Air Force Academy Challenge Coins

Reward Your Air Force Academy Cadets with Challenge Coins

Given to students when they graduate, Air Force Academy challenge coins are a lifelong reminder of the lessons and honor instilled into the students of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA.) At USAFA, Air Force Academy students are part of a very select group of individuals specifically nominated by either the government or their superior officers in the Air Force to become officer cadets. Officer cadets live rewarding military lives during their time at the academy, with a lifestyle instilling dedication, sacrifice, self-discipline, and time-management skills.

Sitting in the back pockets or desks of many officers in the Air Force, Air Force Academy challenge coins are a symbol of the Air Force’s core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do." With only about a 1000 graduates from the academy every year, only qualified and skilled individuals move on from the academy and earn their challenge coins at graduation. The coins are also a constant reminder of the lifelong friendships, bonds, and pride they have earned throughout their time at the academy.

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Designing Challenge Coins With Signature Coins

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, we’ve developed an ordering process that is simple and painless from start to finish. Our artists can create completely unique challenge coins for our clients based off any information they send us including fully-rendered art sketches, napkin drawings, hand-written notes, and even written descriptions. Whether you have finished artwork you’d like us to use or you have no idea where to start, our team of professional artists stands ready to design a completely unique coin based on your requirements.

Fill out our quote form with the basic details of your order’s needs, and we’ll get back to you within 24 to 48 hours with a free art proof and a preliminary quote for the whole order. At that point, we don’t move forward until you give us final approval on a design. If you’re displeased with any part of the initial art proof, we’ll revise it based on your feedback free of charge as many times as needed to make it right. Once you’re happy with a final design, finish your order by completing our online order form, and then expect to receive your order in 14 days or less via free UPS Priority Air Shipping.

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Customization Options for Air Force Academy Challenge Coins

Every order from us has literally hundreds of different unique custom combinations to make each one unique to the client. Anything from size, shape, plating, printing, and presentation can all be modified and changed according to the tastes and requirements of our clients. We’ve made coins as large as 9” and as small as a quarter. We’ve also made traditional circular coins along with challenge coins in every shape and size imaginable including ninja stars, badges, mascots, and more.

With a team including military veterans, we understand the importance of the unique emblems, symbols, and mottos of military organizations, and also offer unique printing options to incorporate and define these unique features.

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Get started today by filling our quote form and getting your free art proof. Beginning an order from us takes moments and gets you on the way towards building a completely unique item to share with all the members of a squadron or unit. At Signature Coins, we honor all of our military clients and do our utmost to carry on one of our nation’s oldest traditions. With fast service, fine detail, and consistent quality, you can rely on us to cover your needs.

A summary of our quality services include:

  • Free Artwork & Design within 24 to 48 hours
  • Free Unlimited Revisions on All Designs
  • Free Mold & Setup for Orders Over 300
  • Free Delivery in 14 days or Less Within the U.S
  • We Back the Quality of All Orders 100% guaranteed
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Ready To Get Started?

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