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WONDERING HOW TO GET STARTED?

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on designing your own custom challenge coin! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of designing a custom challenge coin that truly captures the essence of your vision. We cover the challenge coin design process, and many of the different options that are important to the design such as size, plating, color, and more. Let’s dive in and turn your ideas into a tangible and cherished symbol of pride and camaraderie!
How to Design a Challenge Coin

CREATING YOUR COINS IS EASY AS 1-2-3

Follow our three-step process or visit our dedicated customization page for more information on the options available to bring your designs to life.

1. Send Us Your Ideas

All great designs begin with an idea. Due to the customized nature of our products, we can only give you an accurate quote after creating a proof. Send us your design vision, which can be nothing more than a concept, and we’ll develop it for you.

We offer free, high-quality artwork to every customer, and our team works until you’re 100% satisfied. Take advantage of our unlimited revisions guarantee.

2. GET A PROOF & QUOTE

Once our design team has completed your design, we’ll send a proof with the challenge coin cost. Our challenge coin prices are tailored to the job, varying based on intricacy, metal, finish, and any other special additions you want to include.

If you’re unsatisfied with the proof, get back to us, and we’ll revise your design until you get the coin you want.

3. APPROVE & PURCHASE

Are you satisfied with the design in front of you? Give us the green light, and we’ll get to work producing your coins. We offer various payment methods to suit your needs, including taking payments over the phone.

From the moment we receive your payment, manufacturing your coins can take up to 14 business days, depending on the number ordered and how many other orders we’re completing. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days.

DOWNLOAD OUR CHALLENGE
COIN DESIGN TEMPLATE

We understand that creating the perfect challenge coin to represent your organization, commemorate an event, or honor individuals is an important endeavor. To assist you in this process, we provide our customers with a downloadable design template. The design template will help you better communicate your design and help streamline the entire design process.
Challenge Coin Design Template
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HOW TO USE THE DESIGN TEMPLATE

  1. Download: Simply enter your information to download the pdf.

  2. Print: To ensure the dimensions are accurate, print at 100% full page.

  3. Design: Select the options you want by checking the corresponding boxes and use a pen or pencil to sketch out your design. Make sure to include any verbiage you’d like to see on your custom challenge coin. Not Picasso? No need to stress, a hand sketch is all we need to get started. Our team of professional designers will help bring your design to life!

  4. Send: You can take a picture or scan the completed template, and send it in by attaching the image to either our free quote form or an email.

NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you have any questions or require assistance with your design, our dedicated team is here to help. Feel free to reach out to us via email or phone, and we’ll be happy to provide guidance and support every step of the way. Start creating your custom challenge coin today with our easy-to-use template and bring your vision to life!

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SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

Here at Challenge Coin Country, it is our passion to serve. That is why we do everything to ensure the best experience from start to finish. Our expert team of experienced sales reps and designers will help you design your challenge coin, revising it for free until it’s just right!

If you have any questions, or need assistance with anything we will be there to assist you.

Joeylynn Mesaros
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I am blown away by the excellent product and customer service I received!! The team bent over backwards to make our custom hat pins absolutely perfect, and when we received the final product we were amazed! The design team brought our design to life (and people are going crazy for our pins). Thank you for a brilliant job well done!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Rich M
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Great customer service. Very happy with my custom coins.
Jon Davidson
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They produced a beautiful end result which exceeded my expectations. They were easy to work with and had excellent communications. They listened to my needs and incorporated my changes exactly as I had requested. They also had a very quick turn around time for delivery.
David McAllister
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Excellent quality, great customer service and timely traceable shipping. Highly recommended.
Rex Hatch
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Extremely easy process. Design team was quick to return proofs and enthusiastic to change proofs when requested. Final product was awesome and really stands out.
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CHALLENGE COIN DESIGN OPTIONS

Welcome to our exploration of challenge coin design options, where creativity knows no bounds! Designing a challenge coin offers a canvas for endless possibilities, allowing you to encapsulate your organization’s ethos, commemorate a significant event, or celebrate the achievements of individuals in a unique and tangible way. In this section, we delve into the diverse array of design options available, from traditional emblematic designs to modern and innovative approaches. Whether you’re drawn to classic symbolism or eager to push the boundaries of creativity, join us as we uncover the myriad ways to bring your vision to life through captivating challenge coin design.
Challenge Coin Sizes

CHALLENGE COIN SIZES

The size of a custom challenge coin holds significant importance as it directly influences the coin’s visual impact, portability, and perceived value. The size should strike a balance between being substantial enough to showcase intricate details and being practical for carrying or displaying. Larger coins often exude a sense of prestige and prominence, making them ideal for ceremonial purposes or display in cases. Conversely, smaller coins offer greater convenience for everyday carry and distribution while still retaining their symbolic significance. Ultimately, choosing the right size for your custom challenge coin ensures that it effectively conveys your message and fits seamlessly into its intended context, whether it be a military tradition, corporate recognition, or personal memento.

