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History of the Challenge Coin.

Challenge Coins got their start during World War I, when an American pilot, who had been shot down over France and lost his dog tags, was able to prove his Allied affiliation to French soldiers on the lookout for German spies by showing them a bronze medal made by a wealthy Army Air Service lieutenant.

The more likely origin of the challenge coin, though, dates to the 1960s, when a serviceman in the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne) over-struck old U.S. coins with the group’s emblem, and passed them out to other members of the unit. The practice was soon picked up by other units and was used primarily as a drinking game, in which members of the unit who were not able to produce a coin when challenged were obliged to buy everyone a round of drinks.

In the decades that followed, challenge coins became a part of military culture.

Tustin Police Foundation is proud to offer these challenge coins, recognizing the contribution of the officers and staff of the Tustin Police Department it supports.

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Tustin Police Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization (EIN 27-3838044).