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Learn About Our Challenge Coin Design Process
1. Designing Your Coins
We start with a basic sketch based on what you describe in your initial quote. If you send us additional pictures or sketches, we will use those to help build the foundation of the design of your challenge coin.
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 to be changed.
2. Approving Your Design
Once you receive the first draft of your art and are happy with the design, tell us what colors you want your challenge coins to have.
If you are happy with the colors that you selected for your products, we will start the final process of manufacturing your custom challenge coins. Be as critical as you want, as our goal is to make you great challenge coins!
3. Manufacturing Your challenge coins
Once you are happy with the final draft, we will manufacture your products. The process can take between 30-45 days. Once your challenge coin is ready to ship, we will send you a picture showing how the final product appears.
Shipping can take around 4-8 days, depending on your location.
Embleholics is Veteran owned and operated!
Extraordinary Challenge Coins
Stand out by using our professional team and create a memorable, long-term impact on others. Challenge coins are a great way of providing others with something they will cherish for their careers.
Great Challenge Coins
Embleholics custom coins are high quality, unique in their complexity, and designed to ensure that others who see your coin will ask where you got them made. We don’t make our customers cheap coins. We make them the best–guaranteed. When searching the internet, it is easy to see plenty of manufacturers to choose from.
Embleholics differs from our competitors in the story that each of our coins tells 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.
A Long Tradition
Challenge coins come with a long tradition and 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 custom challenge coin are preserved. Embleholics is ready to work with you!
Manufacturing Challenge Coins
Creating products from scratch can be a complicated and overwhelming task for many. Still, our professional team at Embleholics has created a system that lets customers design the coin they want on time. Embleholics team starts with a basic idea or description provided by their customers. This can be a sketch, images, or some simple descriptions of what is needed and the challenge coin’s objective. Embleholics then take that sketch or idea and turn it into several basic designs that can be selected from. When the customer is satisfied with the look, Embleholics, adds colors and texture to the coin. A good portion of the time designing the challenge coin is spent making sure it 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 from copper or precious metals. Challenge coins made out of these other metals will cost more per coin, and it is up to the customer whether they want a heavier, more expensive coin. Though the quality of metal makes an impact on the end feel and look of your coin, many different factors go into making a great coin.
Designing Challenge Coins
Challenge 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 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 some basic principles should be represented in any successful coin:
- The organization is 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.
Challenge Coins as Symbols
The best way to start to design the image of the challenge 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 Embleholics, and their team 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 challenge coin gives us valuable insights into how you want your final coin product to look. The detail put into the image of the challenge 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 each detail in that particular scheme. This can take a lot of time and require a steady hand. If you plan to use many 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 the image is clear in your final challenge 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 detail and design elements are emphasized. Our challenge 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 every coin we produce. Choosing the right designer or artist is undoubtedly the most important decision when making a high-quality challenge coin.
The Colors of Challenge Coins
Once your images are selected and you have a basic design, it’s time to add 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 challenge coin. Large companies spend thousands of dollars researching 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 in 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 what colors to pick? Let our professionally trained team help you through this process and design a powerful custom coin. Learn more about the color plating options that we offer.
Size of Challenge Coins
When we are asked by our clients what we recommend for a challenge coin size, we give them a few options based on how they are trying to represent themselves. If clients want to have a challenge coin that’s heavy and is not as worried about cost, we will have the coin made using a more standardized size thinner 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 so as not to be able to pass the coin on smoothly. Another is how the coin will 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 smooth coin may give the appearance of being new or more expensive.
In contrast, 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 with an intimate view of what the coin represents. Learn more about the challenge coin options that we offer.
Giving Back to Veterans
Though Embleholic’s team focuses a lot on our client’s needs and desires when making their products, Embleholics also pay attention to the tradition of where we came from. Embleholics represent the men and women 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 product we make. Embleholics gives 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. Learn more about the organizations that we support.