Introducing the Military of NATE Challenge Coin
Military of NATE would like to introduce the inaugural Military of NATE Challenge Coin. 2022 will be exciting for Military of NATE, as the committee wraps up its first full year with this special collectible to mark their anniversary. These American made challenge coins will be a 2” matte nickel with 3D enamel relief prominently featuring the Military of NATE and 2022 NATE UNITE logos. Each will be individually numbered and will be limited to a strict run of just 250! You’ll notice the Latin phrase “AUT CUM SCUTO AUT IN SCUTO” on the relief which was whispered into the ear of every young Spartan as they marched off to war. It signifies to never give up, never surrender, and translates to “with shield or on shield”.
In support of the Military of NATE Committee’s mission statement, all proceeds from the 2022 Military of NATE Challenge Coin sales will be donated to the Tower Family Foundation. It is our intent to raise awareness for charitable organizations that support our industry, and Veteran organization’s through this annual effort.
The 2022 Military of NATE Challenge Coins are now available for pre-order at $50.00. (There will be a limited number of coins held for sale at the Military of NATE booth during NATE UNITE 2022. The coins will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and in number sequence)
According to Wikipedia there are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin. As far back as The Roman Empire soldiers were presented with coins to recognize their achievements in battle.
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.
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. He escaped, and succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire, reached the front lines, crossed no-man’s land, and eventually stumbled onto a French outpost. Saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector and sometimes masqueraded as civilians. 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, save 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 rules of the challenge should be explained to everyone given a coin.
1. Coins must be carried at all times, and challenges can be called out anywhere and at any time.
2. If the person challenged fails to produce the coin, the challenge must be honored.
3. Each person can only be challenged once per outing.
4. If everyone who is challenged manages to produce a coin, the challenger is on the hook.
5. Never, ever hand someone else a coin to respond to a challenge.
6. Coins should be presented for examination, if you pick up a coin you are honor-bound to return it to its original holder.
7. If you lose your coin, you’re responsible to replace it as soon as you possibly can.
8. A gifted coin is a symbol of honor, and as such, receiving a coin carries that responsibility.
9. Challenges shall never, ever be made with ill-intent or malice.
10. There are zero exceptions to these rules.