Challenge Coin Update

Posted August 5, 2017 12:53 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Challenge Coin Update

I have received several emails from priests who have upcoming Jubilees as well as from men who will soon be ordained.  They, too, want to have challenge coins made as I did for my 25th.  They wanted to know where/how I had mine made.
After I produced the design (I used the coat-of-arms on the side bar and then sought the help of a fellow who has helped with graphics on this blog, the great Vincenzo), I shopped around various sites looking for options and estimates.  There are lots of options, gentlemen.  My advice: If you want to do this, do not dawdle!  This can take a goodly chunk of time.  Start waaay in advance of the date you want to start distributing them.  Also, depending on the options you ask for and the number of coins you order, it won’t be cheap.  Lastly, have them numbered.  Mine are in a numbered series, engraved on the edge.
Next, this is fun.
I’ve been giving them – personally and by post – to some close friends and some particularly persistent and generous benefactors.   A few have been sent out in gratitude on receipt of a donation sent specifically for the purpose of getting one.  (Thanks!  That is defraying the cost of the coins, which is helpful: see the sidebar.)
Also, I have slowly but surely started to receive some coins from military and LEOs.  This is where the really fun part is.  When I get a coin, I send my coin.   I’ve already received a few spiffy one, too.  I’ll soon need a display case.
I have a lot of travel coming up, including a trip this month to NYC where I hope personally to give a couple of my coins to the NYPD LEOs who gave me my first: NYPD Holy Name Society coins.  How cool is that?  They inspired me

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