(1.5" in diameter. Press to enlarge.)
The challenge coin of the Massachusetts Society is a small, beautifully etched medallion bearing our organization’s insignia. It is carried by our members to prove membership and as a symbol of camaraderie and unity. We also use it as a rewards for outstanding service or performance of duty. While this idea started in the military, it is a tradition that is continued in civic and fraternal organizations such as ours.
The challenge, which can be made at any time, begins with the challenger drawing his own coin, and slapping or placing the coin on the table or bar. 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 others that show their challenge coin. (However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.) This practice is meant to be a source to build morale.
While most holders of challenge coins usually carry them in their pockets or in some other readily accessible place, most versions of the rules permit a challenged person "a step and a reach" to show their coin (particularly useful if one is challenged in the shower - a tradition in the Navy).
Cost: $10 per coin or 3 coins for $25. Please email the Old Middlesex Chapter for more information or to order a coin. The honored tradition of challenge coins continues today.