USS Helena (SSN 725)
Challenge Coins

Posted 4 August 2009

Limited Issue Commemorative Challenge Coin, $10.00 each, postage paid.
Only 200 made, of those only 50 have been made available to the public. These 50 are rare collectibles!

Coin sizes--1-1/2 inch across and 1/8 inch thick.

Each member of the USS Helena (SSN 725) will receive a coin.
As of early August, the presentation date is pending as the Helena is underway to her next port in New Hampshire.
Their route is inscribed on the coin.

Send check or money order to:
NLUS Orange County Council (payee)
C/O Bill Forrey, President
3610 Amberwood Ct
Lake Elsinore CA 92530

This coin is in use now.

Dates of presentation is unknown

Dates of presentation is unknown

Traditionionally, challenge coins had its beginning in World War I. Challenge coins were issued to battalions as symbols of camaraderie and unity. As time went by, the "challenge" of the challenge coin signified the ability to show your coin as a means of verifying membership in a club, group, or military unit. What is the "challenge" of the challenge coin?

When someone produces their challenge coin, you must produce your coin within 60 seconds. If you are unable to, you must meet the challenge. The “challenge” associated with the challenge coin could be to perform a specific task, buy the other person a drink, or any thing determined by the group who issued the challenge coin.

"Coin Check" Rules

1. A “Coin Check” consists of a challenge and response. A challenge is initiated by either holding your coin in the air or slamming it on a table or floor and yelling “Coin Check!”

2. Individual(s) challenged must respond by showing their Coin with their own unit’s logo to the challenger within 10 seconds.

3. Anyone challenged who doesn’t show their Coin must buy a round of drinks for all challenged, including the challenger.

4. Coin Checks are permitted anywhere and anytime.

5. If everyone being challenged produces their Coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for all challenged.

6. If you accidently drop your Coin and it makes an audible sound on impact, then you “accidentally” initiated a Coin Check.

7. There are no exceptions to the rules. They apply to clothed or un-clothed. One step and an arms reach are allowed.

8. A Coin is a Coin. They are not belt buckles, key chains or necklaces. Coins worn in a holder around the neck are valid.


(SSN 725)