This commemorative challenge coin recognizes the Space Coast Police K9 Competition. The event is held the second Saturday in October and is the only event of its kind on the East Coast of Central Florida. Collect and/or trade and be part of support police K9's and their handlers. This coin was designed by Signature Coins in Orlando per the specifications of members of the Cocoa Police Department's K9 Unit.
Space Coast Police K9 Competition Challenge Coin
The origins of the "Challenge Coin":
There are several stories detailing the origins of the challenge coin.
The Roman Empire rewarded soldiers by presenting them with coins to recognize their achievements.
Challenge coins were also known as "Portrait Medals" during the Renaissance, and were often used to commemorate specific events involving royalty, nobility, or other types of well-to-do individuals. The medals would be given as gifts or awards, and people also exchanged them with friends and associates. The most common format was for one side to depict the patron while the other showed something that represented that individual's family, house, lineage, and/or seal.