Learn About Challenge Coins…
In this section of our website we will explain to you the different options and features you may incorporate into your new custom minted challenge coins. We highly recommend you watch our less than 6 minute video that will explain all of these features and the effects they can have on the cost and aesthetics of your challenge coin.
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3-D Challenge Coins
3-dimensional means “relief”. Standard challenge coins are made using 2-D metal lines which are raised at a 90 degree angle from the coin. These lines then serve as “dams” in which to pour and separate the paint colors. For 3-D coins, a hand-carved or computer-generated 3-dimensional mold is made. These coins resemble sculptures. When a true-to-life replica is needed – we recommend making a 3-D coin.
Die Cut Challenge Coins
Any coin that is not circular is considered die cut. These shapes can be dog tags, ovals, shield-shaped, etc. Coins shaped like states are good examples of die cut coins. Any spinner coins are also die cut. If an opening is cut through the coin, it is considered a special die cut. Each hole in the coin will be finished having the edging hand-polished.
Special Paints and Textures
We use soft enamel color-fill paint as a standard on our coins. The colors are hand-painted and baked to a shiny, long-lasting finish. Up to 4 colors on the front and back are included in the pricing. Additional colors can be added. These coins have brilliant color and fine, raised metal detailing. The recessed areas of your coins are hand-enameled and then kiln-fired at 450 degrees. Each coin is hand-polished and then plated. The end result is a truly outstanding product at a very affordable price. Soft enamel coins can also be coated with a protective layer of epoxy for an even more durable finish. Translucent paints and matte colors are available at no extra charge.
For an additional charge, we can paint your coins using hard enamel paint (EPOLA) – which rises to the level of the metal lines – thus creating a very smooth and polished coin finish. EPOLA is the highest quality coin available, and can be characterized by the fact that there are thin metal lines separating each color of your coin. Epola is a resin-based color powder that is heated to 900 degrees to create a bright, smooth, hard enamel finish.
Cloisonné style coins can be characterized as having a glass-like quality to it. The high luster and durability of Cloisonné is an ancient art that requires meticulous hand-crafted detailing. Your custom designed coin is hand-filled with colored cloisonné paints, which have ultra-fine colored glass granule, and then kiln-fired at very high temperatures. After firing, each pin is hand-polished and plated resulting in vivid colors, sparkling and glass-like in quality.
We offer 12 standard textures which can be used on any area of your coins. For an additional charge we can sandblast any area of the coin. Sandblasting gives an ultra-fine “pebbling” effect to the coin and is very effective in accenting raised emblems when shiny gold or silver electroplating is used.
We can also pour an epoxy dome on both front and back of your coins.
Challenge Coin Finishes
Once die struck, challenge coins are then electroplated with a permanent finish. Nickel plating, shiny silver and gold are free options. For an additional charge, we can plate your coins in antique brass, silver or copper; or black nickel or black dye. When you want one area or areas to really stand out, we offer dual plating. For an additional charge, these areas will be electroplated in a contrasting color.
Challenge Coin Edging
A flat edging with a polished flank is standard on all our challenge coins. For an additional fee, we can upgrade your coin to any one of a number of beautiful edgings. Common edgings are swirl cut, diamond cut, double diamond, wave cut and pedal wedge edging. The edging can be finished in the same electroplating as the coin or can be shiny gold.
The Challenge Coin Design Process
- Step 1: You Present Us With Your Idea For Your Challenge Coin
- Step 2: We convert your idea into vector artwork
- Step 3: After some fine tuning, your Challenge Coin is sent to the factory and produced.