Custom Air Force Challenge Coins

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The brave men and women serving in the United States Air Force live by the motto, Aim High, and understand that the sky is never the limit. The Air Force challenge coins they earn through service recognize the courage, commitment and excellence displayed by Airmen stationed all over the world and are carried with pride.

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The Sky Is Never the Limit With Custom Air Force Coins

Every branch of service has its own place in the history of challenge coins, but the first ever unit coins were created for a group of pilots in World War I. Since then, challenge coins have been carried in the pockets of airmen all over the world. The Army and Navy don’t have a set structure for when and where soldiers earn their first coin, but the Air Force is a different story altogether.

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Recruits attending basic training for the United States Air Force don’t receive their first challenge coin until graduation and the Airman’s Coin ceremony. At the event, each recruit is given a unique Air Force graduation coin called an Airman’s Coin and addressed as an Airman for the first time.

Custom military coins are designed to be meaningful and memorable, no matter when they’re presented. The artwork is completely customizable, ensuring that there are no limits to what’s possible in design. If you’re looking for a custom challenge coin maker to help you design the perfect Air Force challenge coins, you’ve come to the right place. To get started on your free artwork and free price quote, just send us a few ideas, and our art team will take it from there.

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Designing the Perfect Set of Air Force Challenge Coins

Creating custom challenge coins is a fun and simple process with our Signature Coins team. Some of our clients come prepared with a sketch or digital rendering of the coins they need, while others just have a bullet list of ideas. In either case, we offer an unlimited number of free revisions to ensure that your design is perfect before you even spend a dime.

When filling out one of our free quote forms, besides letting us know what kind of artwork you’re looking for, let us know what styles and options you would like to see. Many of the custom Air Force challenge coins we help design make use of antique silver plating, but we have all kinds of different plating options to choose from. We also have options for custom edging, custom shapes and even custom bottle openers.

Anything is possible in custom Air Force challenge coin design. One of the most popular ideas is to create a custom Air Force Aircraft challenge coin, featuring the jets, planes and drones that a team operates. Including equipment, mascots and emblems is a great way to make a personal and meaningful design for a group of soldiers.

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Whether you know exactly what you need, or need the help of our art team to come up with something unique, we’ve got you covered. You can download our custom coin design template and sketch out the perfect design, or just send in a quick bullet list of ideas. Either way, our art team will set to work on your first free proof immediately.

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Who Orders Custom Air Force Challenge Coins?

The Airman’s Coin is only the first of many custom coins that a recruit will earn during their service. Teams create custom unit coins celebrating their heritage within the service. Officers commission their own personal coins and award them to the men and women in their command who demonstrate excellence, bravery or service worthy of recognition. Each coin has a sense of personality and significance thanks to its thoughtful design and careful execution.

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It’s traditional for Chief Master Sergeants in the Air Force to commission a set of personal Air Force challenge coins. Native American imagery is a popular design choice for Chief Master Sergeants, but the artwork can incorporate anything that an individual feels will make the design more personal and meaningful.

Unit members design coins to celebrate their time together as a team and the history of the unit. These designs usually incorporate team emblems, mottos and colors. We make sure to use the exact shade of Pantone colors to recreate logos and create incredibly detailed molds that ensure each design is a perfect recreation of an existing logo.

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We may be a challenge coin maker based in Orlando, but we help create military challenge coins for teams all over the world. Air Force coins are used here in the states as well as within friendly foreign militaries like the Colombian Air Force and Belgian Air Force. We have become the go-to custom coin maker for international militaries because we find ways of keeping shipping costs down no matter where a set of coins will be delivered. We are proud that our dedication to quality and customer service has earned the business of customers all over the world and continue to find ways of improving our process everyday.

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Choosing the Perfect Custom Coin Company for Your Air Force Challenge Coins

Air Force coins celebrate camaraderie, recognize excellent service and honor the brave men and women serving our country. Each coin is a unique symbol of identity and is carried with pride. To get started on your own coin design, all you need to do is fill out one of our free quote forms, and our art team will set to work. We will have a free proof of artwork and free pricing quote ready within 24 to 48 hours.

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Our Signature Coins team takes pride in every project, and it shows in the quality of our products. We offer every customer free unlimited revisions on artwork and a 100% quality guarantee. Give us a call today, and see how we can help bring your ideas to life!

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When you are ready to proceed, use the convenient Order Form on our site to place your challenge coin order.

Common Challenge Coin Questions

A challenge coin is usually a metal coin or medallion, bearing an organization's insignia, emblem or logo and carried by the organization's members. Traditionally, challenge coins were used by the military and displayed by service men and women to prove exclusive membership when challenged, and to enhance the military units' morale.

