qualifies as a challenge coin. A safer place to carry a coin is in a pouch worn around the neck.