Challenge coins are beautiful coins or medallions that have been used in the military for a long time. Its use can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire when legionnaires were given these for their loyal service along with their regular pay. The coins were said to be so ornamental that they were kept as mementos rather than spent.
Military officers have used these coins to create camaraderie between enlisted servicemen. There are quite a few stories where challenge coins saved lives by proving a soldier’s allegiance. The brotherhood these coins promoted extended even until after their tours of duty. When veterans meet each other and talk about which company or squadron they served in, presenting these was needed as proof.
With such positive benefits, it is no surprise that challenge coins have found their way to civilian use. Nowadays, customized coins can be ordered at affordable prices.
Companies and organizations can use these for a variety of reasons such as for recognition awards and as membership tokens. There are various options available when creating your customized challenge coins.
Creating your coin will of course begin with the design you need. You can choose whether you want a logo or text or both on the coin’s façade. Simply send the design to the manufacturer you choose. The formats below are some examples of files that are accepted.
You can send both or either a sketch and description of how you want the end product to look like.
Although it’s referred to as a coin, it’s not necessary for it to be circular. You can choose shapes that would work best with the design you want. From octagons to clover leaf figures, you have absolute control of this customization process.
The shape you decide on will still measure 2 inches in diameter. You can discuss more details about this section with the manufacturer you choose. Websites often have a guide to help you visualize what will be produced.
Metal /Base Material
There are different metals available to create the unique look of your coin. You can choose from gold, silver, brass, nickel and bronze base metals in either antique or polished finish. It is also possible to combine two different metal types to get a duo tone effect.
An antique finish will give your coin a formal and aged look while a polished one will have a more contemporary effect. It would be best to pick a finish that will enhance your design. Feel free to discuss your options with a customer service associate if you have any questions so you can create the perfect coin for your organization.
For a minimal fee, a customized edge can be added to your customized coin. Your options include cross and rope diamond cut edges to give your design an elegant look.
Check how these premium edges can enhance your design by viewing the sample pictures on the website.
There are other options available to make your coin even more unique and eye catching. 3D designs and offset printing are available to highlight the emblem or text by adding more depth and texture.
You can also choose to add sequential numbering on the façade. This added-on feature will help your organization track which members have which coins.
To create a more official and sophisticated design, you may want to engraved texts on the coin. This can be used to add the company mission statement to reinforce the insignia used.
For more informal projects, coins can be customized as functional items as well. You can create key chains and bottle openers so that your employees or members can use as well as brag about their challenge coins.
Whether coins are awarded or purchased, your recipients will definitely want to display them or keep them secure. There are packaging options available that you can choose from.
You can select standard packaging options such as traditional velvet or pace pouches. This will help preserve the coins and protect them from getting scratched. Capsules and pace inserts are also available so the coins can be shown off without the need to take it out.
Premium options are also available. Your coins can come in elegant velvet cases or coin stands that are perfect for awarding and display.
Your orders are automatically shipped in individual packaging. If you do not specify your preference though, the coins will be shipped in standard pace pouches.
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