Design & Make Custom Challenge Coins

From coin design to a quality finished coin in two to three weeks. The process of making a coin is simple! Designing challenge coins is easy. With a little help from our world-class graphic artists, you can create custom challenge coins your members can carry and display with pride.

How do I get my challenge coin design started?

Creating and designing your own challenge coins online is easy. We are committed to bringing your ideas into reality. Our expert artists will work with you collaboratively. We offer our customers free revisions, and you can redo the artwork of your custom challenge coins as many times as you want without paying any additional charge.

Sketch of a challenge coin concept on yellow paper, annotated with design instructions. The drawing shows a circular coin with Roman-style pillars, inscriptions for 'Physical Security and Anti-Terrorism Division,' and a space reserved for a Roman legion symbol.
Step 1

The Idea!

This might be the hardest step when it comes to designing any challenge coin. Whether it is napkin sketches, an idea typed out in an email, logos, or insignias, anything you can provide will help us in the design of your custom coins. You can always check out our challenge coin gallery for a little inspiration. We'll take your idea and turn it into something special.

Informative screenshot showing additional customization options for challenge coins. Options include epoxy coating, 3D design, custom shapes, engraved text, and keychain attachments. Visual examples include various coin designs, emphasizing the unique features that can be tailored for each coin.
Step 2

Choose Your Design Options

We have several coin options to make your challenge coin truly unique. From the color and style of the metal finish, to how the edge of your coin will look, we offer a full range of options that will be sure to make your coin turn heads.

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Step 3

Send Us Your Info

Send us your ideas by filling out our quote request form at no obligation to you. Once we receive your artwork, We will email you a quote and create a free digital proof of your design.

Proof of a double-sided challenge coin design, featuring a golden eagle and the SPQR acronym on one side, embodying 'Physical Security and Anti-Terrorism.' The reverse showcases a bold red and gold emblem with 'VENIAM AUT FACIAM' and 'GUANTANAMO BAY' text, representing commitment and strength.
Step 4

Approve Your Proof

Using their expertise, our designers will take your idea and specifications and craft a beautiful coin design just for you. We don’t charge for art or revisions. They will ensure that your coin will look its best when produced based on the size and type of coin you are requesting.

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Step 5

Confirm Your Order and Pay

Once you approve your proof, we’ll send you a separate confirmation email. Once you give us the go-ahead to proceed, we’ll charge your credit card and start production of your order.

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Step 6

Sit back and relax!

Let us take it from here. We will manufacture your order, carefully inspect it and ship it to you, typically within 14 to 17 days (subject to seasonal delays).

Coin Design Guide

Making your own challenge coins is easy. Use the following information to help you get started

Challenge Coin Design Template
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Measuring Coin Size

Size guides are approximate. Always double-check the widest points of your design.

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Select A Metal Finish

Choose from one of our many metallic coin finishes , polished or distinguished antique available in gold, silver, copper, or brass; other unique finishes like black nickel are also available.

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Edges—Standard or Diamond-Cut?

All coins come standard with a flat rolling edge, but these can be customized too. Many coin designs benefit from a diamond-cut edge or other patterns around the border.

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Choose the Right Fonts

Fonts play a big role in the readability of your coin. Make sure to choose something legible, or if you're having trouble finding the perfect font, our award-winning designers are happy to help.

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Options for Days...

Coins don't have to be just round, flat, or boring. Make your coin any shape with custom cut-outs and colors, or make it really stand out with our 3D Design option. You can even have them individually numbered, engraved, or even made to accommodate a key ring. With our additional coin options the possibilities are endless.

How to Determine the Size of Your Challenge Coin

2 Inch Coin Sample (Round and Custom Shaped)

All Examples pictured below are 2 inches

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Coin Area
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Where the coin will measure 2"

When measuring custom-shaped challenge coins, whether an existing design or a new one, accuracy is key for customer satisfaction. Follow these steps to measure your challenge coins correctly:

  1. Identify the Longest Span :
    • For both custom-shaped and circular coins, size is determined by the longest distance across the coin. This is the diameter for circular coins. For irregular shapes, find the longest span.
  2. Using a Circular Guide for Custom Shapes :
    • Place your custom-shaped coin or its design on a circular template or object (like a circle drawing tool). Center the coin for precise measurement.
    • Identify the two points on the coin that extend closest to the edge of the circle and draw a line connecting them. This line represents the coin's size.
  3. Precise Measurement with Ruler or Caliper :
    • Use a transparent ruler or caliper for accuracy. The transparency helps in viewing the coin while measuring.
    • Align the ruler or caliper with the two farthest points of the coin, ensuring it crosses the center for circular coins.
  4. Consider Shape and Design :
    • Take into account any protrusions or irregular edges. These should be included in your measurement as they affect the overall size.
    • Understand that some shapes might appear smaller than their actual size. Accurate measurement is crucial to avoid misconceptions.

Accurately measuring your challenge coin ensures that you get the design and quality you expect. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions about measuring your coin, our customer service team is ready to assist you. Feel free to call us toll-free at (855) 272-8451 , or email us at . We are committed to providing you with all the support you need to create the perfect challenge coin.

Pantone © Color Chart

The classic challenge coin style creates a formal look, suitable for any occasion or event. If you want to make your design even more memorable, especially for corporate coins, add color. We offer up to five colors at no extra charge.

We add color enamel to your design after the design is die struck into the metal. We fill in the recesses with enamel paint and cure the enamel at high heat. The end result is an attractive, durable design with dramatic visual appeal.

Because computer screens and mobile devices vary in how they display colors, we rely on Pantone® colors as our color guide. Be aware that the only way to ensure an EXACT color match by checking an actual physical copy of a Pantone (PMS) color chart at your print shop or public library. You can also check out our virtual Pantone© color chart for a close approximation on your screen.

Ready to get start with that perfect coin design idea? Get your free no obligation quote today.