Types of Custom Challenge Coins

We have made all types of coins for our customers and we can help you with your coin idea too. If you have an idea for a custom coin, we can help you create it! Do you need coins for your military unit? Our military coins are some of the best. Do you have special occasion you want to honor? Whatever the reason for your coin project we can help. We aim to please and our customer reviews prove it. We would be honored to help you create a coin that is uniquely you.

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Military Challenge Coins

Military Challenge Coins

Perfect for honoring the bravery of veterans as well as the dedication and achievements of current serving military personnel. Salute them in style, with our military challenge coins, created to the highest standards with customs designs and options as unique as your unit.

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Police Coins

Police Coins

Ideal to recognize and honor the vital role that law enforcement officers play in the community. Often working in conditions of extreme danger, the awarding of coins and medals is formal recognition of commitment and dedication beyond the call of duty.

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Firefighter Challenge Coin

Firefighter Challenge Coins

A fitting way to recognize the exceptional bravery of our firefighters who carry out difficult and dangerous work every day to keep us safe. Our fire department challenge coins are outstanding quality and come in a wide range of options to be unique to fit the occasion.

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Government Challenge Coins

Government Challenge Coins

Honor your Government Department with government challenge coins We have helped many departments craft their own custom government coin.

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Commemorative Coins

Commemorative Coins

Commemorate anniversaries of service, dates, and events with a high quality custom commemorative coin.

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University Coins

University Coins

Recognize students, faculty, alumni, or donors to your University with a one of a kind custom university coin.

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Club Coins

Club Coins

We have made club coins for all types of associations. Our custom club coins make for great gifts, awards, recognition pieces, or keepsakes for your assciation.

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Corporate Challenge Coins

A popular way to reinforce a corporate identity, commemorate company milestones and reward exceptional staff or loyal customers. Our top quality coins and medals are crafted to the highest standards to ensure the optimum representation of your brand image.

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Sports Coins

Sports Coins

Whether official merchandise or collectibles we manufacture sports coins to the highest quality standards.

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Event Coins

Event Coins

When planning your event know that custom event coins are often used from invitations to awards to favors.

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Types of Coins

Challenge coins have a long and distinguished history that dates back to the Roman Empire and have since evolved into meaningful tokens of appreciation, camaraderie, and recognition within various organizations and groups. These unique coins come in an abundance of designs, sizes, and materials, each serving distinct purposes and carrying special significance. Military units were the first to adopt the use of challenge coins to reward achievement and dedication in all branches of the military. Challenge coins have since expanded into various industries, organizations, and events, each adopting their unique characteristics and symbolism. Police and fire departments have begun using challenge coins to acknowledge their branches and departments. Businesses and institutions have created their corporate challenge coins and medals to thank customers and reward valued employees. There are many types of challenge coins that are made today to celebrate achievements for various types of events and recognitions. The possibilities are endless on the type of custom coins you can create for your memorable moment. Today, the realm of custom challenge coins is as diverse as the people and groups they represent.

Below we will explore some of the different types of challenge coins, their meanings, and the significance they hold for each type of coin. Coins range from from traditional military coins to innovative and artistic coins, each with their unique purpose and design.

1. Military Challenge Coins

The traditional military challenge coin is where it all began. These coins are typically round and feature the insignia or emblem of a military unit, branch, or special forces team. The designs often include patriotic elements, such as the American flag, and may incorporate rank, dates of service, or personal details. Military challenge coins are used to recognize and honor service members' dedication, camaraderie, and accomplishments.

2. Law Enforcement Challenge Coins

Similar to military coins, law enforcement challenge coins are used to acknowledge the bravery, service, and achievements of police officers, detectives, and other members of law enforcement agencies. These coins often display the department's emblem, a badge number, or a special unit insignia.

3. Firefighter Challenge Coins

Firefighter challenge coins pay tribute to the courageous men and women who risk their lives to protect others from fire and emergencies. These coins often feature firefighting equipment, symbols of strength, and the firefighter's name or rank.

4. Corporate Challenge Coins

In the corporate world, custom challenge coins are used for employee recognition, team building, and commemorating special events or milestones within a company. These coins may bear the company logo, a motivational message, or an employee's name.

5. Government Challenge Coins

Government challenge coins serve various purposes, including commemorating official visits, events, or government initiatives. They may represent different departments or government agencies and are exchanged as symbols of cooperation and goodwill.

6. Academic Challenge Coins

Academic challenge coins are awarded to students, faculty, or alumni to celebrate academic achievements, participation in clubs or organizations, and academic excellence. University emblems, mascots, or school mottos are commonly featured in their designs.

7. Sports Challenge Coins

Sports challenge coins celebrate athletic accomplishments, team spirit, and sportsmanship. Whether it's for a championship win or an individual achievement, these coins often feature team logos, sport-specific elements, and player names.

8. Commemorative Challenge Coins

Commemorative challenge coins mark significant events, anniversaries, or historical occasions. These coins become valuable keepsakes and are often used as collectibles to preserve the memory of a particular moment in time.

9. Non-Profit Challenge Coins

Non-profit organizations use custom challenge coins as tokens of appreciation for donors, volunteers, and supporters. These coins help foster a sense of community and gratitude within the organization.

10. Personalized Challenge Coins

Personalized challenge coins are customized for individuals to express their personal identity, beliefs, or hobbies. Whether as a gift or for personal pride, these coins reflect the unique interests and passions of the individual.

