Commemorative Coins

Custom coins are always made in honor of something special. They started out in the military as a unique tool for recognizing the commitment, courage and sacrifice of soldiers in combat, but nowadays, they’re common in law enforcement, businesses, and even local clubs and charities. While there are all kinds of different ways to use custom coins, many of our customers order them to celebrate different types of life milestones. The

commemorative coins

custom made for graduation ceremonies, retirements and weddings only scratch the surface of what’s possible when handcrafting challenge coins for special occasions.

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Commemorative Challenge Coins

Custom Commemorative Coins

Before we can get started on a commemorative coin design for your wedding, your child’s graduation, or any other important milestone achievement, we need to hear your ideas. Get started on a free quote form and see how easy it can be to go from a sketch to your own finished coin design!

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Making All Life’s Best Moments Count with Commemorative Coins

Why honor life’s important moments? Well, we all want to remember the important events in our lives, and when it comes to the people we care about, most of us want to offer them something that reflects their achievements and gives them a sense of pride. Handcrafting a set of special occasion challenge coins is a great way to capture a person’s story and share their success with the world.

We have everything you need to make a memorable and meaningful coin design for any type of gathering. It could be something as lighthearted as a sport challenge coin celebrating the end of a great season, or as important as a wedding challenge coin celebrating a special union. The only question that remains is, what kind of commemorative coins do you need?

Special Occasions Challenge Coins Are More Than the Average Party Favor

Special occasion coins are crafted for all kinds of different people who are celebrating all kinds of different things. Business leaders sometimes award unique employee recognition coins to staff members being promoted to a new position, or offer a company coin to new hires during orientation events, but the corporate world isn’t the only place that has important events worth recognizing with a special occasion coin.

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Wedding challenge coins are perfect for celebrating the bride and groom. At ceremonies involving military personnel or law enforcement, challenge coins are especially suited as a gift to remember the celebration. We’ve created custom wedding coins specifically for the bridal party as well as coins offered to all the family and friends at a wedding. Whether they’re given to the bride and groom or the guests, wedding coins are always a beautiful symbol of love and appreciation.

Another place you find special occasion coins is at graduation ceremonies. One of the most famous graduation challenge coins is the Airman’s Coin awarded to U.S. Air Force recruits when they complete basic training, but graduation coins are found all over. High schools and colleges offer their senior students custom commemorative coins featuring school colors, mascots and school crests.

Whether you need graduation coins for newly sworn officers leaving the police academy, cadets entering the armed forces, or students at your school, our Signature Coins team has everything you need to make something incredible for the occasion.

There are two sides to every coin, and on the flip side of graduation is retirement. While a graduation coin is a symbol of all that is yet to come, a retirement challenge coin is a testament to a colorful career, showing gratitude for all that a person has achieved. We’ve designed special occasions challenge coins for all kinds of different retirement ceremonies both in the military and the corporate sector.

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While we always want to remember our successes and the things we earn through dedication and commitment, it’s also important never to forget what we’ve lost. Funerals and memorials are gatherings that no one looks forward to, but that doesn't mean they aren’t special. We’ve been honored to help people all over the world craft custom remembrance coins that celebrate life, love and happiness. Our hope is that they help a person live on through memory long after they are gone.

How To Get Started on Anything From Last Minute Graduation Challenge Coins to Wedding Coins

We understand that some of the special events where challenge coins are used can sneak up last minute, so our Signature Coins team is dedicated to meeting any kind of deadline imaginable. Our best time so far was a three-day turnaround, and while we can’t match that speed on every order, our typical production time of 14 days or fewer is still faster than the rush service provided by most other custom coin makers.

We include overnight shipping on every order and provide free artwork and free unlimited revisions to every customer. If you’re ready to create your own challenge coin, all we need are a few ideas to get started. Just fill out a free quote form anywhere on our website, and give us a description of the coin design you need. If you have any artwork prepared, feel free to include that as well, but we can create artwork from nothing more than a few sentences describing your design ideas.

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Honoring the important achievements in a person’s life is not something to be taken lightly. The special occasions challenge coins we help design are held to the highest standards of craftsmanship in the entire industry so that their fine quality reflects the importance of the event and the people they were created for.

Graduation challenge coins and wedding challenge coins are created in honor of the adventures yet to come, while something like a retirement challenge coin shows gratitude for what has already been achieved. No matter what you need a set of special occasion coins for, our Signature Coins team is here to help bring your vision to life. Give us a call today, and see what makes us the best challenge coin maker online.