Historically, challenge coins were awarded by military unit commanders in recognition of special achievement made by a member of the unit. They are also known to be exchanged and traded during recognition visits to different international organizations, bases and service tours. These coins have been heavily collected by active and retired service members and law enforcement personnel for years.

Modern challenge coins are made in a variety of sizes and often include popular culture references such as superheroes as well as known characters in a parody. Many companies today are using them to build morale in teams, link people with similar interests and even to promote their brand. Challenge coin designs today are pushing the boundary of what a challenge coin could mean or be used for. One thing is for sure, personalized coins further strengthen the sense of bond within people that both give and receive them.

Challenge coins are often used as a physical token or symbol to represent membership to an organization, unit, or team.

Challenge coins also serve as a lasting personal award for anyone that has received one. Since they are custom and long lasting, challenge coins serve well to commemorate the time and experience put in to overcome overwhelming obstacles or the extraordinary effort and sacrifice needed to reach a given achievement. These keepsake coins become a life long reminder of the achievements made.

Challenge coins can also be used as a token to commemorate a special event or anniversary. You can view some of our commemorative coins here.

Our bravest first responder services also have a history of using challenge coins. Whether for fire departments, emergency medical technicians or law enforcement officers, challenge coins have been used to award bravery, acts of heroism and department camaraderie.

Many companies today have been started by veterans, or are veteran owned and are beginning to use the challenge coin tradition to help represent accomplishments in their businesses. This modern approach to awarding challenge coins has garnered some criticism from the traditionalists. Signature Coins has been making challenge coins for 20 plus years, and we see more and more companies joining in on awarding custom challenge coins to customers, staff, and volunteers. They are using them to build morale in teams, link people with similar interests and even to promote their brand or charities.

Generally speaking you give someone a challenge coin when you want to honor them for a good deed or for their hard work.

Challenge coins still play a major role in the military today, much like a "Thank you Plus" or "Great Job Plus". In the armed forces not every action rates an honorable medal or certificate, for those moments when someone is deserving of more than a thank you, awarding them with a challenge coin fills the gap.

As a very simple miltary example. You're out on a 3 day field op. One of your guys or gals busts their butt during a particularly stressful couple hours of it. Shows great attitude, effort, and was overal top notch. If you tried to write it up, it wouldn't "quite" be "award worthy" but definitely deserved "recognition."

Now even if you’re not a veteran or a member of the armed forces, you can still recognize and award someone with custom challenge coins.

You can use challenge coins to reward employees after the completion of a special project or if huge accomplishments have been made company wide. The coin design can be representative of the achievement, the employee or the company goals. Studies show when employees are recognized for a job well done, they feel more satisfied with their job performance, are more likely to reach for higher goals, and are more loyal to their organizations.

Finding the right time and place to give someone a challenge coin can be, well, a bit challenging.

  • Military tradition has a few ways of approaching this honor. One being "The Secret Handshake" where commanding officers, department officials or the president himself would shake a soldiers hand and "slip" them the coin via the handshake. Transferring the coin shouldn’t be dramatic or obvious, like a quiet wink and a nod, this honor is more personal to the people giving and receieving the award and less ceremonial. Although a bit more obvious, another military tradition is to hand them out in front of a formation or during a meeting, but it's more commonly done one on one.

  • As more civilians and businesses use challenge coins, they have taken a more ceremonious and inclusive approach to awarding them. When looking to give a challenge coin to an employee or team member most businesses will do it during a team meeting. Some businesses have even integrated their employee award recognition into their annual and quarterly ceremonies. Awarding their employees in front of others can be a great way to show the rest of the team that you too can be "recognized" if the effort is there.

  • Modern marketers are also finding that custom challenge coins make for great business cards, so many high end service providers, such as lawyers, accountants and commercial developers are now giving their custom coins out as a means of promoting themselves or their business offerings.

Challenge coins typically cost $3.00 -$5.00 per coin for a full production run of 100 coins generally speaking.

More specifically though, it depends. Challenge coin pricing is dependent on a variety of factors including size, quantity, and coloration. Your organization’s insignia or logo, as well as the brand standards surrounding it, will often dictate coloration. The level of complexity, industry standards, and personal preference will dictate the size of the coin.

You can view our challenge coin pricing here.

Designing challenge coins is a lot of fun, but there’s also a ton of things to think about before getting started. Luckily, we have years of experience making custom coins, and we’re happy to help you every step of the way.

We have put together a how-to guide that will tell you everything you need to know about challenge coin design.

Challenge Coin Design 101: A How-To Guide For Creating Challenge Coins