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Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year

December 17th, 2010

Signature Coins knows how important the upcoming holidays are for you and your family. That is why we wanted to take a moment today to thank you for your business. Without you, we would not have had as successful of a year as we did in 2010. Your continuous support is noticed and appreciated.

We hope that you have a very Merry Christmas as well as a joyous and prosperous New Year!  We are sincere when we say that you are truly the reason why we do what we do. Creating custom lapel pins for your businesses, organizations, academic institutes, and sports teams has been a pleasure.  We hope that we can continue to assist you with future orders in the upcoming months.

We will be closed for the holidays starting December 18th. Any orders placed after this date will be processed and placed for production on January 3rd, 2011 after we have returned from our break.  We look forward to seeing your design ideas and creating custom artwork for your lapel pin orders.  From our office to your home, we hope that you have a safe holiday season.

Commemorative Challenge Coins Celebrate Grand Openings of Businesses

December 16th, 2010

A Grand Opening is an exciting affair for business owners for a number of reasons.  First, it gives new entrepreneurs the opportunity to establish themselves in a community.  The public event brings in people from all over the city and gives them a glimpse of the products and services that will be offered through the business.  Second, it receives media coverage which can help a business advertise from the minute it opens its doors.  Last but not least, special events like these serve as a valuable opportunity to meet potential customers, let them try samples, and listen to their feedback.  Commemorative challenge coins created for this type of event help individuals remember the experiences they had with a new company.

Reasons Why Businesses Use Challenge Coins

Commemorative challenge coins can be handed out at the actual ribbon cutting ceremony.  Recipients will be able to remember the event in greater detail when they look at their gift. The date that the building or business was established can be printed into the design of the challenge coin which helps make it highly collectible. A photograph or logo incorporated into the artwork can add to the item’s visual appeal.

Businesses find that giveaway items are great tools for driving sales.  Challenge coins, in all of their glory, are attractive, long lasting, and personal.  They can be single or double sided and include decorative edging and 3D emblems. They can be handed out in place of a traditional business card which is part of the reason why they remain so popular.  New entrepreneurs looking to make a great first impression rely on challenge coins to help them with branding.

To find out how to order your own custom challenge coins or to see samples of products that we created for our customers, visit . You call also call 1-800-953-3607 toll free.

Using Icons and Logos on Your Custom Challenge Coins

December 15th, 2010

The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, is a great reminder of how much using images can help to get a message across.  Using imagery, icons, and logos on custom challenge coins can condense and greatly impact your message.  Taking advantage of this option also yields a clean and creative challenge coin that gives your organization, company or unit direct exposure.

Attention Grabbing Designs are Easily Recalled

What is even more beneficial about using logos and icons on challenge coins is that you can tweak preexisting images to create a memorable backdrop.  Adding your own personal touch to artwork from famous album or book covers is an appealing way to get people’s attention.

For example, “Moby-Dick”, also known as “The Whale”, is a great American novel and a treasure of the literature world that inspired the artwork for the coin you see here.  The ferocious image of a huge white whale tearing through the ocean’s surface is one that will be easily remembered. The appearance of a boat carrying several defenseless travelers as they face their antagonist triggers a “fight or flee” response.

Making Your Point Using Less Words

We have no problem saying that sometimes less really is more. Using key words instead of full mission statements creates more room for artwork and helps them stand out.  Words like Excellence, Professionalism, and Honor give challenge coins a clear meaning without interrupting the flow their graphical designs.  Looking at the same customized coin example, you can see that placing short mottos or catch phrases along the edge of your coin works just as well.

Taking Coin Sizes for Granted

Using the correct sized coin is always the best option for designs that include several logos. There are often times when custom challenge coins are created using all the logos from each group within a large unit or task force.  In situations like this you do not want size to become an issue.  We suggest ordering coins that are 2 inches or larger instead of the typical 1.5” and 1.75” sizes.

Signature Coins has an unlimited number of design options and skilled graphic artists available to help you design your custom challenge coins. Contact us at to start your order.  Or, give us a call at 1-800-953-3607 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives.

Low-Cost Ways to Make Collector’s Editions of Your Custom Challenge Coin

December 14th, 2010

Did you know that turning your rare custom challenge coins into collectible coins is easy and inexpensive? Though this may come as a surprise, it is true.  Signature Coins has a few tricks-of-the- trade that will help you effortlessly convert your rare coin to a collectible version while going easy on your pocket.