CHOOSING A SHAPE FOR YOUR CHALLENGE COIN

Custom Shape Challenge Coins
The size of a custom challenge coin holds significant importance as it directly influences the coin’s visual impact, portability, and perceived value. The size should strike a balance between being substantial enough to showcase intricate details and being practical for carrying or displaying. Larger coins often exude a sense of prestige and prominence, making them ideal for ceremonial purposes or display in cases. Conversely, smaller coins offer greater convenience for everyday carry and distribution while still retaining their symbolic significance. Ultimately, choosing the right size for your custom challenge coin ensures that it effectively conveys your message and fits seamlessly into its intended context, whether it be a military tradition, corporate recognition, or personal memento.

CHALLENGE COIN THICKNESS

The thickness of a challenge coin plays a vital role in its design, affecting both its appearance and tactile feel. A thicker coin allows for deeper engraving and more intricate details, enhancing the coin’s overall visual impact and texture. It also provides a sense of weight and durability, making the coin feel substantial and valuable in the hands of its recipients. Conversely, a thinner coin may be more lightweight and easier to carry, but it may limit the depth of the design and the ability to incorporate intricate elements. Choosing the right thickness for your challenge coin is crucial to ensuring that it effectively communicates your message and stands out as a cherished symbol of recognition and pride.
Challenge Coin Thickness

ENAMEL COLORING FOR CHALLENGE COINS

Adding 3D relief to a challenge coin greatly enhances its visual appeal by creating depth and dimensionality to the design. The raised elements stand out prominently, transforming a flat design into a captivating work of art. This added depth not only makes the coin more visually appealing, but also adds a sense of craftsmanship and quality that elevates its perceived value.
Challenge Coin Color Guide

Things to Consider Regarding Enamel Coloring

  1.  Cost: When deciding whether to add color or not, the first thing you want to consider is what best fits your budget. Die-Struck coins are bare metal, and are the cheapest options as there is no enamel coloring added. If you decide that adding color is a must, color on one side is cheaper than color on both sides, and there we include five colors for each side. Any additional colors added will cost an additional five cents per coin.

  2. Production Time: Another important thing to consider when deciding on whether to add color to your challenge coin is turnaround time. Adding color will increase the production time because each color must be cured after being applied. If you need your coins ASAP, consider going with a colorless, die-struck coin. We always recommend adding an antique finish to coins without color because it significantly increases legibility of text and the visibility of finer details.

  3. Limitations: One major drawback of enamel coloring is the inability to create gradients. Each color is separated by raised metal which creates color channels. Another minor downside is the limited color palette. Though we’re limited to the colors available in Pantone’s Solid Coated Library, there are still over 1,000 colors to choose from. If a color you are needing isn’t available, one of our profession design experts will match it as close as possible for you.

ADDING 3D RELIEF TO YOUR CHALLENGE COIN DESIGN

Adding 3D relief to a challenge coin greatly enhances its visual appeal by creating depth and dimensionality to the design. The raised elements stand out prominently, transforming a flat design into a captivating work of art. This added depth not only makes the coin more visually appealing, but also adds a sense of craftsmanship and quality that elevates its perceived value.
Adding 3D to Challenge Coin

CUSTOMIZE WITH PLATING OPTIONS

The choice of plating for a challenge coin significantly influences its visual presentation, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal. Gold plating often lends an air of prestige and tradition, making it suitable for commemorating significant accomplishments or events. Conversely, antique finishes evoke a sense of nostalgia and authenticity, adding depth and character to the coin’s design.
POLISHED GOLD
POLISHED SILVER
POLISHED COPPER
BLACK NICKEL
BLACK METAL
ANTIQUE GOLD
ANTIQUE SILVER
ANTIQUE COPPER
DUAL TONE
RAINBOW METAL
POLISHED GOLD
POLISHED SILVER
POLISHED COPPER
BLACK NICKEL
BLACK METAL
ANTIQUE GOLD
ANTIQUE SILVER
ANTIQUE COPPER
DUAL TONE
RAINBOW METAL

GIVE YOUR CUSTOM COIN AN EDGE!​

Selecting the appropriate edge for your challenge coins is crucial in shaping the perception of your brand or organization. Whether you prefer a standard or unique edge design, it should complement the overall aesthetics of your coins. We recognize that choosing the right edge can be overwhelming, which is why our company provides a variety of edge options. Our team of professionals will assist you in selecting the ideal edge for your challenge coins, ensuring that your brand or organization is represented in the most favorable light. Count on us to transform your vision into a standout challenge coin.
FLAT EDGE
INCLUDED
ROPE EDGE
INCLUDED
SPUR EDGE
INCLUDED
REEDED EDGE
+$0.35/COIN
OBLIQUE EDGE
+$0.35/COIN
SCALLOP EDGE
+$0.35/COIN
CROSSCUT EDGE
+$0.35/COIN
BEVEL EDGE
+$0.35/COIN

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