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Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity challenge coin

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**ALL COINS ARE DEISNED BY ME EXCLUSIVELY, MADE IN LIMITED SUPPLY, AND APPROVED BY THE FRATERNITYS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS**. This challenge coin is 44 mm in diameter and 3.5 mm thick, and is finished in antique silver. It features a ring of cherry enamel that circles a stunning 3 dimensional crest! Our coins are die struck like real money which means you will not find another coin with greater detail. Feel good about purchasing from us, as we are a registered GREEK LICENSED PRODUCT vendor. Come see us at for other greek fraternity challenge coins as well as challenge coin accessories. Thanks for looking!

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

During World War 1, 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 medallions, 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. Unfortunately, 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 the pilot a gift before sending him on his way. Once he returned to his squadron and relayed the story of how the medallion contributed to his safe return, it became a tradition for members to carry their medallion at all times. The particulars of which resulted in the medallion becoming known as a “Challenge Coin”. The legacy continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.

Materials Used

Bronze alloy

Product Attributes

Color: Black

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