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Have you heard of the ARRSE Challenge Coin ??

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I think Gundulph has started something extraordinary and it will raise a lot of money for Holidays4Heroes. :thumleft:


Gundulph said:
We want to put this to the ARRSE Members before going ahead with it, our idea is to have something ongoing that will help Holidays For Heroes this time, many will know the History & concept of the military "Challenge Coin" (history pasted below), I worked for several years in Bosnia with a Vietnam Vet with 3 tours under his belt and a SEAL Team member, he told me the Challenge Coin has a history dating back to WWI but it really took off in Vietnam when guys were on their R&R in the likes of Bangkok and Walts were in abundance, everyone was in 'Special Forces'! so certain Units designed and had produced their own Unit coins complete with a coin number engraved on a small Scroll so when a member of the Unit was confronted by a Walt in a bar in Bangkok claiming he was in the same Special Forces Unit he would be confronted by a "Coin Challenge" and the Walt would be instantly outed...

We have made a design for an ARRSE Challenge Coin but want to put it to the ARRSE Members first to see if there is enough interest in such a coin to be used in any future Piss-Ups, a few details below (Design to follow shortly), the difference with the ARRSE Coin over any other coin is it will have the Rules on the reverse side together with the Coin Number.

The Coin would be carried in all future ARRSE Piss-Ups and any other Piss-Up/Re-Union where Members know each other and know if others have a coin also so they can be “Challenged”, the idea is to Auction the first 10 Coins, every coin will be numbered so the first 10 coins will be 001 – 010 and each will be auctioned separately with all proceedings going to YesItsMe & Grownup_Rafbrat 's Holiday for Heroes and all coins sold afterwards a Pound will go direct to Holidays for Heroes from the Sale of EVERY Coin.

The front will have ARmy Rumour ServicE along the top of the coin, the ARRSE Mushroom figure in the middle and simply 'ARRSE' below the figure.

The Rules will be on the Reverse side along with a small scroll with the coin number engraved on it as well as www.arrse.co.uk underneath the Rules along the bottom edge of the coin.



The History of the Challenge Coin

During World War I, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons in Europe. 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 him a bottle of wine.

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.

And here is a summary of numbers that have already been taken:

:locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked: .. :locked:
:( - :( - :( - :( - 015 - :( - :( - 018 - 019 - :(
021 - :( - . :( - :( - :( - 026 - 027 - :( - 029 - 030
031 - 032 - :( - 034 - 035 - :( - 037 - 038 - :( - :(
041 - :( - 043 - 044 - :( - 046 - 047 - 048 - . :( - :(
:( - . :( - 053 - 054 - :( - 056 - :( - 058 - :( - 060
061 - 062 - :( - 064 - 065 - :( - 067 - 068 - :( - 070
:( - :( - 073 - :( - 075 - 076 - 077 - 078 - . :( - 080
081 - 082 - 083 - 084 - 085 - 086 - 087 - :( - 089 - 090
091 - 092 - 093 - :( - 095 - 096 - 097 - 098 - . :( - :(

:( - :( - 103 - 104 - :( - :( - :( - 108 - 109 - :(
:( - 112 - 113 - :( - 115 - 116 - 117 - 118 - 119 - :locked:
:( - 122 - 123 - 124 - 125 - 126 - :locked: - :( - 129 - :(
131 - 132 - 133 - 134 - :( - 136 - 137 - 138 - 139 - :(
141 - :( - 143 - 144 - 145 - 146 - :( - 148 - 149 - 150
:( - . :( - 153 - 154 - . :locked: - :( - 157 - 158 - 159 - :(
161 - 162 - 163 - 164 - :( - 166 - 167 - 168 - 169 - 170
171 - 172 - 173 - 174 - 175 - 176 - 177 - 178 - 179 - 180
181 - 182 - 183 - 184 - :( - 186 - :( - 188 - 189 - 190
191 - 192 - :( - :( - 195 - 196 - 197 - 198 - 199 - 200

