For decades challenge coins have been a special part of Army life. In recent years, coin suppliers have introduced a range of great-looking options that can personalize Army challenge coins in even greater detail. The traditional challenge coin dates back a full century to the U.S. Army Air Service of World War I.
At the time, aerial warfare was just getting off the ground. At least in terms of powered aircraft. Man-carrying kites were used in ancient China, and balloons were used in war as early as the third century A.D. Legend has it that a rich lieutenant created the first custom coins for his Army Air Corps squad in WWI.
A member of the squad was shot down, and he eventually was able to escape to French territory. With the aid of the coin to prove his identity, the airman was able to be returned safely to his unit.
The original coin designs were relatively simple, but they have grown increasingly intricate through the years. Today you can choose from the classic monochromatic look or add colors to your custom challenge coins. Edge designs, cutouts, sequential numbering, and even custom shapes are all options as well.
Start with the metal color of your coin. A reputable supplier should offer a range of choices such as gold, silver, brass, black nickel, copper, or even a duo-tone combination of two colors. Select between the standard polished metal or an antique look. It's all up to you. You know which option suits your coins the best.
You can add color to your designs as well. The resulting image stands out from the standard die-struck appearance. A good coin provider will also offer custom shapes at no extra charge. You're not limited to just round coins. Consider how your design would look with a unique shape. The graphic artists at your coin provider can help you decide.
Cutouts can add a unique aesthetic to your designs. The open space sharply contrasts and highlights your chosen design. Combine cutouts with diamond-cut coin edges for a really bold appearance.
Want to add an additional message or comment to your coins? Engraved edge text makes it possible. If you'd like to add an extra element of exclusivity to your custom Army challenge coins, your order can be sequentially numbered.
If you would like to encourage recipients to use your coins on a regular basis, you can turn them into bottle opens or keychains. A good coin supplier can advise you on what styles and options work best for your needs.
No matter what options you choose for your coins, a reputable provider is a must. Here at Challenge Coins 4 Less, we have nearly 15 years of experience creating great looking, durable custom coins for every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
We also provide outstanding prices, the most flexibility in coin design you can get anywhere, and our legendary 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. We look forward to serving all of your needs for Army challenge coins!