A Few Small Design Tweaks Make a Big Difference

There are actually quite a few details that can be added to your existing challenge coin design that will make it a must have among fellow coin enthusiasts.  However, here we are presenting our most cost efficient and popular options.

Numbered Challenged Coins Establish a Clear Order

Adding sequential engraved numbers to the edge of your coin will help collector’s know where they are within the assortment. All of your non-numbered coins will be the general coin while your numbered coins are given out as a collector’s item. The best aspect of using this option is that adding sequential edge numbering does not change the mold of your original challenge coin.

Plating Helps Differentiate Collectible Coins from the Rest

Another option you can take advantage of with no additional mold fee is changing the plating on your customized coin. Your collector’s edition challenge coin can easily be plated using a different metal.  For example, if your normal coin is plated in silver, the collectible coin can be plated in gold.

Making Paint Colors vary Between Coin Editions

Changing the enamel colors in your collector’s coin is another great way to set it apart from your original. With the unlimited number of color combinations Signature Coins has available, upgrading your custom challenge coin from a general to an exclusive one is simple and interesting.

To get a better idea of the many different ways custom coins can be designed to look, visit our coin gallery at .

Our knowledgeable representatives and talented designers are always available to consult and assist you with any ideas or questions you may have.  Contact one of them today by sending an email to or calling our office at 1-800-953-3607. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed!

Black Enamel and Gold Plating Make Outstanding Custom Challenge Coins

December 13th, 2010

When the New York State Police contacted us with their custom challenge coin request, we knew we had to exceed their expectations.  Not only did we want their order to reflect their design ideas, we also wanted each item to be rich in detail and easily readable.  That is why we suggested using black enamel paint on gold plating because we knew that it enhanced the appearance of custom artwork and made an attractive and collectible challenge coin.

Black and Gold Have a High Contrast

Black and gold look good together.  That is because there is such a high contrast between the two colors.  Governmental agencies, military groups, and academic institutes often use darker colors with gold plating. Details like these make challenge coins look distinguishable and professional.

Text Is Easy to Read and Stands Out

One of the main reasons why our customers choose black enamel with gold plating is because it makes the text easy to read.  Words stand out rather than blend in with the background. This makes it easy to identify the business or organization that created the coins.  For example, New York State Police is bold and recognizable against a dark blue background.  The words “Gun Investigation Unit” also look good in gold against the black enamel of the coin.

Secondary Colors Add Depth to the Design

Other colors can add depth to the design.  The way that we created the New York State Police coins demonstrates just that.  A ring of black circles the navy blue coin on one side.  This helps the gold lettering to shine through.

Minor details like these can make a noticeable difference in your challenge coin’s appearance.  You can create a remarkable design easily by choosing black enamel with gold plating. The different options that we offer can be seen by visiting

What We Mean By Custom Challenge Coins

When it comes to the word custom, we mean truly unique.  We can take any design idea and turn it into an enviable challenge coin. We can also create these in any size or shape that you desire. Although the New York State Police coins are round and traditional, their message is anything but.  The images on the front and back of the coin represent the customer, the department that he represents, and the type of work that is accomplished.  This type of challenge coins makes for an interesting conversation piece.

To learn more about our products call 1-800-953-3607 toll free.

For Modern Birth Announcements Try Custom Challenge Coins

December 10th, 2010

There is no greater feeling in the world for a parent than announcing the birth of their newborn son or daughter.  Rather than go with traditional stationery, today’s moms and dads opt to use something a little more modern.  Custom challenge coins are the perfect size, shape, and color for birth announcements. In fact, they are so unique that people worldwide prefer to order them instead of paper announcements.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • They are long lasting, durable, and attractive. Stationery shows wear over time.  Challenge coins are made from high quality materials which enhance the look and appeal of the gift’s design.
  • They can include a photograph of the child as well as their name, date and time of birth, and length and weight. What better way is there to let others know about your new bundle of joy than through the use of a challenge coin?  Available in single sided and double sided options, these incredible items are sentimental and valuable to their recipients.
  • They can be enclosed in a velvet box or acrylic coin capsule which makes them easy to ship to family members and friends. You can easily these birth announcements to loved ones in other cities and states for very little cost.  Individual bags and boxes offer extra protection from damage.

What Makes Challenge Coins Unique?

One of the biggest selling points of custom challenge coins is their ability to be personalized in a number of ways. Parents can add decorative edges, 3D images, and glitter to their design in an attempt to increase the appeal of their birth announcement coins.

