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Limit Special Challenge Coin Options For Fastest Delivery

We know what you are thinking…you found the perfect gift or recognition item – challenge coins – but need them delivered in record time. Below is some extremely helpful information to get your coins to you in the quickest way possible.

Limit The Number of Colors

A design that includes many colors all have to be filled by hand, in individual steps. The more colors you have, the longer the enameling process will take. If you choose to have coins with no color at all your order will deliver the quickest because after the metal plating process has finished, they are ready to ship.

Stay With Traditional 2D Designs

Most challenge coins are produced with simple 2D raised and recessed areas which make up your design. Sometimes, a customer will want a 3D image or element added to their project. The 3D process will take 2-5 days longer than a 2D coin.

Specialty Edging

Edges that are cut by a machine, such as Cross Cut and Beveled edges, take 2-3 days longer than a regular flat edge, or one that is built into the mold. An example of an edge that is built into the mold would be a Spur or Rope type. Machine cut edges will add 2-4 days to your scheduled ship date.

Numbering Can Cost You Time

As with edging, numbering or engraving your challenge coins must be done by machine, which will extend the completion date by 2-3 days.

Dual Plated Coins Need A Lot of Extra Production Time

The look of a dual plated coin (for example, gold and silver) is very pleasing. However, this process is the most delay-causing option for your custom coins. Often times, the dual plating has to be remade on up to 30% of your coins to pass quality control. This means a dual plated design may be ready to ship up to a week after a traditional single plated design.

Here are a few things that will not delay delivery of your order:

Packaging

Having your order placed in special option packaging such as Velvet cases or Coin Capsules does not add to delivery time.

Antiqued Finish

Giving your coins a weathered look of antiqued metal is a simple process that will not hinder a normal production schedule. Note, this does not include dual antiqued plating.

Glow In The Dark Enamel

We can add special enamel that glows in the dark with no delays.

Versatile and Popular Mementos Make Coins A Smart Choice

Coins have a staying power few other keepsakes can match. They’re the fascinating foreign stowaways lingering in unpacked luggage after a trip overseas. They’re the captivating little relics languishing in the dust in the back of an antique dresser drawer. They’re the intriguing finds nestled deep in the bottom of a vintage coat pocket. Each seems to beckon with a story to tell. Who carried it? What did it buy? How many hands has it touched? Unlike many other forgotten attic curios, coins have a tendency to stick around. They’re currency, so no one is ever eager to part with them.

Challenge coins create an even more lasting impression: They’re created specifically for making memories richer and recollections more permanent. Their origins are familiar, but they’ve since gained a contemporary versatility that has far outlived their earliest purpose. How are they used today? Count the change.

Military and Civic Honors

These medallions are still highly regarded by the military, and that enthusiasm has never dimmed. Their latest popularity lies with other areas of public service, where use of challenge coins is at an all-time high. They congratulate and inspire police agencies, special task forces and fire departments, and they’re particularly meaningful to units with shared experiences. Just as soldiers carry reminders of valor in battle, those who have served faithfully in the public sector appreciate symbols of bravery, selflessness and collaboration.

Private Companies

If anything is true of today’s currency exchange, it’s the fact that everyone’s counting pennies. Companies are constantly looking for affordable ways to reinvigorate morale, but many attempts at employee recognition leave recipients cold. Certificates and plaques can be predictable, and kitschy doodads emblazoned with the company logo end up forgotten in desk drawers. Challenge coins recognize impressive terms of service, reward loyalty, or celebrate exemplary performance. Beyond the obvious anniversaries, holiday parties or retirement gifts, they also instill a sense of accomplishment and solidarity within individual departments or working groups. If a team risks forgetting how difficult a sales goal was to reach, how trying the numbers were to crunch, how demanding a coveted client was to land, or how challenging a campaign was to launch, a coin will always be there as a reminder of hard work, persistence and achievement.

Schools

College fraternities and sororities are perpetually on the lookout for unique expressions of brotherhood or sisterhood, and coins offer something more lasting than handshakes, T-shirts or bumper stickers. Here, these mementos evoke their original function: tangible expressions of membership. Handed down from a legacy to a new recruit during an initiation ceremony, a coin will be revered as much as a fraternity or sorority pin or lavaliere will be.

A letterman’s jacket may someday fall out of vogue for school sports stars, but a smaller, more compact reminder of a winning season won’t. Coins are also minted for school clubs, bands and honor societies, from the Latin Club to the drum corps to the cast of a school play wrapping its final performance.

Collectors

Collectors aren’t just on the hunt for the antique, the elusive or the extinct; sometimes the novel is just as fun a find. Collecting challenge coins is a growing trend; one famous collection even resided in the White House under President Bill Clinton.

Families

Personalized coins are standard bearers for an earlier time, and these are treated as heirlooms. Whether it’s an original medallion for belonging to a battle division, a permanent reminder of membership in a beloved organization or a nod to first place in a spelling bee, a challenge coin is an expression of personal identity that can remain in a family for generations.

Gifts

Because they’re less pricey to produce than many other recognition gifts are, these make popular gifts that pack a far more touching punch than most people would expect. Using only a high-resolution image, they can be customized down to the slightest detail, so there’s no organization too small, no membership too unorthodox and no occasion too random for production of a one-of-a-kind collector’s item. Challenge coins mark milestone birthdays, births, adoptions and graduations, but they also commit life’s littlest moments to memory. Whether they’re made for a society 100 members strong or for five best friends sharing an inside joke, there’s no doubt that this is one form of currency that’s as rewarding to give away as it is to earn.

Helpful Hints In Coin Ordering

We want to make sure that when you receive your coins, you are 100% satisfied with the end product. We have come up with a few tips you can use to make sure that happens.

Many challenge coins are crafted using 3D images. This feature adds detail and a sense of personalization that regular 2D coin do not provide. In order to make sure the finished piece comes out looking absolutely stunning, we require a high resolution image to work from. The more detailed the picture, the more crisp the 3D coin will turn out. If the image you provide is not up to standards, we will contact you and request a better reference.

Epoxy is also popular as it provides a layer of protection to the surface of the coin. While aesthetically pleasing, it cannot be mixed with 3D or Glow-In-The Dark enamel color fill. The epoxy coating will inhibit light penetration, causing the Glow-In-The Dark enamel to become inactive – in other words, it won’t glow.

Dual plating is a process whereby two metals are used on the same coin, for example; gold and silver. This option really adds a level detail that can distinguish your challenge coins from the crowd. However, please note that tiny areas between details int eh design may or may not be eligible for this option. Dual plating is best reserved for larger areas and not applied to smaller areas.

Printed inserts allow us to place your exact image on one or both sides of your coin. Again, the quality of the picture provided has a direct influence on how well the printing will turn out. Please send us the very best reference you have if this option is chosen.

Sizing: We sell more 1.75″ coins than any other, and most design concepts are able to be fit into this working area. If your idea is highly detailed, we may suggest increasing the diameter of your custom coins so that text and other features are accurately represented. If there is cause for alarm as to certain aspects, we will notify you and suggest a solution. Often, minute details are rendered as “representational” – meaning, you will be able to recognize the feature, but some detail may be lost.

Depending on shape, bottle opener coins have specific dimensions that must be used so that the coin will actually open a bottle. As a general rule, such designs have to be two inches or larger for a functioning piece.

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