Custom challenge coins are a great way to show how much oneness and solidarity is valued amongst the members of your group or organization. Most people will find it more fulfilling to receive a coin of impeccable construction in an elegant pouch or case than to be handed yet another certificate printed on fancy paper in recognition of membership, achievement or simple brotherhood or sisterhood. Fortunately, having such coins made is not difficult, and you will not even have to leave your home or office to place an order for the very best in small customized metalwork.
The Internet is for Minting Custom Challenge Coins
Most minting companies make ordering challenge coins so easy that the only time you will have to leave your chair is when you get up to receive the delivery of the finished product! This is because all aspects of the transaction can be done over the internet. In fact, some companies go out of their way to make things even easier for potential customers by setting up chat lines and forms, so you do not even have to leave their website if you want to talk to them. You can use these avenues to ask any questions you have about the work that they do.
What may not be so easy is choosing which of the friendly and welcoming companies you’ll trust with your coins. To make a thoroughly informed decision, you’ll have to look beyond the company’s website to find what real people have to say about their work. Look for forums and blogs that are dedicated to challenge coins. Preferably, these will be run by individuals with no vested interests in the company, so that you can find out what their products and services are like from actual customers.
The Designs and Patterns on a Challenge Coin
It is no exaggeration to say that you can have anything you like to be placed on the challenge coins that you plan to make. The coins can handle a lot of detail, but since the design is stamped into them, you have to be sure that the details aren’t so fine that they meld into each other or are swallowed up by the enamel that is used to color the pattern. You will also have to leave a sizeable border just to be sure that your coins will not be irretrievably damaged if the pattern goes a little off center.
To make designing custom challenge coins a little easier, it is common practice for minting companies to have templates around which you can build the design for either side of your coins. You don’t necessarily have to stick to these, however. Just be sure that the resolution of any design you send for minting is at least 300 dpi so that no errors will be made for want of clarity.
The Practical Aspects of Minting Challenge Coins
The price of your custom challenge coins can vary quite a bit. The exact amount you’ll have to pay will depend on the size and quality of the raw materials for the coins, the intricacy and detail in the design, the extent of color usage and the number of coins you’ll ask for in one run. The minimum order requirement is usually in the hundreds, with 100 being the lowest number of coins you can order at a time, but some companies will do special runs at a slightly higher price.
The fee of coin minting includes the cost of the unique die they’ll need to make to stamp the coins, so expect smaller orders to cost more per coin than orders that number in the thousands: depending on the size of the batch, a single coin can cost anywhere from $2 to almost $5. If you need your coins in a hurry, you might need to pay a little extra so that they get to you in just 7 to 10 days.