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 from 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 what the coins will look like once you receive them.
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 make memorable long term impact on others. Challenge coins are a great way of providing others with something that they will cherish for the long term. 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 continued.
Manufacturing Custom Coins
Creating custom coins from scratch can be a complicated task and overwhelming to many. Our professional team has created a system that lets customers design the coin they want, in a timely manner. We start with a basic design provided by our customers. This can be a sketch or some simple descriptions of what is needed. 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 coins and heavier coins are produced out of copper or precious medals. Coins made out of these other medals will cost more per coin but it is up to the customer whether they want to have a heavier more expensive coin. Though the quality of metal definitely makes an impact on the result of your coin, there are a number of different factors that goes into making a great coin.
Designing Custom Coins
Custom coins today are a lot like a business card. They have important information on them – they represent an organization or a person, and they tell the story of the person who designed it. Much like a business card, a quality challenge coin is also composed of quality craftsmanship and the design that goes into making them. When we start on a new project we ask our clients to provide us with some ideas of what they would like to have on their coin. A vision of what is needed for a coin can be challenging to provide due to the amount of information on each coin. To make it easier for our customers we have found that there are some basic configurations for each 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 convey a story that will represent the client
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 show the receiver of the coin a clear representation of your organization. A good place to start is to look at the images and logos of your company. Providing those images in your design will help us determine the look and feel of your coin. Additionally, by providing fine details about the edging of your coin or any specific small etching that you want on your custom challenge coin provides us with additional 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 don’t understand 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 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. Surprising to many people – colors have a whole psychology behind how they make us feel. This includes how they will 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. It depends a lot on perception of your customer and how the design and colors work together overall to make your final coin. Not sure on what colors to pick? Read up on some good information on how colors can affect your coin and choose our professionally trained team help you design your 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 would recommend for a custom coin size, we give them a few options based on how they are trying to represent themselves. If a client wants to give a coin that’s heavy and not too worried about cost, we will request to have the coin to be made a more standardized size and thinner with a heavy based metal such as copper which cost more. If they are trying to reduce the 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. How also 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 being old or display experience. This will provide the receiver of the coin an imitate 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 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.