Sturgis Harley-Davidson® Challenge Coin

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  • Sturgis Harley-Davidson
  • Sturgis, SD

History of Challenge Coins

Challenge coins surfaced during the World War I era. The practice of carrying a coin designed specifically for a unit was popular with the Army Special Forces. Carrying the coin at all times and presenting it when "challenged" to prove affiliation with that unit resulted in a number of consequences for those who could not produce a coin; the most popular required the coinless soldier to buy a round of drinks. That practice continues to be popular today.