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Challenge Coin Bottle Openers Are Today’s Latest Craze

September 27th, 2011

Challenge coin bottle openers are the latest craze.  Popular with members of the military and other groups alike, they are the type of gift item that is practical and memorable.  This makes them perfect for awards ceremonies and banquets of all sizes.

Bottle openers with the interior cut out within the challenge coin are perfect because they allow their owners to participate in challenges and open their frothy beverages at the same time.  Unique gift items like these are perfect for the men that you know.  Military units, sports teams, business colleagues, and fraternities are just a few of the groups that contact us with a request for bottle opener challenge coins.

The Ideal Size for Your Challenge Coin Bottle Openers

The 2.75 inch size is critical for the functionality of the bottle opener.  That’s why we recommend that you request this size when ordering your custom challenge coins.  If we go any smaller than that, it will compromise the bottle opening mechanism which could affect how your coins are being used.

Suggestions for Customizing Your Challenge Coins

There are a number of different ways you can customize your challenge coin bottle openers.  Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Custom shapes.  Challenge coins do not have to be round.  They can be cut to resemble the image being represented on the challenge coin.  Challenge coin bottle openers can also be dog tag shaped.  Military units love the look of this type of coin.
  • Custom edges. Choose from Flat Edge, Rope Edge, Spur Edge, Oblique Line Edge, Flat Weave/Bevel Edge, and Cross Cut Edge.  Custom edges give designs dimension and add to their appeal.

As you can see, challenge coin bottle openers are a great find.  They can be used to honor and reward heroic efforts or encourage exceptional deeds and work.  If you want the group that you are recognizing to be impressed with their gift item, you’ll want to create custom coins with Signature Coins.  Call 1-800-953-3607 toll-free or email

Antique Finishes on Challenge Coins Are Distinct and Attractive

September 16th, 2011

Do you want a distinctive way to tell your custom challenge coins apart from others’ in the crowd?  Are you impressed by items that look worn or aged?  If you answered, “Yes,” than we have a technique that you’ll want to apply to your custom coins.  It’s called antiquing and it allows for greater contrast on no color challenge coins.  Applying an antique finish on a coin gives it a “vintage” look and feel.  This helps draw attention to the design and the meaning behind the coin.

Choose From Antique Gold, Antique Silver, and Antique Copper

Antique gold, antique silver, and antique copper are all the choices a person has when ordering custom challenge coins from us.  The process requires some time and extra effort put into it.  That’s why the finished product looks as incredible as it does.  When you look at an antiqued challenge coin, you know that you are getting a really special gift.

Years of Service Award Coins and Medallions Are Often Antiqued

Years of service award coins and medallions often are antiqued.  This helps give the appearance that they are old and therefore honorable.  Recipients of these items enjoy being able to look at their gift and know where it came from.  This helps add to the coin or medallion’s perceived value.  People will be more inclined to hold onto it if they think that it make be collectible someday.

You’ll want to explore the different effects antiquing will have on your custom challenge coin design.  Visit today to request a free quote.  You can also call 1-800-953-3607 or email and speak to a trained sales professional.  This will allow you to get a better idea as to how much your custom coins will cost and what they will look like once they are sent out for production.

Challenge Coins Used to Commemorate Fallen Soldiers

September 13th, 2011

The New York Post just reported that a soldier killed in Baghdad’s family decided to honor their lost loved one by creating something he loved in honor of his service to the military.  They decided to contact a challenge coin company with their request for a custom challenge coin commemorating the 27 year old’s life. Army Staff Sgt. James McNaughton was the first NYPD officer killed in Iraq.

The coins were stamped with the soldier’s photograph and date of death.  Details like these are important in preserving a family’s personal history.  More often than expected, new customers come to us because they can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to their lost loved one.