Custom Challenge Coin Pricing

Color on Both Sides
(Up to 7 Colors per Side)

Size 50 100 300 500 1,000 2,000
1.5" $5.58 $3.39 $3.00 $2.93 $2.85 $2.80
1.75" $6.32 $3.85 $3.46 $3.42 $3.37 $3.32
2" $7.05 $4.29 $3.97 $3.92 $3.87 $3.82
2.25" $7.67 $4.85 $4.51 $4.45 $4.38 $4.33
2.5" $8.61 $5.75 $5.41 $5.29 $5.28 $5.23
2.75" $9.51 $6.32 $6.00 $5.77 $5.62 $5.57
3" $10.56 $6.88 $6.59 $6.22 $5.98 $5.93

Color on One Side
(Up to 7 Colors)

Size 50 100 300 500 1,000 2,000
1.5" $5.27 $3.19 $2.75 $2.70 $2.65 $2.60
1.75" $5.85 $3.51 $3.15 $3.09 $3.03 $2.98
2" $6.42 $3.95 $3.56 $3.49 $3.42 $3.37
2.25" $7.24 $4.65 $4.23 $4.20 $4.15 $4.10
2.5" $8.26 $5.68 $5.23 $4.73 $4.40 $4.35
2.75" $8.99 $6.13 $5.80 $5.43 $5.17 $5.12
3" $9.97 $6.48 $6.37 $6.11 $5.93 $5.87

No Color!
(Metal Only)

Size 50 100 300 500 1,000 2,000
1.5" $4.87 $2.99 $2.53 $2.47 $2.42 $2.37
1.75" $5.37 $3.25 $2.82 $2.75 $2.72 $2.67
2" $5.82 $3.55 $3.09 $3.00 $2.96 $2.91
2.25" $6.89 $4.40 $3.71 $3.51 $3.45 $3.40
2.5" $7.29 $4.98 $3.98 $3.94 $3.78 $3.73
2.75" $8.31 $5.68 $5.12 $4.90 $4.68 $4.63
3" $9.21 $6.39 $6.27 $5.88 $5.55 $5.50

Mold Setup Fees

Molds are FREE on all orders over 300 pieces

(on coins up to 2.5")

Size 1 Side 2 Sides Order 300+ Coins
1.5" $50.00 $100.00 FREE
1.75" $62.50 $125.00 FREE
2" $75.00 $150.00 FREE
2.25" $87.50 $175.00 FREE
2.5" $100.00 $200.00 FREE
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3" $125.00 $250.00 -
Size 1 Side 2 Sides Order 300+ Coins
1.5" $50.00 $100.00 FREE
1.75" $62.50 $125.00 FREE
2" $75.00 $150.00 FREE
2.25" $87.50 $175.00 FREE
2.5" $100.00 $200.00 FREE
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3" $125.00 $250.00 -

Custom Challenge Coin Edge Options

Choose the Edge Style that fits your needs

Standard Flat Edge

Standard Flat Edge

Rope Edge

Rope Edge

Spur Edge

Spur Edge

Flat Weave Bevel Edge

Flat Weave Bevel Edge

Oblique Edge

Oblique Edge

Cross Cut Edge

Cross Cut Edge

Challenge Coin Plating Options

Antique Gold

Antique Gold

Antique Silver

Antique Silver

Antique Copper

Antique Copper

High Polish Gold

High Polish Gold

High Polish Silver

High Polish Silver

Dual-Plating

Dual-Plating

Additional Challenge Coin Options

Select from a wide array of custom coin options

Spinner Challenge Coins

Interactive coins where part of the coin is designed to spin or rotate freely.

Cutouts

Challenge Coin Cut Outs

Not only can the outer shape of the coin be customized, but the interior areas can be “cut out” as well

3D Challenge Coins

3D coins have an unlimited number of sculpted levels. We can round edges and create smooth gradations.

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Sequential Numbering

The perfect option for anyone looking for trackable coins or just a fun way to make every coin a little more special.

Glow in the Dark

Choosing from our selection of glow enamels ensures your design will continue to shine even when the lights go out.

Edge-engraving

Edge Engraving

Not only can you design the front and back of your coins, but the true edge can be engraved with messages as well.

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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