Challenge Coins

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion ( usually military ), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s 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 … see this article on wikipedia for more details …

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For more details of these challenge coins and others like them, please refer to ” New Zealand Challenge Coins : A Catalogue : 2nd Edition ” by Hamish MacMaster and Martin Purdy … a detailed listing of all known challenge coins issued by New Zealand or featuring New Zealand since the early 2000’s … issued in May 2016 by The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand … available from the RNSNZ

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Armed Forces

Royal New Zealand Navy

New Zealand Army

Royal New Zealand Air Force

New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment

Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand

New Zealand Defence Force

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NZDF Deployments




Timor Leste

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Ministers of the Crown / Government Departments

Ministers / Ministries

Government Communications Security Bureau

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Other Intelligence Services

New Zealand Customs

New Zealand Police

Diplomatic Representations

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Civil Society / Organisations

First World War Commemoration

Returned and Services Association

New Zealand Red Cross

Salvation Army

Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand

Tauranga Numismatic Society


United Nations Korea

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The following challenge coins are new discoveries since the 2nd edition of the catalog on May 2016 that only feature the New Zealand flag and make no other reference to New Zealand …

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