They can even include phrases like, “It’s a Boy!” or “It’s a Girl!”  A picture of a stork or graphic of a baby can also be added to the design if a parent doesn’t want to use a photograph. This makes it easy to identify the type of custom challenge coin it is.

For ways to make your birth announcement challenge coins outstanding, visit today or call 1-800-953-3607 toll free.

What is the Typical Size of a Custom Challenge Coin?

December 9th, 2010

The best size for your custom challenge coin depends on how you plan to use it. A standard sized coin is ideal if the purpose of the coin requires that it be easy to carry around. However, if you want a coin that is a little over-the top to display in your office or car our largest coin option is great too.

Typical and Large Challenge Coins Sizes

Signature Coins most commonly fulfills orders for 1.5”, 1.75” and 2” sizes. Custom coins created in either of these dimensions are small enough to keep in your pocket or wallet for easy access.

You should also know that we do not stop at the challenge coin sizes listed above. We will also make coins as large as 4.5”. This larger coin will make the details in your challenge coin design really stand out.

Both the typical and large sized challenge coins are perfect for sharing with others as:

  • Holiday Ornaments
  • Commemorative Tokens
  • Party Favors or Prizes
  • Keepsakes and Gifts

Extra Large Personalized Coins

We will make coins even larger if you want to create something that is really eye catching. Coins that are bigger than 4.5” are sometimes referred to as car badges. We suggest using these extra-large coins as stationary display items because their size makes them awkward to handle and carry around.

Ordering the Right Size Challenge Coin

Something else to consider when determining the size of your challenge coin is its challenge coin design. Choosing too small or large of a coin surface can easily take away from the quality of its appearance.

The Signature Coins team will work with you in deciding which challenge coin size best fits your needs. Requesting a Free Quote and telling us a little bit about what your coins will be used for is the best starting point.

Our challenge coin gallery offers several ideas if you are not sure how you want your customized coins to look. Go to to view the coins in our gallery page.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding challenge coin sizes. Call 1-800-953-3607 to connect with one of our knowledgeable representatives or send us an email at to share your ideas and suggestions.

Offset Printed Custom Challenge Coins Are Picture Perfect

December 8th, 2010

We have yet to meet anyone who has not tried to imagine their picture on a piece of money. The exciting news is this fantasy can easily become a reality with customized challenge coins.

Signature Coins is not only an expert in crafting quality challenge coins but we can create them for any occasion, no matter how big or small. It is truly up the customer and whatever you decide to do, we are more than willing to oblige.

Pictures Add Value to the Challenge Coin Design

Challenge coins can be the perfect addition to a business’ award programs or corporate functions. Using images of specific employees, entire departments, group photos from sports events, and other business gatherings, works wonders for boosting morale and encouraging employee involvement.

Birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, graduations or “just because” are a few reasons why individuals choose to create a coin that has their or someone else’s picture on it.

Offset Printed Coins are Rare by Design

In our industry, the process of creating items using photographic images is called offset printing. This method allows us to print images directly onto the coin’s surface instead of embossing the design into the metal as we would other types. The greatest benefit of using offset printed coins, which are also called photo or picture coins, is how they capture the details and the many colors variances in the picture.

Another benefit is being able to design one or both sides of your challenge coins. One side could display your personal photograph with a traditional metal finish on the other.  Choosing the double sided option means the same picture can appear on either side, or a different one on each.

Finishing Your Picture Coin with a Touch of Gloss

Most of us agree that glossy photos are nicer to look at.  Well, the same is true for picture coins.  Signature Coins can easily create the same effect using our epoxy dome option. This detail is inexpensive to add and requires the application of a liquid epoxy that hardens to a clear and glossy finish once fired in our production oven.  The added protection prevents damage to the printed image while increasing the attractiveness of your rare coin.

Send us your picture and we will make you a coin that is worth a thousand words.  Call our office at 1-800-953-3607 or send us an email at to start your offset printed challenge coin order today.

University ROTC Coins Reward Students and Soldiers in Training

December 7th, 2010

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC) is college based and predominantly recognized in the United States. It serves as an elective course that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics.  All branches of US Armed Forces have produced officers through this program with the exception of the Coast Guard.  Those individuals that complete their training and graduate from the program are rewarded with custom ROTC challenge coins which are created in their honor.

