Marine First Sergeant USMC Challenge Coin


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Marine First Sergeant Coin (FSgt) is made from polished bronze with a smooth cut edge. The front of the coin features the words ‘United States Marine Corps – First Sergeant’. The center of the challenge coin displays a diamond, three chevrons, and three rockers. On the back of the coin is a raised Eagle, Globe & Anchor and the words ‘Semper Fidelis’.

This coin has the look and feel of genuine quality and would make a great addition to your collection or an affordable promotion gift that any Marine will appreciate. Arrives professionally & individually packaged. Collect one for each rank you achieved! Made in USA.

First Sergeant Marine Corps Challenge Coin Features

  • USMC First Sergeant (E8) design.
  • Bronze alloy.
  • Accented in bold colors.
  • Measures 1.75 in.
  • Professionally & individually packaged.
  • Made in USA.
  • Licensed by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Marine Corps First Sergeant – 1stSgt

First Sergeant (1stSgt) in the USMC is a distinguished rank within the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) corps, classified under pay grade E-8. 

This rank carries a unique command-focused role, setting it apart from its technical counterpart, the Master Sergeant. First Sergeants are the senior enlisted leaders in a company, battery, or equivalent units, playing a pivotal role in discipline, administration, and the morale and welfare of their unit. They work closely with commanding officers, providing essential leadership and guidance. 

The rank of First Sergeant signifies a Marine’s extensive experience and their exceptional ability in managing and leading Marines, reflecting their dedication to the Corps’ values and mission.

The USMC Challenge Coin

Marine Corps challenge coins are deeply rooted in military tradition. They symbolize honor, camaraderie, and individual accomplishments in the USMC. 

Military challenge coins trace their roots back to ancient Rome, where custom coins rewarded exceptional feats. They later evolved into “portrait medals” during the Renaissance. 

In the early US military, challenge coins were exclusive to high-ranking officers recognizing exceptional achievements. Notably, in World War I, a pilot’s coin saved his life by proving his identity. Some argue that modern challenge coin traditions, including in the Marine Corps, originated during the Vietnam War for bar entry. 

Today, these coins signify specific achievements or service excellence and carry sentimental value, serving as tokens of significant moments in a Marine’s journey.

The Coin Check and Other Rules 

A coin check is a spontaneous challenge where members must promptly display their coins.

Rules for coin checks are informal, allowing challenges to occur anywhere, anytime, by displaying the coin and shouting “coin check!” Accidentally dropping a coin counts as a deliberate challenge. Responding within ten seconds by presenting a unit’s coin is essential.

Consequences add a playful element: failure to produce a coin results in buying drinks for the challenger and others. Conversely, a successful challenge requires the challenger to buy a round for the group.

The tradition also includes coin theft, with successful thieves earning a drink. Coins are typically carried for easy access, with a widely accepted rule of “a step and a reach.” Presentation often occurs subtly during handshakes, with modifications like drilling holes or attaching them to belt buckles invalidating their challenge status.

Additional information

Weight 0.11875 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 3 × .125 in

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