USMC Intelligence Community Challenge Coin

USMC Design Element - 3D Helmet

The Inspiration Behind the Challenge Coin

3D Designed Challenge Coin

As we talked, my friend said Kev, can you design a challenge coin? As the excitement stirred we began talking about the meaning and arrived at a humanoid honey badger (They step up to fear!) as the main character. We thought of the serrated edge of the classic K-Bar knife which ended as the hair, and being this was representing an intelligence division, we needed circuitry and a secret.

The outer edge was the secret, I created an encrypted message hidden in plain sight. I started at the word "What", and applied the first 8 bits as Binary 00001010 = 10. Followed by Binary 10101000 = 168. which creates an IP address of This IP is only local. This means that the IP address is not accessible from the Internet, it is local and only accessible within the network. Felt that was fitting for an Intelligence division.

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