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The Method of Producing Challenge Coins

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Challenge Coin

Over the last few years, challenge coins have grown in popularity. Many organizations use them as event giveaways and mementos, among other things.


Create a custom design for a challenge coin, then transfer that design to a metal die to cast the coin. The design is then stamped on the metal die, resulting in a raised image and text. The coins are then plated, colored (if necessary), and polished.


Challenge coins are an excellent way to commemorate an event or to celebrate a victory. They also make excellent souvenirs and will stand the test of time. We know these make an excellent addition to any collection as a company that specializes in creating memorable coins and pins. Continue reading to learn more about the unique process of making challenge coins, as well as tips for designing the perfect challenge coin project.


What are Challenge Coins and Why Do They Exist?

Challenge coins are small metal tokens that are commonly used to commemorate an event or to represent membership in a specific group or organization. The practice of carrying them dates back to World War I. To prove their membership in the unit, American soldiers would carry challenge coins.


According to one legend, a wealthy American officer commissioned medallions for his unit and presented them to his soldiers as a symbol of brotherhood. One soldier was captured and taken prisoner, but escaped and returned to American lines, according to the story.


A guard, however, questioned him because he did not believe he was a member of the American military. When the soldier pulled out his medallion, the guard recognized the unit logo and let him pass.


Members of military units, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations now frequently carry challenge coins to prove their affiliation with the organization. They have grown in popularity as collectibles and as commemorative items for special events and milestones.


Is it Possible for Anyone to Create a Challenge Coin?

Custom coins for individuals, organizations, and businesses are our specialty. All you need is a design concept and the willingness to invest in the manufacturing process. Then, with our assistance, you can design a one-of-a-kind, custom challenge coin that you will be proud to award to someone or keep for yourself.


How Long Does a Challenge Coin Take to Make?

Typically, challenge coins are shipped in 15 days or less. Of course, if we are unable to deliver them to you within this timeframe, we will work with you to ensure the coins arrive in time for when you require them.


However, for the best experience, plan and submit your order as soon as possible!


Is it necessary to order hundreds of Challenge Coins to place an order?

No, we typically produce batches of 50 coins, but we are happy to work with you regardless of the number of custom challenge coins you require. Of course, the more coins you require, the less each coin costs to produce. These savings are transferred to you.


For example, if you require 100 size two coins, we charge a base price of $5.17. However, if you order 1000 of the same coin, the price will be $3.76.


No problem if you're still deciding what you need or how many to order. Our team is here to assist you and will provide you with a free quote.


What are the majority of challenge coins made of?

Brass, pewter, zinc, and iron are the most commonly used metals in challenge coin production. Depending on the requirements, an alloy of these metals may be used. Most modern coins are plated with precious metals rather than made of them.


Gold, antique gold, silver, antique silver, black nickel, bronze, antique bronze, copper, and antique copper plating are all available.


How Do Challenge Coins Get Made?

Making challenge coins, like other coins, necessitates a significant amount of heat and metal. The difficult coin minting process begins with the design and ends with a beautiful coin that you will be proud to own and display.


Custom Challenge Coin Design

The first step, perhaps the most important, is the design. The design of the challenge coin should reflect the coin's meaning while remaining simple to understand. Here are some pointers for creating the ideal challenge coin:


1. Keep the design simple: Because challenge coins are small, the design should be simple and easy to read. Stick to key elements like a logo, emblem, or text, and avoid cluttering the design.

2. Consider the size: Challenge coins typically range in diameter from 1.25 to 3 inches, so make sure the design elements are proportionate and easy to see. When drawing the design, draw it to scale to avoid any sizing issues.

3. Use meaningful symbols: When creating a challenge coin for a specific organization, think about using meaningful symbols for the group. This could be an emblem, flag, crest, or other piece of personalized artwork.

4. Use contrasting colors: Using contrasting colors can help your custom coin's design elements stand out and be easily readable.

5. Sketch out multiple designs: Don't be upset if you have to make changes to the design you choose until you've confirmed it will fit and look good on the challenge coin. For example, a design may look great on paper or a screen but not be suitable for stamping on a coin.

6. Make it one-of-a-kind: Your challenge coin should be one-of-a-kind to your organization, so choose a design that reflects your organization's mission, values, or history.‍

7. Consult a professional: If you require assistance, consider a free consultation with one of our designers. We can assist you in developing a design that meets your requirements, and we have years of experience designing the ideal challenge coin for our customers.


Creating the Mold


After the design of the challenge coin has been finalized, the mold or die is created using CAD or Computer-Aided Design software.


The image is then loaded into CAD software, which creates a blueprint that the CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machine can read.


This machine reads the blueprint and uses it to create an inverse image of the coin's design in a steel die. This is carried out on both sides of the coin.


When the die is finished, it is tested to ensure that the images transfer properly to the blank. The die is then tempered to ensure that it is strong enough to withstand the stamping process.


Striking Die

It's time to use the dies to stamp the image onto the blank coin. This process not only imprints an image onto the coin but also adds raised design elements to it. This adds depth and dimension to the blank, allowing it to be transformed into a beautiful challenge coin.


The blank is properly positioned and pressed with tremendous force between the two dies, ensuring that the image transfers evenly and deeply enough.


The striking is done several times to ensure that the design looks correct and that the image has the proper depth.


Options for Edging

A cool feature of challenge coins is the custom coin edge, which can be added for extra uniqueness. Depending on the complexity of the design, the edge is either part of the die or added after.


Oblique Lines, Bevel Cuts, Diamond Cross Cut, and Spur Cut are some popular edges. Each has a distinct look and feel that complements the design beautifully.


Coin Polishing and Deburring

After all of the cutting and stamping is finished, the coin is polished and deburred. To begin, the coin's edges are deburred to remove any sharp edges created during the die-striking process.


Deburring ensures that the coin's edges are smooth and safe to handle, which is important because these edges can be extremely sharp and dangerous.


The following step is polishing. To remove surface imperfections and give the coin a shiny finish, polish it with buffing wheels and compounds. The type of polishing compound used will be determined by the metal used for the coin and the desired finish.


A rouge polishing compound, for example, is commonly used to polish brass and other yellow metals, whereas a white diamond polishing compound is used to polish stainless steel and other white metals.


Tumbling the coins in a barrel with abrasive media can also be used to polish them. This method is more efficient for polishing large quantities of coins and can be used for bulk orders.


Polishing, regardless of method, helps protect the coin from tarnishing and other forms of corrosion, which can damage the surface over time.


Plating with a Different Metal

Custom challenge coin plating is an important part of the coin design process. Due to the high cost of precious metals such as gold, the coin cannot be made entirely of the metal.


Instead, the coin is made of more common metals such as zinc and iron, with a tin layer of silver, gold, nickel, bronze, or copper added later.


These coin plating options provide a distinct look and feel; the type of metal used will be determined by the coin's desired appearance and budget.


Electroplating is commonly used in this process. The coin is first immersed in a solution containing metal ions that will be used for plating. A coin serves as the cathode, and a piece of metal serves as the anode, both of which are immersed in the solution.


An electrical current is then applied, which attracts the metal ions in the solution to the coin's surface. Metal ions bond to the surface of the coin, forming a thin layer of metal that covers the entire coin.

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