You've put together a challenge coin display you can be proud of... Now where should you put it?
Through the years, you've earned a formidable collection of challenge coins. While they're beautiful, the real value of these coins is the powerful memories they evoke. You see that one? That's the one your commanding general have you when you earned an Army Commendation Award. That other one over there? They gave you that when you joined your unit in Afghanistan for your first tour.
Because these coins are so valuable to you, you've invested time and money to create a showcase. Maybe you built your own by hand or maybe you bought some ready made challenge coin display options. Here are some things to think about as you decide where to place your display...
1. At the Office - Your Workplace
Whether you're still in the military or are now a veteran, bringing your challenge coin display to the office is a great way to express who you are. Visitors to your office will almost certainly take a close look and you'll have the opportunity to tell them a bit more about your experiences. Finding a good spot can be tough, though, especially in a cubicle or an open office environment. You may also need to be concerned about theft depending on where you work and local security.
2. In Your Home Office
Your coins are personal and the home office is your exclusive space. The elegant look of your collection will likely complement and enhance your office decor AND will be a source of inspiration throughout the day as you work. The timeless look of challenge coins combined with the right display can be a nice counterbalance to all the ugly plastic and cables associated with your office equipment.
3. In Your Den, Man Cave, Woman Cave
Another very common spot. While likely more public than your home office, your den is a casual space that expresses your personality. What better place to show the pride you have in your military service? If you choose the right spot, your challenge coins will look right at home with sports memorabilia, movie posters, and other knick knacks common to these areas.
4. In Your Family Room or Living Room
This is an interesting choice, especially if you have a family, because you're presenting something deeply personal in a "common area" of the home. It will probably also be more difficult to coordinate the display with the decor of these rooms. That said, if you're a military family or a family with high military affinity, it may seem perfectly natural to place your display here.
5. Entryway, Hallways, etc.
Finally, entryways, hallways, and other "transitional" zones of the house are also an option. Keep in mind, though, that people tend not to dwell in these areas so the likelihood that your coins really get looked at (by you or by guests) is much lower.
Where NOT to display
Somehow, putting your display in the bathroom doesn't feel quite right. While not necessarily disrespectful, the coins will be "out of place" here. Similarly, utility areas like the laundry room, mud room, and of course the garage are also not optimal. Outdoors MAY be OK if you have a covered area in your backyard - keep in mind, however, that exposure to the elements could cause your coins to age much sooner than they would inside.