11. Award Challenge Coins

Award challenge coins recognize exceptional achievements and contributions in various fields, such as the military, public service, or sports. These coins symbolize honor and excellence.

12. Memorial Challenge Coins

Memorial challenge coins pay tribute to fallen heroes, loved ones, or cherished memories. They serve as enduring memorials and reminders of those who have passed away.

Challenge coins hold significant value and play diverse roles in various contexts. Whether they are used to honor military service, recognize outstanding employees, commemorate special events, or celebrate personal achievements, these coins symbolize unity, appreciation, and the shared bonds that connect individuals and organizations together. Their unique designs and materials make them not only meaningful tokens but also cherished collectibles that stand the test of time.

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Shipping + Returns

How Long Does it Take to Receive My Coins?

Once an order is sent to production the standard production and delivery turnaround time is 3 – 3.5 weeks. Our customer care team will advise you of specific timelines based on your custom order prior to order completion.

Do You Ship to APO/FPO Addresses?

Yes! We do offer shipping to APO / FPO addresses at no extra charge to our service men and women for the 1st 100 of any product. After the first 100 product items we charge $0.24 per coin after that. Please keep in mind that shipping to an APO / FPO address will add 1-3 weeks to the order production and shipping timelines.

Refund Policy

All sales on custom products are final. We do not have to provide a refund if you have changed your mind about a particular purchase, so please choose carefully. Many of our custom products are hand-made or involve hand processing and as a result will differ slightly from piece to piece and are not capable of matching the print 100%. Slight variations, as defined as aesthetic differences on 5% or less of any product are considered normal and therefore acceptable If the goods are faulty, please let us know within 7 days of receipt and we will meet our obligations under the applicable laws to rectify the situation.

Coin FAQs

General Coin Questions

Q. What is the Process from Submission to Receiving?

We have worked with thousands of clients and make the process EASY from start to finish, fast, and pain free.

+ The 1st step is to submit your coin design ideas and details through our website here or by contacting our customer care team.
+ We’ll provide you an initial estimate and coin design proof within 24 hours of your submission.
+ If needed, we offer free revisions until we get the design exactly how you envisioned it.
+ Lastly, once you approve your final proof and complete the final invoice payment we will send your project to production.

Q. Refund Policy

Please note that all purchases of custom products are considered final. As custom orders are specifically tailored, we cannot offer refunds for changes of mind, so we encourage you to make your selections carefully. Given the hand-made nature or hand-processed elements of many of our custom products, slight variations between items are to be expected. Slight variations, as defined as aesthetic differences on 5% or less of the product are deemed normal and are not typically grounds for a refund.

However, if your items are defective or do not meet a reasonable level of quality, please inform us within 7 days of receiving your order. We are committed to upholding our responsibilities under the relevant consumer laws to address and resolve any issues with faulty goods.

Q. Our Guarantee

Your complete satisfaction with your coins is our top priority. While it's uncommon, if you encounter any issues with craftsmanship, quality, or your delivery, please contact us within 7 days. We are committed to going above and beyond to resolve any concerns swiftly and to your total satisfaction.

Design Coin Questions

Q. What's the Difference Between Soft Enamel and Hard Enamel Challenge Coins?

Challenge coins have various processes and types of coins to achieve different design stylings. Simply put, Soft Enamel are textured, with the enamel filled below the metal ridges, while Hard Enamel are smooth, the overfilled enamel polished smooth against the metal. You can have one side of your coin be soft enamel and the other side be hard enamel.

Q. What is the Typical Size of a Challenge Coin?

Challenge coins can come in a variety of sizes and shapes but the most common coin size is 2.0”, followed by 1.75” and then 1.5”. If we have concerns about your selection our team will let you know the optimal size of your coin based on your design.

Q. What Are My Challenge Coins Made From?

The majority of our coins are die struck into brass. Large, custom shaped, or designs with large cutout areas will be cast from a zinc alloy. We made a video that goes into further details here.

Q. Difference Between Die Struck and Die Cast Challenge Coin?

Die struck coins have the designs transferred to a front & back mold, the raw brass being struck by each mold with enough force to transfer both the raised & recessed areas of the design into the brass. Die Cast molds are fit together and molten zinc metal is injected into the die to create the coin blank. You can also read our article in our resources section here!

Shipping Coin Questions

Q. How Long Does it Take to Receive My Coins?

After your order proceeds to production, the typical timeframe for production and delivery is between 3 to 3.5 weeks. Our customer care team will provide you with detailed timelines tailored to your custom order before finalizing your purchase.

Q. Do You Offer Any Rush Options?

Yes! Expedited service is available for an extra charge. For inquiries about rush option availability and details, please connect with our customer support team. Please note that rush delivery cannot be extended to APO/FPO or international addresses.

Product Type Coin Questions

Production Coin Questions

Q. Challenge Coin Options

There are a variety of options you can choose when deciding to make your own custom challenge coin. Options can vary depending on your coin design and can be as simple or as complex as your desire. Between coins sizes, plating type, and additional add-on options, the options are plentiful. To learn more about the options available please watch our video here.

Q. What is Your Minimum Order Quantity?

The minimum coin order quantity is 25. You can order any quantity as long as it meets our minimum. There are various price point breaks based on quantity that provide some great savings.

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What is a CIA Challenge? 

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