Antique Gold and full colour enamelled Challenge Coin.
The front shows the Royal Engineers Cap Badge and Corps Colours
along with the wording "Corps of Royal Engineers"
The reverse has the Corps Cypher and the words "Once a Sapper - Always a Sapper.
Each coin comes complete with coin capsule. These capsules protect the coin and enhance its look.
Challenge Coin Origins
It's nearly impossible to definitively know why and where the tradition of challenge coins began. One thing is certain: Coins and military service go back a lot farther than our modern age.
One of the earliest known examples of an enlisted soldier being monetarily rewarded for valor took place in Ancient Rome.
If a soldier performed well in battle that day, he would receive his typical day’s pay, and a separate coin as a bonus.
Some accounts say that the coin was specially minted with a mark of the legion from which it came, prompting some men to hold on to their coins as a memento, rather than spend them on women and wine!!!
Nowadays challenge coins are used to promote friendships, strengthen bonds.