Did you know that challenge coins go way back in history?
The oldest one found by Jesse Medford, founder of the Challenge Coin Association, is from the 17th Infantry Regiment coin from the early 1950s. But they're believed to go back even further.
If you collected things as valuable as challenge coins, you need a good storage space to preserve them. That’s why you’ll need the right challenge coin display to suit your needs.
But what qualifies as a great display? Do you have to consider function over aesthetics or is there a workaround?
We’re here to help you find the right display for your collection. Read on and learn more today.
Challenge coins are great as a means of identifying with a group, or as a collector’s items. You don’t need to be part of a group to appreciate its value, whether as a historical item or as artwork. The only real reason you need to start collecting challenge coins is their beauty. That’s why they need a display that can make them shine.
The best part is that each challenge coin has a story behind it. They’re the physical proof of achievement, especially if you’re collecting military-based challenge coins. With that, you need a good challenge coin display to showcase each coin's value.
Here are some of your options:
This type of coin display has a warm wood look, as well as a customizable background to showcase the coins in all their glory. It’s a perfect case if you’re looking to house a large collection. After all, this type of case will hold around 60 coins without looking like it’s crowded.
The display case can lean against the background, held in place by the shelf slots. It’s designed to hold even thick coins without shifting at all. That way, you won’t have to worry about coins falling off the display.
Yes, this type of display can feel limiting but it’s great for people still at the beginning of their collection. This display type works best for people with only a few coins since you get to space each coin out. It also works for people with more than 50 coins, since you can fit them all in one display.
This is a tabletop display case, often crafted from luxurious wood such as walnut. It’s a good way to display your challenge coins when you have no extra wall space. It’s ideal as an addition to desks, mantles, or shelves. The best part is that it’s massive and can house as many as 80 coins.
The only drawback to this type of coin display is that the slots look discrete. That means it can look incomplete when your collection is small. It features ten rows of high-quality foam that can keep your coin collection safe.
Despite a few issues, this is a great option for people with a lot of challenge coins. Collecting these items is no easy task, and this type of display works wonders once you have enough to fill up the empty spaces on the slots.
This type of case typically is made of walnut, coupled with a black background that accentuates your challenge coins. It has a hinged door with a solid glass front that lets people see your collection better. This solid wood shelf has a fabric cover, with grooves that help hold the coins in one place.
These cases often come in different sizes, accommodating anything between 32 and 48 coins. It also is quite versatile, since it’s thin enough to become a wall hanging. It has the specific hardware included in its package.
The protection of this coin display case is optimal. It doesn’t take anything from the coins’ beauty. That makes it ideal furniture for both your home and office.
However, there are a few disadvantages. Since this case only uses one side, you’ll need a large case to display more coins. This can get unwieldy if you have a small display table or if you want to put all your coins on a single shelf.
You also have to consider maintenance. The glass and hinges need regular cleaning. Glass displays need maintenance to ensure you can see through them and the hinges need some work to prevent rust.
This type of challenge coin display combines a few characteristics from the above options. This display holder uses a pyramid design, with three or more tiers, allowing it to hold dozens of coins. The best part of this design is that it lets you display coins from all four directions, using every side of the pyramid.
One of the main benefits of this display is that there’s no “front” or “back” side. Each side displays rows of challenge coins, guaranteeing you can place it anywhere and still be able to show off your collection. It also means people can admire the coins on display from any angle.
The only disadvantage is that you can’t see all the coins at once. This makes the display better as a centerpiece, but it’s not ideal if you have to prop it in front where only one or two sides are visible.
There are a lot of other challenge coin display options out there. You can buy the pre-made ones online, or commission someone to make a custom one for you. The latter can be expensive, depending on your customization needs.
Regardless, these are some of the options you can use to house your challenge coin collection. Start with any of them. Challenge coins aren’t meant for storage —show them off with pride and let people admire them!
Do you need to make your challenge coins? If so, contact us today to get a free quote.