It is certainly a special event to acquire a challenge coin. Challenge coins are necessarily a celebration of one's affiliation with an elite group. A person that has served in the military will have a challenge coin as an honor of their membership in such an amazing group of professionals.
The origins of the challenge coin centered on the ability to show proof that someone served in the military. That is, if anyone "challenged" someone's legitimacy as a veteran, the ability to present the coin was available. Does that mean the person should carry a challenge coin with them in case such a circumstance occurs? No, the challenge coin needs to be kept properly safe and secure. It is a rare item and that means the storage of the coin should be taken seriously. That's why it is important to know how to properly store and secure the coin.
Some of these coins are rare and quite valuable. For many servicemen, the coin is a one of a kind and cannot be replaced. This is why it cannot be kept in a small box and placed in a drawer and left for year. That's because one day you may open the drawer after a few years and discover that the item is no longer there. To avoid such an unfortunate scenario, the key to preserving the challenge coins is to place it in a safe, secured, and locked place where access to the coin is not easy. This will make life a lot easier for the person who owns the coins since it makes losing or misplacing the coins next to impossible.
The most secure place to store a challenge coin would be a private safety deposit box. Yes, there are costs with acquiring a safety deposit box but, depending upon what type of entity you lease a safety deposit box from, the costs will vary. You could conceivably acquire a decent safety deposit box for very little money.
The obvious problem with a safety deposit box is the fact that you will not be able to view the challenge coin. For those that wish to display the coin, another option may prove to cover both bases. That is, the safety and visibility of the challenge coins will be preserved. This can be achieved by framing the coin and placing it on the wall. As the name implies, framing refers to placing the challenge coin in a glass case that is connected to a frame. This is then placed on the wall where is clearly secure and visible.
Types of challenge coin displays
This type of display cabinet is available in oak, cherry, walnut and black. It has a beautiful design that includes brass hinges, door latches and a glass door to keep keep dust out and inquisitive fingers away. The felt fabric background can display up to 88 standard coins. The cabinet comes ready to mount on your wall.
These wooden desk display pieces are available in oak, cherry and walnut. They hold 30-120 coins that can be displayed in 3, 4, 5 tiers or in 3, 6 or 12 rows. They can be made to fit any decor, home, office or military setting.
This is a great way to display a single challenge coin, medallion or military ribbon where all sides are visible. The mini dome comes with a coin stand that will hold most coin sizes.
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Securing a challenge coin is always a good idea considering the rarity of the item. So, take the additional steps to properly safeguard and display the item. You'll definitely be pleased you did.