As of 2004, “ROTC graduates constitute 56 percent of U.S. Army, 11 percent of U.S. Marine Corps, 20 percent of U.S. Navy, and 41 percent of U.S. Air Force officers, for a combined 39 percent of all active duty officers in the Department of Defense.” The commitment of young men and women nationwide and on college campuses across the country can be reflected in these numbers.

Why Choose Custom Challenge Coins?

Custom challenge coins make the perfect keepsake for members of the military. Due to their historical ties and personal nature, many young men and women hold onto their ROTC memorabilia for years.  High in perceived value because they are rich in sentiment, few gifts compare to a well-crafted challenge coin. These items can be used to reward, educate, motivate, and foster goodwill with other nations.

Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, challenge coins can be created in a way that encourages students and young soldiers to complete their training an pursue a career in the US Armed Forces. In addition to being single and double sided, these unique gifts often bear an image or photograph that is meaningful to the ROTC group. They also have text that makes it easy to identify the name of the organization, the year that the student participated, and the branch of the military that they represent. Personal mission statements and slogans add one last final touch to the challenge coin’s design.

Custom Edges and Optional Features Make Standout Coins

A few of the things that we offer in terms of optional features include:

  • Custom Edges. Why not make the outer edges of your challenge coins as ornate as the rest of your design?  Choose from Rope Edges, Spur Edges, and Cross Cut Edges as well as traditional Flat Edges.
  • 3D Images. Make your design come to life with 3-Dimensional images.
  • Dual Plating. Do you like the look of both silver and gold?  Why not have your challenge coin created in both colors?
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Enamel. A novel and fun way to enhance the appearance of your coin.  Turn out the lights and watch how they glow.
  • Sequential Numbering. Limited edition items tend to be considered rare and more collectible.  Give your students and soldiers something to be really proud of by handing them a numbered challenge coin.

Custom ROTC challenge coins can be used in a variety of ways. It is up to you to see what type of impact they will make on your group. Visit our challenge coin gallery located at for inspiration.

Pittsburgh Police Creates Their Own Unique Custom Challenge Coins

December 6th, 2010

When it comes to promoting your local police department or precinct there are few better ways to do so than through the creation of custom challenge coins.  These items embody the qualities of resilience and dependability which make them ideal representations for any law enforcement or security organization.

Pittsburgh Police contacted Signature Coins to have their custom coin needs met.  The protectors of “a most livable city” recognized police coins as a unique and creative way to show pride in their unit. Because of this, we gladly fulfilled their request to create law enforcement coins for one of their many divisions.

Law Enforcement Coins Offer Police Officers Valuable Usage

Presentations and award ceremonies held by or for the police division benefit from having challenge coins created  to distribute as a reminder that the time and effort officers put in is genuinely appreciated.

When officers visit neighborhood schools or community events, the custom challenge coins help students and members of the community identify and remember their local precinct. This can be extremely helpful during times of need because people are more likely to ask for help when they are acquainted with the local police department.

Small enough to fit in your pocket, challenge coins can easily be taken everywhere officers go and used as a show piece during off duty times.

The Right Challenge Coin Manufacturer Makes All the Difference

When it comes to producing challenge coins, we have the years of industry knowledge and experience that guarantees our clients always receive a coin that lives up to their expectations and reputation.

The Pittsburgh Police coin was designed to include our dual plating option.  Using two types of metal in the design gives the coin a layered and unique look.  In addition to the dual plating, we also gave the customer their choice of:

  • Custom Artwork and graphics along with a digital proof of the finished coin.  You can either rely on one of our talented graphic artists or provide your own artwork. We will incorporate the design elements you request, furnish a digital proof via email, and make as many revisions as you want at no additional cost.
  • Text and Phrases that can be tailored to the coin’s purpose. Customized challenge coins give their creators the freedom to say what they want to say in any manner that they choose.  Including relevant dates, phone numbers, or mottos on the coin will engage recipients and add meaning.
  • Shape and Colors to ensure the coin was one-of-a-kind. Custom coins do not have to be round.  They are available in a wide assortment of shapes including be square, triangle or rectangle shapes.  Backgrounds, text and accents can all be done in any combination our clients choose.

The reason behind your custom coin creation is just as important as working with the right challenge coin company.  Which manufacturer you choose makes all the difference in designing and producing high quality coins that you and the recipients are proud of.

Contact us today for your Free Quote or call our toll free number at 1-800-953-3607. Feel free to send us an email with your ideas or questions at