Memorial coins are growing in popularity for a number of reasons.  Here are a few for you to think about:

  • Custom coins are portable. They can be carried around in a pocket or purse where they are easily accessible. This allows them to be shown to others quickly and easily.
  • Custom coins are durable. The challenge coins are made out of quality materials which make them last a long time.  When stored in a presentation bag or case, they are protected from dust, dirt, and grime.
  • Custom coins are personal. Like the example listed above, custom challenge coins are rich in meaning.  They are designed with a group or individual in mind.  In the case of the example listed above, the coins contained a picture and an important date.

Custom challenge coins can be made in any size, shape, color or style.  They can have custom edges, 3D emblems, and even be dual plated.  Coins can be single or double sided.  Some customers prefer to have their design on one side and leave the other side blank.  Others like to extend their message to both sides of the coin.

Whatever your preference may be, we can create memorial challenge coins to fit your needs.  Visit today.  You can also call 1-800-953-3607 toll-free or email  We’ll be more than happy to honor your request for memorial coins.

Dragon*Con Challenge Coin Customer Contacts Us

September 8th, 2011

Frequently, we receive feedback from our customers who want to share their thoughts or special events with us.  One customer in particular, McKay Labs has partnered up with SGTV and has some information that they wanted to share with people interested in Dragon*Con.  They wanted to let people know that the challenge coins that they designed will be available for purchase on their website.  This allows them to share their unique product with other attendees and fans of Dragon*Con.

What is Dragon*Con?

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention in the universe.  It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film.  The next convention will be held on Labor Day weekend (August 31 – September 3, 2012) in Atlanta, GA.  This gives attendees from all over the world plenty of time to buy their tickets and their custom challenge coins.

Challenge Coins Are Very Collectible

Challenge coins serve as the ultimate keepsake at conventions and festivals.  That’s why they continue to be popular to this day.  People like collecting memorabilia that has personal meaning.  They gravitate to custom items because of their unique appearance, relevance, and durability.  It isn’t unusual to see fans of events like Dragon*Con having large collections of promotional items.  In fact, that’s why many people come to the event in the first place.  They want to purchase one-of-a-kind items and take them home with them.

Going the Extra Mile for Our Customers is Something We Like to Do

Being able to help our customers promote their special event is all part of the job here at Signature Coins.  We go the extra mile to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with your order and we even feature many of our customer’s custom designed coins in our blog where they can receive recognition.  In the case of the McKays, knowing that the coins that we created for them are being sold to help promote something as exciting as Dragon*Con made us want to feature their story in our blog.

If you have something you want to share with us, please contact us via email at or call 1-800-953-3607 toll-free.  You never know, your story and unique challenge coin idea may be featured here!

Custom Challenge Coins for Sweepstakes Winners

September 1st, 2011

Businesses around the country host sweepstakes as a way of generating interest in the products and services that they sell.  Custom challenge coins are used to announce promotions and to drive business to the company sponsoring the contest.  This increase in profit can be significant depending on the prize that is at stake.

Challenge Coins Are the Ultimate Marketing Tool

Sweepstakes offering high dollar prizes such as cars and luxury vacations, do extremely well which is great news for business owners.  Custom challenge coins are the ultimate marketing tool.  If your company is interested in taking your business model to the next level, you might want to see what custom challenge coins will do for you.

Challenge Coins Make Great Prizes for Entrants

Durable and portable, they are the type of item that other people love to collect and show others.  They also make a great prize whenever you enter and win a sweepstakes.  Challenge coins can be created in a variety of different sizes and shapes as ways to highlight the custom artwork.  This allows you to create a truly unique coin for your next big promotion.

Ways to Make Your Challenge Coins Stand Out

Custom edges are an easy way to accentuate your coin’s design.  They give your coin depth and dimension.  You can also include a 3D image or sequential numbering as a way of making challenge coins stand out.  The more visually appealing the coins are, the more people will want to enter your sweepstakes and learn more about your company.

Some other features that you might be interested in include:

  • Dual plating
  • Cut outs
  • Offset printing

Visit today to learn how you can create a sweepstakes coin to drive your business.  You can also email or call 1-800-953-3607.