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While On Season One of "Under The Dome", the script for the new episode called for a character to prove he was a member of a military unit by placing a shoulder patch upon the side of the Dome, so the soldiers could see it. As a former military man, I know that Challenge Coins are used for such purposes. It proves membership in a particular unit or command.

Upon a bit of discussion, it was decided that the idea of a challenge coin was the way to go. It had to be contemporary and reflect a Southwest Asian Operational Environment.

I sketched the Rabbit out... Scanned and composed it into the coin layout you see to the left. The art was sent to have the Challenge Coins made.

Special recognition goes to one of the best Prop Men out there... Robbie Beck, for making it happen within a week, when the regular lead time for such a thing is around a month!

How a Challenge Coin Works in the world....

The challenge, which can be made at any time, begins with the challenger drawing his/her coin, and slapping or placing the coin on the table or bar. In noisy environments, continuously rapping the challenge coin on a surface may initiate the challenge. (Accidentally dropping a challenge coin is considered to be a deliberate challenge to all present.) Everyone being challenged must immediately produce the coin for their organization and anyone failing to do so must buy a round of drinks for the challenger and everyone else who has their challenge coin. However, should everyone challenged be able to produce their coin, the challenger must buy a round of drinks for the group.
SpecOps Challenge Coin...
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