Shine Bright With High Polish Challenge Coins

High Polish challenge coins offer a mirror-like finish sure to catch the eye

Challenge coins come in various shapes and sizes, with a bevy of unique details. Those details are what make challenge coins stand out. One of the most impactful ways to customize any challenge coin is with our selection of plating options. One of the most common and most eye-catching is our high polish plating. High polish challenge coins feature a brilliant mirror finish that provides a defining feature that will garner attention. 

A high polish finish is certainly the best pick when you want a look that gleams. However, this plating option can be difficult to work with, especially if you don't know what you are doing. Today we dive into the best practices for designing a high polish challenge coin, offering an unrivaled look and striking, to say the least. The most common reason for selecting a high polish finish is to get a design with a shimmering metallic look. 

When you want a coin that has the style of an Olympic medal or trophy, our high polish plating will be the best finish of choice. However, that isn't the only reason. High polish coins are cheaper and quicker to produce than popular antique finishes. 

As with any challenge coin, we offer a host of design options that will surely take any coin to the next level. Unlike antique finishes, high polish plating options have no natural shading for the recessed areas of your design. When using a gleaming polish, some of the detail and texture can get obscured by the shine of the coin itself. However, one of the best ways to pull out those details is to shade in the recesses directly with an enamel color fill. The result is a bold contrast that works well together, offering a striking look with the polished finish and darker color tones. This combination creates a unique visual definition that is difficult to replicate. 

When designing a custom challenge coin, it's important to know that the text can be raised or recessed on the coin's surface. But, the bright polish can make it tricky to read any text without adding some shading to the design. On challenge coins with color, raising the text over the color background will create a naturally polished and clean look for your text. The reverse is also true if you opt to use just a few colors with recessed text. By adding color to the recessed text, you create a visual contrast that makes the details of your design much more legible. However, if you want to avoid using color, your best option is to increase your font size. 

Dual-plating a challenge coin is another way to create a unique look for any coin. And, one of the best choices for a dual-plated coin is to make sure one of the options is in high polish. These elements can be mixed with equal measure with another plating option or even used to highlight the unique details of your coin. The shine of high polish adds a new level of visual appeal that is sure to stand out. Even if you choose to only use high polish plating on a small detail of your coin, these areas will always stand out and shine brighter than the rest of your coin. 

Another great way to get the most out of high polish plating is to use a 3D mold. This is one of our most popular options; however, if you mix 3D details and high polish plating, it's best to keep the sculpted details simple. It's hard to gauge how much detail is too much, but sculpted detail needs some shading to clean and clear things. However, that shouldn't deter you from working with 3D designs and high polish plating options. Just make sure that you keep the 3D elements of your coin simple or use a dark-colored backdrop for a unique visual presentation. Simple shapes and rounded designs work best, showing off the shining surface of your challenge coins bold and unique. Remember that you are not limited to standard designs when ordering custom challenge coins. 

At, we have a range of attractive options that are sure to enhance the appearance of your coins. Not only do we offer a suite of plating options, but we also feature a range of metal styles, edge cuts, 3D designs, cutouts, custom shapes, and other great ways to make your coins your own. Our range of metal finishes or plating options is vast, with free options such as polished gold metal, polished silver, black nickel, polished brass, or polished copper. However, we also offer additional finish and plating options such as antique gold, antique brass, antique silver or antique copper, or even a duo-tone effect. 

The best part about custom coins is that you have complete control over the design. From the imagery and text to the plating options, edge details, 3D designs, coin cutouts, and more, you can truly get creative and design a coin that has meaning and appeal. Every coin design is different, and we love bringing your ideas to life, in turn creating unique mementos that folks are sure to treasure for years to come. 

For over fifteen years, we have produced top-quality custom challenge coins. We are proud producers of military coins for unit members and military branches, also supplying government organizations, law enforcement, and fire department coins to our honorable public servants. We understand how much challenge coins mean to recipients, and we are committed to providing the best products on the market. We go above and beyond to satisfy our customers, offering unbeatable pricing and unrivaled customer service. We will work with you on every phase of the design and production process while getting your order quickly. Of course, we hand-inspect every coin before your order is shipped, and we stand behind the quality of our coins with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

If you need a custom coin with your logo or a signature coin for your business, we can help. We take pride in what we do and understand how much custom coins mean to their recipients. No matter what type of challenge coin you desire, we can bring it to life, making ordering fun and easy. 

Don't believe us? Find out more information about our custom challenge coins by calling us toll-free at 1 (855) 272-8451 or email us. We're here to answer any questions you have! If you are ready to start your order, simply fill out our no-obligation free quote form. Ordering challenge coins has never been this easy!

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.