Unlike in the old days, handing out of challenge coins is not limited anymore in the military. In fact, it is progressively gaining popularity in various companies and groups as a material reward, souvenir, memento, or prize.
What makes these coins significant as token of appreciation for exemplary people is that it can be customized to bear an organization’s emblem, motto, and other information about the company. Additionally, it can also be made to have the recipient’s name, personnel number, or batch number. This gives the token a deeper meaning and a more personalized touch.
In considering ordering of challenge coins it is important to know first the basic steps and choices to be able to create an elegant and memorable coin.
The best way to customize challenge coins is to design them personally. Ideas, images, or custom art can be sent to the manufacturer so they can give ideas and suggestions on how the design can be improved. They may also ask permission to edit the design if it is not suitable to be put in the coin. However if art is not one’s forte, it is advisable to hand out the designing task to the manufacturer itself. Many makers of these coins accept designing jobs. One can talk to them so ideas can be relayed, and images or logos can be seen by the designer. Of course, after the design is finished, the designer will show the product to the client so editing can be done if necessary.
Traditionally, coins are always made as circular in shape. But nowadays, coins can be made to be any shape one wants. Aside from circle, the most common shapes for these coins include square, dog tag, star, and triangle.
Coins Dimensions and Weight
Standard challenge coins measure 1.5 – 2 inches in diameter. But of course in customizing coins, this measurement can be altered. But before deviating from the standard size, one should remember that coins with a diameter of less than 1.5 inches can be lost easily. However, it is extremely easy to carry around or be put in a purse. On the other hand, coins that have a diameter of more than 2 inches are too large to carry around. On the upside, large coins make great car badges or show pieces.
As for the coin’s thickness, the standard would be 3 millimetres. Naturally, this can also be adjusted but any thicker than the standard thickness would mean heavier weight compared to the standard weight of 1.5 ounces.
Coin Material and Style
Depending on the taste of the client, challenge coins can be made with copper, brass, silver, gold, and other materials. Different materials give different aesthetic value and also possess different durability and quality.
To improve the coin, different metal styles are also available. Options include but are not limited to polished silver, black nickel, and polished gold metal.
Aside from the metal styles, additional finish options are also a great way to enhance a coin. Finish options include antique gold, antique brass, or a duo-tone effect.
To further improve the elegance of the coin, diamond cut edges can also be added. Rope cut, wave cut, cross cut, and oblique cut edges are a great edge design to match the logo engraved in the coin.
Additional Coin Options
Whatever style of custom coin one wants, there will always be additional features that can be added to the coin. Such include epoxy coating, 3D designs, text engraving, sequential numbering, or even keychain attachment.
And of course, the best way to hand out this kind of coin is to enclose it in an elegant packaging. That is why manufacturers also offer different packaging selections like PVC pouch, coin capsule, velvet presentation box, or custom pouch insert.