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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Challenge Coin Design 101

Special Features

3d Coin

3-D Challenge Coins

3-dimensional means “relief”. Standard challenge coins are made using 2-D metal lines. For 3-D coins, a hand-carved or computer-generated 3-dimensional mold is made. 

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Die Cut Challenge Coins

Any coin that is not circular is considered die cut. These shapes can be dog tags, ovals, shield-shaped, etc.

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Special Paints and Textures

We use soft enamel color-fill paint as a standard on our coins. Up to 4 colors on the front and back are included in the pricing. Additional colors can be added. 

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Challenge Coin Finishes

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.

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Challenge Coin Edging

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.

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The Challenge Coin Design Process

coin design

  • 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.

Look What’s Free!


All of the textures seen below can be implemented on any finish without any additional charge. Although it does not leave the same lasting impression that sandblasting your coin may, it does add a unique, cost efficient touch to your coin.