Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that dates back to the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million. There are approximately 150,000 under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland, over a quarter of a million under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England and just under two million in the United States.
To become a Freemason, the following requirements must be met:
- A man must be of his own free will.
- He must believe in a Supreme Being.
- Be at least the minimum age which is usually 18-25.
- Have good morals and a good reputation.
- Be of sound mind and body.
- Be free-born not a slave or bondsman.
- Be capable of furnishing character references
Lodges Create Their Own Custom Design Challenge Coins to Give Out
Each lodge has the ability to create their own custom challenge coin. The double sided nature of the coin allows two different images to be incorporated into the design. Typically, lodges use one sign to establish the fact that they are Masons. That’s why they include the Masonic square and compass as the most prominent image on their coins. Other symbolic images are incorporated depending on the lodge’s vision for the coin. With so many known and secret symbols, no two Masonic challenge coins are ever alike.
Antiquing Coins Gives Them a Worn, Weathered Look
The coin you see here is a traditional die struck gold coin. We could have added color fills to this coin which would have changed it to a soft enamel coin. Another technique we use on a lot of Masonic coins is an antique finish. The antique finish is brushed over the entire coin and any recessed metal areas will absorb the finish leaving it with a worn, older look to it.
If your Masonic lodge is in need of custom challenge coins, give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you come up with a design that fits your needs and the unique personality of your members. Call 1-800-252-0904 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.