usually have a coin
on which is imprinted
. On the flip side
may be a unit motto
or other information (such as an issue number
, these coins are given (sold
) to all members of a unit
, and to distinguished visitors
. Some units (such as space shuttle
missions) will also sell their coins as keepsake
These coins have also been called beer coins, after the practice (originally from pilots) of "coining." A person takes their coin and places it loudly on a horizontal, hard surface. Everyone else must now place their coin on a similar hard surface.
If anyone fails to have their coin, they must buy the challenger a drink (and exit the bar before another "coining." If everyone has their coin, then the challenger must buy a round for the group.
Despite being out of the military for a full year, the noder still carries coin #46 from the 609th Information Warfare Squadron everywhere, just in case.