Providing the highest quality custom coins for the military, companies, and organizations.
Learn About Our Custom Challenge Coin Design Process
1. Designing Your Custom Coins
We start with a basic sketch based upon what you describe in your initial quote. If you sent us additional pictures or sketches we will use those to help build the foundation of your products design.
We will send you back the first draft of your design. If you want changes to your design, send us feedback on what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want changed.
2. Approving Your Custom Coins
Once you receive the first draft of your art and are happy with the design, tell us what colors you want your custom coin to have.
If you are happy with the colors that you selected for your coins we will start the final process of manufacturing your challenge coins. Be as critical as you want, as our goal is to make you a great product!
3. Manufacturing Your Custom Coins
Once you are happy with the final draft we will manufacture your coins. The process can take between 14-20 days. Once your coins are ready to ship, we will send you a picture showing you how the final coin appears
Shipping can take around 4-8 days depending on your location.
Making a Custom Coins Extraordinary
Stand out by using our professional challenge coin team and create a memorable, long-term impact on others. Challenge coins are a great way of providing others with something they will cherish their entire career and even after. Our custom coins are high quality, unique in their complexity, and designed to make sure that others who see your coin will ask where you got them made. We don’t make our customers cheap custom coins, we make them the best–guaranteed.
When searching the internet it is easy to see that there are plenty of custom challenge coin manufactures to choose from. Where we differ from our competitors is in the story that each of our coins tell and our attention to detail in the design and customization when it comes to working with our clients. We work directly with our clients to help them understand what goes into making a quality custom coin that will best represent them.
Understanding what goes into a coin can be an overwhelming task for some who have never created a challenge coin before. Challenge coins come with a long tradition as well as an unlimited combination of colors and symbols that can represent the person or organization. With that in mind, it’s important to make a challenge coin that is specific to you and what you are trying to convey. It is equally important that the tradition and history of the challenge coin is preserved.
Manufacturing Custom Coins
Creating custom coins from scratch can be a complicated and overwhelming task to many, but our professional team has created a system that lets customers design the coin they want, in a timely manner. We start with a basic idea or description provided by our customers. This can be a sketch, images, or some simple descriptions of what is needed and the coin’s objective. We then take that sketch or idea and turn it into a number of basic designs that can be selected from. When the customer is satisfied with the look we move into adding colors and texture to the coin. A good portion of the time designing the coin is spent making sure that the coin is exactly the way it’s intended to look. Most challenge coins are manufactured out of zinc to reduce the cost. The higher quality and heavier coins are produced out of copper or precious metals. Coins made out of these other metals will cost more per coin and it is up to the customer whether they want to have a heavier, more expensive coin. Though the quality of metal makes an impact on the end feel and look of your coin, there are a number of different factors that go into making a great coin.
Designing Custom Coins
Custom coins today are a lot like business cards. They have important information on them: they represent an organization or a person and they tell the story of the person who created the idea or design behind it. When we start on a new project we ask our clients to provide us with some specific things they want their coin to include; these may be anything from a logo, quote or words, organization name, and imagery specific to the organization or person. To make it easier for our customers we have found that there are some basic principles that should be represented in any successful coin:
- The organization is clearly represented in each image
- The colors bring out the important aspects of the coin
- The size, thickness, and feel of the coin all convey a story that represents the person who had this particular coin made.
Learn more about our design process and how you can start making great custom challenge coins today.
Understanding the Image of a Coin
The best way to start to design the image of the custom coin is to sketch out some ideas of what the coin should represent. These images should present the receiver of the coin with a clear representation of your organization. A good place to start is to look at the images and logos of your unit or organization. Providing those images in your design will help us determine the look and feel of your coin. Additionally, providing fine details about the edging of your coin or any specific small etching that you want on your custom challenge coin gives us valuable insights into how you want your final coin product to look.
The detail put into the image of the coin can sometimes make or break the coin. Being too complex in the design can take away from the key features of what the coin is trying to focus on. Placing detail on the items that mean the most to you is key to having your coin being remembered as one of the highly sought after challenge coins that people are excited to receive.
Something that a lot of people are surprised to hear is the complexity of coloring details into the coin. With every different color, someone will need to paint in each and every detail in that particular scheme. This in itself can take a lot of time and require a steady hand. If you plan to use a lot of different colors in your coin, it’s important to reduce the amount of detail in the design of your image to reduce cost. A simple elegant design will ensure that the image is clear in your final custom coin.
Not Everyone is an Artist and Not Every Artist is a Good Artist
When selecting your challenge coin designer it is equally important to look at their past work and see what type of detail and design elements are emphasized. Our custom coin designers have had years of experience in making challenge coins in different media formats. They have been professionally trained to understand the importance of conveying a message in each and every coin that we produce. Choosing the right designer or artist is undoubtedly the most important decision when it comes to making a high quality challenge coin.
The Colors of Custom Coins
Once your images are selected and you have a basic design, it’s time to add your coin colors. Choosing the right colors is important as there is an entire psychology behind how they make us feel. This includes how they affect the emotional impact of your coin. Large companies spend thousands of dollars to research colors for their logos and brand. For instance, customizing your challenge coins to include powerful colors may be good for military organizations, while using soft colors may instill a more professional look to the coin. The right color depends a lot on the perception of who will receive your coins and how the design and colors interact with each other. Not sure on what colors to pick? Let our professionally trained team help you through this process and design you a powerful custom coin. Learn more about the color plating options that we offer.
Size of Custom Coins
When we are asked by our clients what we recommend for a custom coin size, we give them a few options based on how they are trying to represent themselves. If clients want to have a coin that’s heavy and is not as worried about cost, we will have the coin made using a more standardized size that is thinner our with a heavy based metal, such as copper. If clients are trying to reduce cost as much as possible we will make the coin a little larger and increase the thickness but use a metal like zinc which is more cost effective. Size is also important based on how the coin is given to another person. Will the person exchanging the coin be providing the coin in a traditional handshake? If so you don’t want to make the coin too big as to not be able to smoothly pass the coin on. Another is how will the coin be displayed? As you can see, size and thickness make up an important facet of the coin. We also pay attention to texture when designing the coin, as a coin that is smooth may give the appearance of being new or more expensive where as a gritted and textured coin may give the appearance of either being old or may represent experience. This will provide the receiver of the coin an intimate view into what the coin represents. Learn more about the challenge coin options that we offer.
Giving Back to Veterans
Though we focus a lot on our clients’ needs and desires when it comes to making their custom challenge coin, we also pay attention to the tradition of where the custom challenge coin came from. It represents the men and woman of the armed forces that spend every day defending the freedoms of our country. Those men and women, past and present, make it possible for us to keep the tradition going and allow us to tell their story in every coin we make. We give back to the community by supporting organizations that take pride in giving to the wounded men and women in the military, with the hopes of ultimately making a long lasting, positive impact in their lives. The story with our challenge coins doesn’t stop once our clients receive their coins. It continues through the lives of those who need support the most. Learn more about the organizations that we support.