Custom challenge coin are considered to be prized possessions by its owners. Designed to be unique for each organization, every achievement, or occasion, they are without a doubt deserving of nothing short of perfection in its style, design, make, and material.
Today, there are a lot of companies who claim to make the very best challenge coins. However, only a few of these companies can deliver on what their customer wants. Designing for challenge coins needs highly skilled artists to conceptualize a design and minting it according to the client’s tastes. Being able to deliver on the customer’s demands is a very precise art.
The style that is imprinted on the challenge coinsis what gives it the“antique value” that makes it very valuable. It is the style and design of the coin the ultimately decides its very value. Theycan be made with brass for a durable and appealing finish. They can also be made with gold or enamel to make an elegant piece. But at the end of the day, it is up to the customer how they want their custom challenge coin to look like. With various design options at their disposal, the only thing that can limit them is their budget. Style and design potential is limitless, given the wild imagination of artists.
Customers can also tweak the coin’s edges and rims. There are two sides to a coin. The “heads” face or “obverse” and the “tails” face or “reverse”. The space between the two is called the “edge” and the elevated portion is called the “rim”. There can be a lot of work done to these parts that can only make your custom challenge coin even more unique.
If you want to make your own batch of custom challenge coin, here are some style and design notes that you may want to keep in mind:
This particular style of custom challenge coin look very appealing with its fine metallic sheen and bold look. Some material options for this style includes: polished brass, polished gold metal, polished silver, polished copper and black nickel. Sometimes a company would also offer more finishing options such as antique silver, copper, or gold.
• Diamond cut edges
The coin can be customized to havecross-cut, wave-cut, black nickel, and oblique-cut edges, beautifully styling yourcustom challenge coin.
• 3D design
This gives your custom challenge coin the depth for its design which makes it a very unique and memorable present or token to give to anyone.
• Numbered coins (sequential)
This is another interesting option in designing your custom challenge coin. With this design you can have serial numbers on your coin so that the owners of the coin fall under a number sequence for receiving it, makingit unique to the owner and allowing you to be able to identify which coin belongs to which owner.
• Engraved text
This is and will forever be a classic. Having text engraved on your challenge coinsleaves a majestic impression on the coin, along with the name of the organization or the recipient, or even a message engraved on the face of the challenge coin.
When designing the emblem that you want to engrave on your personalized challenge coins, here are some ideas that you may want to remember:
• Try drawing multiple designs on paper first before sending the finaldesign to the minting company
• Deciding on what metal/material you want to use for your challenge coins. See above.
• Conceptualize the artwork. How would it look like? What would be the theme? What colours are you going to have on your coins?
• Choose a proper and suitable edge for your design.
• Choosing what enamel finish would bring out the best in your coins.
• You can also draw up plans for a beautiful coin case or display as an additional option to make it more presentable.