Similarly to challenge coins, medallions are used to signify an important event, accomplishment, membership in an organization or any situation where remembrance or recognition are sought. The history of medallions coincides with that of challenge coins – dating back to the Roman Empire. Early on, medallions were given in recognition of a significant accomplishment, and were crafted with precious metals to signify importance. While a coin is small enough to be carried in one’s pocket, a medallion is traditionally larger than a coin. Due to their size, medallions are typically displayed on a stand, framed or affixed to a ribbon to be worn around one’s neck. Although challenge coins and medallions are similar in nature and design, medallions tend to carry a higher importance.
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Colleges and Universities
Medallions come in all shapes and sizes, and can be used for various applications. C. Forbes, Inc. has designed and crafted medallions to assist various organizations in recognizing significant events and accomplishments. An eight-piece medallion set was created to recognize the accomplishments of Arnold Palmer in his eight major victories, while a limited edition, custom medallion marked the dedication and grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. These represent but a few examples of the extensive variety that C. Forbes, Inc. has created for our customers.