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Any serious challenge coin collector knows that some are far more valuable than others. So, what exactly are these challenge coins?


The 17th Infantry COL "Buffalo Bill" Quinn coin, presidential challenge coins, Navy Deep Sea Master Diver Challenge Coin, and B-52 Bulldog challenge coins are among the most valuable challenge coins in history.


Challenge coins are enjoyable to collect regardless of their monetary value. Of course, having some rare and valuable coins in your collection is always cool. The following section discusses the most valuable challenge coins in history, why challenge coins can be so valuable, how the value is determined, and which types of challenge coins are the rarest.


What does Challenge Coins be used for?

Traditionally, challenge coins are used to identify a specific person within a group. In World War One, for example, they were used to prove a soldier's membership in a specific unit. Among other benefits, this would help prevent spies from entering enemy camps. Challenge coins have evolved and are now used to signify membership by organizations all over the world. The Armed Forces, military units, and fire and police departments are just a few examples. They are also used as special event awards and souvenirs.


What Makes Some Challenge Coins So Expensive?

Custom challenge coins, like any other hard-to-find item, increase in value if they are considered rare. Furthermore, challenge coins with historical significance were only produced in small quantities or for special, one-time events, making them more valuable than others. In other cases, people will pay thousands of dollars for a coin because of its sentimental value. Here's a quick rundown of the most important factors that influence the value of a challenge coin.


1. Rarity

Rarity, as with any coin, is the most important factor in determining the value of a challenge coin. Rare challenge coins are not always available for purchase, which increases demand and drives up the price. Assume a challenge coin was made in limited quantities for a specific event or to commemorate a significant occasion, and only a small number of coins were made. In that case, the challenge coin's scarcity will increase its value. The POTUS and other coins awarded to senior politicians are examples of these.


2. Importance

Military challenge coins have varying values depending on their significance and association. For example, the unit or branch of the military that the coin represents, as well as the rank of the official who distributed it, can have a significant impact on its value. Coins from prestigious units, such as Black Ops, are similarly sought after and valuable. A military challenge coin's value can also vary depending on the rank of the officer or official who distributed it. Due to scarcity and historical significance, coins from higher-ranking officials, such as the Secretary of Defense or the President, have a much higher value.


3. Situation

A collectible's condition is critical in determining its value. This also applies to challenge coins. Coins in good condition with few signs of wear and tear are usually more valuable than those in fair or poor condition. Scratches and other damage to the coin's appearance are taken into account when inspecting its condition. Coins with flaws, such as holes or a heavily scratched surface, are typically worth less than their intact counterparts.


4. Materials and Design

Simple coins are less valuable than those with unique, intricate, and visually appealing designs. The materials used to make the coin can also have an impact on its value. Coins made of high-quality metals with intricate enamel work are generally more valuable than those made of less expensive materials.

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Most Valuable Challenge Coins in History


It's time to investigate the most valuable challenge coins. The list is based on the aforementioned factors as well as the most recent prices paid for them.


1. Bulldog B-52 Challenge Coin

One of the most valuable military challenge coins is the B-52 Bulldog. This coin, which represented strength and courage, was distributed to B-52 gunners during WWII. The position of the gunner no longer exists, and the coin is no longer manufactured, making it a rare find. Because it has been passed down through many families as an heirloom, it is difficult to find for sale on the open market.


2. Commander of the 17th Infantry of Korea, "Buffalo Bill"

The 17th Infantry Regiment Challenge Coin 1952 issue is one of the rarest and most valuable coins. The coin was commissioned by William "Buffalo Bill" Quinn to identify members of the 17th regiment. Quinn was given the nickname "Buffalo Bill" as a radio call sign.

On one side of the challenge coin, there is a buffalo and the date 1812. The date commemorates the 17th Infantry Regiment's first activation. The dates 1950 and 1952 run along the top of the coin, representing the regiment's years in Korea during the Korean War. The 17th Infantry Regiment Distinguished Unit Insignia is beneath this, with the text "17th INF." This is followed by the text "Korea." Until the early 1960s, the coin was not disturbed.


3. Delta Force Special Operations

The coin was designed for the elite 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment: Delta, also known as Delta Force. These special forces personnel are tasked with extremely dangerous and top-secret missions. As a result, it's not surprising that only a few are in circulation. They can be found on eBay for between $1100 and $3200. On the front of the coin is the Delta Force logo, a sword with a yellow lighting triangle. Depending on the recipient's rank, the reverse side has a different design. On this side, however, the text "America's Finest" and "Oppressors Beware" appear.


4. DEVGRU SEAL Team 6 Gold Squadron, Naval Special Warfare Development Group

Members of Seal Team Six receive one of the more unusually shaped coins. The coin depicts a golden eagle with an anchor, rifle, and trident on the front and a cross with the letter "R" on the reverse. The coin's value stems primarily from its extremely limited minting and the Seal Team Six's secrecy.


5. Seal Team Six Black Squadron Warfare Development Group is the fifth Seal Team

The Joint Special Forces Command distributed this slick challenge coin to Seal Team Six members. The front of this round coin features a Roman helmet with the text "Presented by Task Force Commander." The reverse features the text "The deed is all... not the glory" and a sword in the shape of a shield. On a black background, the entire coin has gold accents.


6. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

As previously stated, some of the most valuable coins are those given to high-ranking politicians, and this coin is no exception. The historical significance of being the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives alone makes it valuable. One recently sold for $7,500 on eBay.

The front has a picture of the United States Capitol Building and Nancy Pelosi's signature in gold on a dark blue background. The text "Seal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives" is written in gold along the edge of the challenge coin on a white background. On a dark blue background, inside this text circle is an eagle with the date 1789 and several gold stars.


7. Central Intelligence Agency, Russia House

The CIA, another covert organization, also used challenge coins. On the front, the text "Russia House" and "Excellence in Espionage Since 1947" appear, as does an image of Russia obscured by the CIA logo. The coins were part of the CIA's spying on Russia program. Recently sold on eBay for around $3,000.


8. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State

Under President Trump, Mike Pompeo served as Director of the CIA before being appointed Secretary of State. The controversy surrounding his presidency is one of the main reasons this coin has a high value. The 1.75-inch coin features his signature, a waving flag, and the text "Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State." The presidential seal is displayed on the reverse, along with the text "Department of State" and "United States of America" in gold on a dark blue background.


What Is the most ancient challenge coin?

Challenge coins can be traced back to Ancient Rome. Recently, coins minted during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, known for his famous wall in Britain, have been sold. This coin is thought to have been made between 117 and 138 AD. The 17th Infantry of Korea "Buffalo Bill" coin is one of the oldest known military-style challenges. Click here to Maker Souvenir Blank Military Army Challenge Coins.


What is the rarest type of challenge coin?

The most valuable challenge coins are those made for US Presidents and bearing the President of the United States Seal. Since Bill Clinton's presidency, each U.S. president has had a custom coin, which is typically passed down to military personnel, wounded military members and their families, and foreign dignitaries. To keep the exchange private, the coins are usually given through a simple handshake.

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