Front Of Coin Back Of Coin
If you are familiar with military customs, you may know about challenge coins. If not, well then, here is a crash course. Challenge coins are collected by members of organizations to prove membership and boost morale. Their history in the United States is said to date back to World War I where it was given to members of an Army Air Corps squadron by one of the squadron lieutenants. One of the pilots of the squadron was shot down behind enemy lines and captured by the Germans. All of his belongings were confiscated with the exception of the challenge coin which he kept in a leather pouch around his neck. Escaping the Germans after they were attacked by the British, the pilot donned civilian attire and made contact with a French patrol. Not having any form of identity, he was mistaken as a German spy and ordered executed. Desperately needing to prove his identity, he produced his challenge coin. One of the Frenchmen recognized the insignia on the coin and delayed the execution long enough to determine the pilots true identity and prevent the execution. Thus, the tradition of carrying a challenge coin at all times by members of an organization was born! Don’t be caught without yours, you may be challenged!
Other Lodges in the area have challenge coins and have sold many of them. Now Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100 A.F.&A.M. has it’s own! I put much thought into the design of our coin and it is rich with symbolism. On the face of the coin, you will notice a skull with the square and compass and the all seeing eye. Those familiar with Hebrew and a keen eye may notice a certain letter on the face of the coin as well. Surrounding the skull is cipher. I will leave it to you to discover it’s meaning and the relationship it has with the Glow in the Dark aspect of the coin! Each coin is individually numbered on the front as well.
On the back of the coin you will notice Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100 A.F.&A.M. is prominently displayed around the outer edge. You will also notice the 47th problem of Euclid, surrounded by the blazing star and the purple of our fraternity, within a ring of checkered pavement.
Each coin comes in its own plastic pouch and sells for $10. This is a fundraiser for the Lodge, but could also be used to spark interest and conversation in Masonry as well as comraderie between brethren. I hope you consider purchasing one and keeping it on you as a source of pride in our Lodge, or purchase two and give one as a gift while visiting another lodge. Let’s continue the trend and build relationships with all members of the Fraternity in the process!