Members of the U.S. Armed Forces have a long-standing tradition of carrying challenge coins symbolizing unit identity and brotherhood. Each piece usually bears unique unit symbols or mottos that identify the group in which they represent, and are often traded, presented, and collected between unit members.
When a member of the armed forces or veteran produces his challenge coin, other members are challenged to produce theirs as well. Anyone who cannot also show his or her coin must, traditionally, buy the next round.
Now you can get a challenge coin of your own and support the Ely Legion while you do. In celebration of the American Legion’s 100th anniversary in Ely, the St. Quentin post has struck a commemorative challenge coin.
This is a beautifully made coin that will certainly become a collector’s item. Only 200 were made and no others will ever be made in this design. The face of the coin displays the St. Quentin Post unit crest in full color. The crest is surrounded by 45 stars each representing one of the post’s 45 founding members.
The reverse identifies the founding year and our centennial year: 1921-2021 and includes the symbolic poppy in the design. The back has a serial number engraved between 001-200. Each is unique and presenting the coin at future events will confer certain benefits and privileges such as special drink discounts and other yet-to-be-determined advantages.
The coin is 1.75 inches in diameter and quite heavy to hold. It is challenge coin in which to take pride.
When they are sold out, they are gone forever. In celebration of the post centennial, they will be made available to the public. The coins are $25.00 each plus $2.00 for mailing. Proceeds will go to support the Ely Legion and help it pay the bills that continue to come during the pandemic.
Checks may be made out to Ely Legion Post 555 and sent to…
Legion Challenge Coins
1545 Main St,
Ely, IA 52227