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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Challenge Coins


What is a Challenge coin: A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organizationís insignia or emblem and carried by the organizationís members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.


Haida Challenge Coin


The Haida Challenge coin represents the Haida's two commissionings - her WW2 commission and her post-war commission.  The front of the coin has her name and two pennant/pendant numbers, her unofficial wartime badge and the accolade "Canada's Fightingest Ship", given to her due to her large number of WW2 surface actions.  The back of the coin has the unofficial motto of the RCN as the Haida did not have a ship's motto, her post wartime badge, an image of the ship and her period of service from the start of her first commission till the end of her second.


The cost is $18 per coin, which includes shipping anywhere in Canada.  To get more information on how to purchase a Haida Challenge coin, as a keepsake for your service in her, or for that of a family member who served in her, please email -   Please put HAIDA COIN in the subject line.


Click on the photo on the left to view a large image of the coin