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Showing Your Appreciation For Trees with Custom Arbor Day Challenge Coins

March 30th, 2011

Arbor Day, which stems from the Latin word meaning tree, is a national holiday in which individuals and groups participate in and encourage planting and caring for trees. It started in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton and was first celebrated on April 10th.

Showing and Sharing Your Love of Trees

In the United States, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. This year’s holiday falls on the 29thIf you or your organization is planning a something special for Arbor Day, have you considered using custom challenge coins for your event?

You don’t have to be a certified tree hugger to design your own Arbor Day challenge coin. At Signature Coins, we make it simple and fun to customize coins that capture the meaning behind and memories of your Arbor Day activities.

Custom Shapes, Graphics and More

When most people hear the term “coin” they assume that it has to be round.  However, this is no longer true.  Arbor Day presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of our customized shape option.  You can get a tree shaped challenge coins just as easily as you could a round one.

Once you have decided your coin’s shape you can begin the truly fun part which is coming up with the details of your challenge coin design.  You may already have an idea of what you want your coin to look like, but do not have the tools to perfect it. This where our talented and creative graphic artists will take over and make the process even easier for you. Signature Coins has many design options available that allow you, with the help of our artists, plenty of room for creativity.

All of our customers get their choice of:

  • A single or double-sided coin
  • Unlimited colors and color combinations
  • Text, mottoes or phrases
  • Add-ons like cut-outs, sequential numbering, glitter and gemstones

By submitting your ideas, sketches or graphics to our team, we will gladly and quickly generate a unique challenge coin design that you can use for any and all of your Arbor Day events.  In addition to that, we will send you a free digital proof of your design and make as many revisions as you request until you are satisfied that your holiday coin looks exactly how you imagined it.

Call us today at 1-800-953-3607 to start creating your custom challenge coin.  Or, you can send your request, design ideas and images to

Custom Challenge Coins Made in the Shapes of Everyday Objects

March 16th, 2011

Have you ever considered how fun and interesting it would be to design a challenge coin in a shape other than circular? We aren’t referring to common shapes like squares, triangles or even stars.  The shapes we have in mind are far more interesting and realistic.

State-of-the- Art Techniques Make the Difference

Advances in technology have made it incredibly easy to create custom coins that replicate everyday objects. Those who are familiar with lapel pins, revel in the design freedom and value that the custom shape option adds to their coins, especially organizations like BAE Systems.

BAE System is a global defense and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide.  It delivers a full range products and services for air, land and naval forces along with advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions, and support services.

Military Affiliated Coin Gets a Shape Up

When the organization needed custom challenge coins for one of its international based businesses, an ordinary coin simply would not do. BAE Systems decided to take full advantage of Signature Coins’ custom shape option to arrive at a personalized coin that properly represented its Special Operations Command (SOCOM) vehicles.

The vehicle shaped challenge coins could not be further from ordinary.  It has all the curves, bumps and layers of a BAE System’s actual Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. This miniature came complete with camouflage body paint, tinted windows, rugged terrain tires and even a spare.  A BAE system banner is displayed on the driver’s side while key SOCOM information is presented on the passenger side.

We Make It Easy For Everyone

Though the challenge coin design seems complex and intricate, the truth is, creating it could not have been easier.  The talent of our graphic artists, combined with the knowledge of Signature Coins’ industry experts and clients’ input, makes the process of designing and producing high quality unique coins effortless for everyone.

Visit our Coin Pricing page at to get learn about some of our other coin design options.

To place your order, to get answers to your custom challenge coin questions, you can simply send an email to or call or office, 1-800-953-3607

Should I Use Sequential Engraved Numbering on the Side or on the Edge of My Custom Challenge Coin?

March 8th, 2011

With the wide assortment of design options that are available, sequential engraved numbering is the best way to clearly establish a series of collectible challenge coins.  While this add-on feature can be described simply as including a series number on your custom challenge coin, where you should place this number may require just a little more thought.

There are two areas of the challenge coin in which you can add your sequential numbering, on the side (front or back, face) or on the edge. Both areas have their own benefits as well as distinct differences.  Which option you choose depends on the impression you want your customized coin to make.

Do you want your recipients to easily recognize that they have received a unique collectible coin? If you answered yes to this question, then using sequential numbering on the side of your challenge coin is the perfect choice.

Far from subtle, placing your coin’s series number on the on front or back side of the challenge coin makes its value plainly obvious.  The sequence number, in all its boldness and importance appears on the coin’s face. Though it shares its display area with the general challenge coin design, it still demands its own level of attention.

On the other hand, sequential edge numbering, just as the name suggests, is applied on the challenge coin’s outer edge.  This is the ideal option for you if you want your challenge coin design to remain the center of attention. Because the edge of the coin is a significantly smaller display area, the sequence number appears smaller making it a subtle design feature.

Something else to consider, when deciding where you will place your sequential numbering, is the size of your overall challenge coin design. There have been instances when the coin’s design details require the use of its entire surface area.  In this situation we recommend using sequential edge numbering, that is if you do not wish to revise the design.

To learn more about sequential numbering or any of our additional coin options, please visit our Coin Pricing page at

Our knowledgeable representatives are standing by to handle your inquiries and hear your ideas.  Contact one of them today at 1-800-953-3607 or by emailing

The Convenience and Practicality of Custom Bottle Openers Makes Them Popular by Demand

March 4th, 2011

There are many people that like to carry a commemorative challenge coin in their pockets.  If you are anything like these individuals, we have an even better suggestion for you.  Why not carry a challenge coin that is appealing and has a function?

Creativity and Innovation Become One

Custom challenge coin bottle openers are just as easy to carry in your pocket as coins but come with the added advantage of being able to open a bottle.  When it comes to designing your bottle openers, they can also have an opening that allows you to hang them from a dog tag chain or lanyard. The size options that are available make this useful custom product even more appealing.

Similar to the traditional challenge coins from which they are crafted, the bottle openers can be in any size ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 inches.  A rectangular shaped bottle opener that is 2.75” in size is a happy medium that allows plenty of room for your design. For added versatility, you can also design bottle openers to be double sided rather than just single.

Sharing the Enthusiasm and Perks

If you know others, like you, that genuinely appreciate a high quality challenge coin, why not design a bottle opener for them too?  Their convenience and practicality make them not only popular, but also the perfect gift or give away item. They offer a unique and useful way to say thank you to customers and organizational supporters.

Even recipients who will be seeing a challenge coin or custom bottle opener for the first time are sure to love the creativity and innovation behind it. You may even start a new trend or tradition among close family and friends by creating a new one each year as collectible bottle openers.

Visit our Bottle Openers page to find out more about these creative and useful keepsakes.

Call Signature Coins today to start your order, 1-800-953-3607. Or send an email to one of our challenge coin experts at