Q & A: The Most Common Questions About Challenge Coins

Your questions about challenge coins answered

Challenge coins are custom-made coins presented to confirm membership to an organization or group. Specially designed, custom challenge coins can also be used to honor special achievements, milestones, and accomplishments. These small metal coins have unique objects that belong to the organization it represents. Challenge coins feature emblems, insignia, logos, mottos, special dates, and more.

Challenge coins are made of zinc, bronze, brass, and more. At ChallengeCoins4Less.com, we produce top-quality challenge coins, and through the years, we have had some great questions asked by our customers. Today we examine a handful of the most common questions about challenge coins while assisting you in making the best choice for your own coin.

How Do Challenge Coins Work? 

Challenge coins "work" in a number of ways. They are presented for a number of reasons, including team building, rewarding outstanding performance, or for celebrating milestones. Typically challenge coins are used as an award for brave behavior and outstanding work in a specific area. Custom coins are also designed for commemorating special events and can even become collector's items. Even businesses have adopted challenge coins as a way to motivate staff and encourage a positive work environment. Challenge coins might be small, but they play a big role for any company, business, or organization.

How Do I Get Challenge Coins? 

Well, that question has a few different answers. The first is that you can acquire challenge coins through hard work with various organizations and some companies. However, you may also come across coins at competitions, events, conferences, trade shows, and more. They can also be purchased online, or you may devise your own, though we will get into that later. Some organizations and associations will present custom challenge coins to their members, volunteers, or staff. This is typically used as a way to express gratitude for hard work and dedication.

Companies have adopted coins as a way to reward outstanding contributions. These coins will be customized for specific achievements, often used as a way to showcase promotion and loyalty. Corporate challenge coins are even used as a marketing tool, but that's a different conversation.

Challenge coins are also presented as races and sporting events, such as running, soccer, and even baseball games. However, you can plan and create your own challenge coins as a souvenir. Wedding coins have grown in popularity, designed as a commemorative token of a special day. Birthday coins and festival coins have also become popular over the past few years.

How Do I Design My Own Challenge Coins? 

Sketching a challenge coin might seem like an overwhelming task, but we make it easy. There are a few key elements to take into consideration before getting the design process started. First, think about the size of your coin and its purpose. Then consider what details you want to include, such as logos and emblems, imagery, text, dates, and more. Color may also be added to the coin, which is sure to make your design stand out even more. Challenge coins can also be produced in nearly any shape imaginable. Add unique edge details or cutouts for a look like none other. There are several ways to create custom challenge coins, and we will help.

How Much Do Challenge Coins Cost? 

The cost of a challenge coin depends on the elements included in the plan. The cost also includes molding fees and design parts. However, the elements such as size, thickness, shape, color, edge details, engraving, and more are key factors. The bigger the coin, the higher the cost and the same applies to the thickness. More complex-shaped coins are a bit more expensive, as is adding color to any design. A personalized edge adds a touch to your total cost, as can 3D details, and cutouts. The best part about challenge coins is that you have complete control over the look. Even if you are working on a tight budget, high-quality challenge coins can be produced for your needs.

How Do I Display Custom Challenge Coins? 

While acquiring challenge coins is one thing, figuring out a proper way to showcase them is another. There are several different ways to display challenge coins, but much of it has to do with personal taste. Wooden display cases are a classic option. The wood is associated with elegance, and it's a nice contrast to the metal of the coin. Wooden displays are found on desks and shelves or even hung on the wall. Glass display cases are also a great way to present a collection of coins. Not only do they protect the coins, but they also keep them preserved and unexposed to the air. Glass adds a touch of class to any coin collection, offering a stunning way to keep your coins looking great. There are several different options in terms of wood and glass displays; it's all about finding the right one to suit your style.

Where To Buy Custom Challenge Coins? 

Challenge coins can be found in several ways. They are found online at e-commerce stores or in brick-and-mortar stores across the world. However, you can also design and order your own. At ChallengeCoins4Less.com, challenge coins are what we do best. For over fifteen years, we have conceived challenge coins of all sorts, from corporate coins to military challenge coins, even commemorative coins, and coins for special ceremonies. Whether you have a fully realized concept or a simple sketch, we will bring your ideas to life.

Our artists will work with you to create a layout that is perfect for your particular needs. Our dedication to quality and customer service is unrivaled, and you can rest assured that you will get challenge coins that attract attention for their outstanding appearance and attention to detail. Through the use of creative artwork and top-quality material, our challenge coins are some of the best in the business. We also provide free artwork and revisions so you may ensure you are getting the coin that you want. We even make ordering easy. All you have to do is fill out our free quote form, and we will send you a free digital proof for your approval. Once you have approved the design, production begins.To find out more information, give us a call toll-free at  (855) 272-8451 or email us. We'd be happy to help! 

Jesse Daugherty

Jesse Daugherty


Hello, I'm Jesse Daugherty, a music enthusiast, sports aficionado, and an avid supporter of the arts. I'm a writer and content creator. For the past 5 years, I've shared my knowledge of custom challenge coins and other promotional products, exploring their designs, meaning, and purpose.