201 - 202 - 203 - 204 - 205 - 206 - 207 - 208 - :( - . :(
211 - 212 - 213 - :( - :( - . :( - 217 - 218 - :( - 220
221 - 222 - 223 - :( - 225 - 226 - 227 - 228 - 229 - 230
:( - 232 - 233 - 234 - 235 - :( - 237 - 238 - 239 - 240
241 - :( - . :( - 244 - 245 - :( - 247 - :( - 249 - 250
251 - 252 - 253 - 254 - 255 - 256 - 257 - :( - 259 - 260
:( - 262 - . :( - :( - 265 - 266 - 267 - 268 - :( - 270
271 - 272 - :( - 274 - 275 - 276 - 277 - :( - 279 - 280
281 - :( - 283 - :( - 285 - 286 - 287 - 288 - 289 - 290
291 - :( - 293 - 294 - 295 - 296 - 297 - 298 - 299 - :(

301 - 302 - :locked: - 304 - :( - 306 - 307 - 308 - 309 - 310
311 - 312 - :( - 314 - :( - 316 - 317 - 318 - 319 - 320
:( - . :( - 323 - :( - 325 - 326 - 327 - 328 - 329 - 330
331 - 332 - :( - . :( - :( - 336 - :( - 338 - . :( - :(
341 - 342 - 343 - 344 - 345 - 346 - 347 - 348 - 349 - 350
351 - 352 - 353 - 354 - 355 - 356 - 357 - 358 - 359 - :(
361 - 362 - 363 - 364 - 365 - 366 - 367 - :( - 369 - :(
371 - 372 - 373 - :( - 375 - 376 - 377 - 378 - 379 - :(
:( - 382 - :( - 384 - 385 - 386 - 387 - 388 - 389 - 390
391 - 392 - 393 - 394 - 395 - 396 - :( - :( - 399 - 400

:( - 402 - 403 - 404 - 405 - 406 - 407 - 408 - 409 - 410
411 - 412 - 413 - 414 - 415 - 416 - 417 - 418 - 419 - 420
421 - 422 - 423 - 424 - 425 - 426 - 427 - 428 - 429 - 430
431 - 432 - 433 - 434 - 435 - 436 - 437 - 438 - 439 - 440
441 - 442 - 443 - 444 - 445 - 446 - 447 - 448 - 449 - 450
451 - 452 - 453 - 454 - :( - 456 - 457 - 458 - 459 - 460
461 - 462 - 463 - 464 - 465 - :( - . :( - 468 - 469 - 470
471 - 472 - :( - 474 - 475 - 476 - 477 - :( - 479 - 480
481 - 482 - 483 - 484 - 485 - 486 - 487 - 488 - 489 - 490
:( - 492 - 493 - 494 - 495 - 496 - 497 - 498 - 499 - :(

501 - :( - 503 - 504 - 505 - 506 - 507 - 508 - 509 - 510
511 - 512 - 513 - 514 - 515 - 516 - 517 - 518 - 519 - :(
521 - 522 - 523 - 524 - 525 - 526 - 527 - 528 - 529 - 530
531 - 532 - 533 - 534 - 535 - :( - 537 - 538 - 539 - 540
541 - 542 - 543 - :( - :( - 546 - 547 - 548 - 549 - 550
551 - 552 - 553 - 554 - :( - :locked: - 557 - 558 - 559 - 560
561 - 562 - 563 - 564 - :( - 566 - 567 - 568 - 569 - 570
571 - :( - 573 - 574 - 575 - . :( - 577 - 578 - :( - 580
581 - :( - 583 - 584 - 585 - :( - 587 - 588 - 589 - 590
591 - 592 - 593 - 594 - 595 - 596 - 597 - 598 - 599 - 600

601 - 602 - 603 - :( - :( - :( - 607 - 608 - 609 - 610
611 - 612 - 613 - 614 - 615 - 616 - :( - 618 - 619 - 620
621 - 622 - 623 - 624 - 625 - 626 - 627 - 628 - 629 - 630
631 - 632 - 633 - 634 - 635 - 636 - 637 - 638 - 639 - 640
641 - 642 - 643 - 644 - 645 - 646 - :( - 648 - 649 - 650
:( - :( - 653 - 654 - 655 - 656 - 657 - 658 - 659 - 660
:( - 662 - 663 - 664 - 665 - . :( - 667 - 668 - 669 - 670
671 - 672 - 673 - 674 - 675 - 676 - 677 - :( - 679 - 680
681 - 682 - :( - 684 - 685 - :( - 687 - 688 - 689 - 690
691 - 692 - 693 - 694 - 695 - 696 - 697 - 698 - 699 - 700

