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CAP Challenge Coins History

CAP Challenge Coins History

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Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
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November-December 2006
coin set the stage for otherCAP coins to honor partici-pants, such as the NationalCadet Competition coinfirst issued in 2001, theCadet Officer Schoolcoin given to graduatessince 2003 and the officialCAP National Commander'scoin introduced in 2004, which isawarded to CAP members whoexcel in meeting specific chal-lenges and goals. These coinscontinue to be a prizedmemento of the experience. Among the top coins awarded
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 AP coins are oftenimaginatively designed around ameaningful logoor insignia, andsome have colorful enamelwareenhancing the image. Generally,they are struck frommodified bronze,though a few aremade of silver orgold. Yet, many members are avidcollectors, and the reasonscan be readily traced to each coin’sorigin. An important coinknown as the Phoenix was first mintedin 1994. Mem-bers of the Iowa Wing’s Washing-ton-BrintonComposite Squadron were the first recipients of the coinin recognition of outstandingperformance. It was subse-quently awarded to otherindividuals or squadronsfor superior performancein the CAP cadet program.The morale value of the
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CHALLENGE
The custom of presenting special coins in recognition of superior achievement dates back to the Roman Empire. Coin collectors, aware of military and para-military organizations' long-standing tradition of rewarding significant career milestones,acts of bravery and valor with specially designed coins, also prize coins issued by the Civil Air Patrol. CAP coins are collectible because there are relatively fewstruck, and the majority of them are only presented to deserving CAP members.
CAP coins represent merit deserved,excellence achieved 
By Janet Adams 

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