This year ARRL and the Amateur Radio community celebrate the 75th anniversary of W1AW, The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station. To help commemorate this milestone, ARRL has introduced an anniversary Challenge Coin. The die-struck, 1-1/2 inch brass coin depicts the front of W1AW on one side in color fill. Around the perimeter of are the words MAXIM MEMORIAL STATION
and W1AW – ESTABLISHED 1938
. The other side includes the ARRL diamond logo against a hemisphere of the world. Around the perimeter are the words THE AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE
and AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE
. The coin is struck with the year-of-issue, 2013. Five diamond shapes on the coin’s head signify the five ARRL pillars: public service, advocacy, education, technology and membership.
What is a Challenge Coin?
While there are many stories about the origin and history of challenge coins (wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin), these medals have been popular with organizations and leagues for decades. Challenge coins are commonly issued among the military and civil service organizations, including police, fire and EMS officials. These mementos are often used to commemorate a special occasion or to show loyalty among individuals that share pride and affinity for a particular service or agency.
Also available: ARRL VE Challenge Coin