701 - :( - 703 - 704 - 705 - 706 - 707 - 708 - :( - 710
711 - 712 - :( - 714 - 715 - 716 - 717 - 718 - 719 - . :(
:( - 722 - :( - 724 - 725 - 726 - 727 - 728 - 729 - 730
731 - :( - 733 - 734 - 735 - 736 - 737 - 738 - 739 - 740
741 - 742 - 743 - 744 - 745 - 746 - :( - 748 - 749 - 750
751 - 752 - 753 - 754 - 755 - :( - 757 - 758 - 759 - 760
761 - :locked: - 763 - . :( - 765 - :( - 767 - 768 - :( - 770
771 - 772 - 773 - 774 - 775 - 776 - :( - 778 - 779 - 780
781 - 782 - 783 - 784 - 785 - 786 - 787 - 788 - 789 - 790
791 - :( - 793 - 794 - 795 - 796 - 797 - . :( - 799 - 800

801 - 802 - 803 - 804 - 805 - 806 - 807 - 808 - 809 - 810
811 - 812 - 813 - 814 - 815 - 816 - 817 - 818 - 819 - 820
821 - 822 - 823 - 824 - 825 - 826 - 827 - 828 - 829 - :(
:( - 832 - 833 - 834 - 835 - 836 - 837 - 838 - 839 - 840
841 - 842 - 843 - 844 - 845 - 846 - 847 - 848 - 849 - 850
851 - 852 - 853 - 854 - 855 - 856 - 857 - :( - 859 - 860
861 - :( - :( - . :( - 865 - 866 - :( - 868 - 869 - 870
:( - 872 - 873 - 874 - 875 - 876 - :( - 878 - . :( - 880
881 - 882 - 883 - 884 - 885 - 886 - 887 - :( - 889 - . :(
891 - 892 - 893 - :( - 895 - 896 - 897 - 898 - 899 - 900

:( - 902 - 903 - :( - . :( - 906 - 907 - 908 - . :( - 910
911 - 912 - 913 - 914 - 915 - 916 - 917 - 918 - 919 - 920
921 - 922 - 923 - 924 - 925 - 926 - 927 - 928 - 929 - 930
931 - 932 - :( - 934 - 935 - 936 - 937 - 938 - :( - 940
941 - 942 - 943 - 944 - 945 - :( - 947 - 948 - 949 - 950
951 - 952 - 953 - 954 - 955 - 956 - :( - . :( - 959 - 960
961 - :( - 963 - 964 - 965 - 966 - 967 - 968 - 969 - :(
971 - 972 - 973 - 974 - 975 - 976 - 977 - 978 - :( - :(
981 - 982 - :( - 984 - 985 - 986 - 987 - 988 - :( - 990
991 - 992 - 993 - 994 - 995 - 996 - 997 - 998 - :( - . :(

Those :( tell you the numbers have already been taken.

And the :locked: means locked away for auction. ;)

Gundulph said:
If all agree wholeheartedly on 10GBP then Holidays for Heroes will receive 2.25GBP in Donations for EVERY Coin sold! If you are against the idea of the extra 1.25GBP please let us know here in the thread!
Gundulph said:
We will post full details for payment etc. here in the thread in about 2 weeks time.
(Btw, I'll be on holiday in 8 days. So you lot: Do Gundulph and me a big favour and order your coin NOW !! ;) )


Simply move over to the Charity Forum and reserve yourself your unique and specific ARRSE Challenge Coin. :)


(Sorry for the advert, but this is the most frequented of the forums and some would never know about the coins, unless they read about them in here.)
 

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RogerOut! said:
Can I ask for 219 as my last 3 please?
Go to the main thread and put it on there. Don't confuse YIM (I know it's easily done!)

YIM said:
Simply move over to the Charity Forum and reserve yourself your unique and specific ARRSE Challenge Coin. Smile
 
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Might sound daft but would it be possible to allow space at the top of the coin for a small hole to be drilled in order for it to be attatched to a keyring/chain ect?
 
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spike7451 said:
Might sound daft but would it be possible to allow space at the top of the coin for a small hole to be drilled in order for it to be attatched to a keyring/chain ect?
Let's wait for Gundulph to answer this, though I'm afraid the manufacturing has now advanced to the point that there can't be changes anymore.
 
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