Are you ready to buy custom challenge coins? Custom challenge coins or custom coins are die struck or die-cast medallions that are usually manufactured overseas. These challenge coins are produced using one customer’s or a group of customers’ design. Feel the invigoration and satisfaction of seeing your ideas come to life through your own custom metal keepsake. People are creators by nature and these coins offer a great outlet for your inner creativity. Custom challenge coins are made for Fortune 500 companies, churches, collegiate and religious groups or organizations, the United States Military and veterans’ groups alike.
Custom challenge coins can be created to accommodate paint color or other more specialized features. The best practice is to let your challenge coin vendor know if you’re thinking about adding paint color on a future production run. Coin designers will use that information during the proofing phase so color can be added on the first production run or any following production runs. Complete and thorough information is the key to every successful coin order. All expectations should be laid out accordingly. Desired need by date is arguably the most important piece of information that should be disclosed.
Paint colors that are used on custom challenge coins are derived from the Pantone Solid Coated color chart. You also have the option of more specialized paint such as pearlescent, transparent, glow in the dark and heat changing paint, and the less traditional color option of silk-screening. Silk-screening is NOT used very often on coins but can be used for fine detail lines or text that is too small to build walls of metal around and paint in the traditional sense.
One very cool feature that sets custom coins apart from collectible monetary coins is their thickness and edge. A typical die struck brass custom challenge coin is 3mm thick. Extra thickness is available but usually costs more unless you’re increasing the thickness of a die-cast challenge coin in which case you may NOT incur any additional cost.
The edges of custom challenge coins can and do vary greatly. They can be flat and smooth like a United States Penny, have a reeded or fluted edge like a United States Quarter or Dime. Additional special edges include diamond cut edges that are machined onto the coin. They are Flat, Petal Cut, Twist and Weave diamond cut edges. Diamond cut edges can be machined onto your coin order either before or after plating. Knowing that allows you to differentiate between multiple production runs. Rope and chain edges are also available, however chain edges are usually only available on die-cast coins, depending upon their size and scope.
I hope you have found this information useful. I have over 10 years of experience and 1,000 custom coin designs under my belt. I would love the opportunity to put my knowledge and experience to work for you on your next custom metal project. Until next time, be good to yourselves and each other.