Custom Army Boot Camp Challenge Coins


Every member of the United States Army is forged through a rigorous training camp referred to as Basic Training, or more popularly, boot camp. Surviving boot camp means navigating an intense environment involving both physical and psychological pressure that reforges a normal civilian into a professional soldier. Boot camp’s goal is to build their participants into stronger and more capable individuals. Some fail to complete their training, but those who graduate and “march out” with their heads held high emerge with an experience lasting a lifetime. Graduating from boot camp is a grand ceremony with the friends and families of new soldiers attending to watch them march out to be saluted by their instructors and superior officers.

New soldiers are presented with likely their first challenge coin during graduation. These coins are given in recognition of their completion of boot camp and symbolize their success in overcoming the intense mental and physical requirements of the U.S. Army. At Signature Coins, we have spent over 15 years honing and training our craft to develop the highest quality Army challenge coins for our nation’s military graduates. We treat each coin with absolute respect and reverence because we understand just how important each coin will be to their intended recipient.

What are Boot Camp Challenge Coins?

Giving a challenge coin to a newly trained soldier follows one of the oldest military traditions in our nation’s armed forces. These medallions are given out to soldiers who demonstrate outstanding service or in commemoration of a major milestone in their military career, such as upon successful completion of boot camp. Throughout their service in the military, service members are liable to be “challenged” by their comrades to prove their allegiance by producing their coin or be penalized for a round of drinks. Officers in the military may display coins they’ve received throughout their career along with other mementos of their service including uniform patches, ribbons, and medals.

Over the course of their military career, a servicemember in the U.S. Army may receive many challenge coins as they serve with distinction and become recognized for their deeds. However, the challenge coin a soldier receives upon completing basic training will always hold the unique distinction of being the first coin of their career as an official soldier.

The following U.S. Army Camps are known to maintain the challenge coin tradition:

  • Fort Benning, located in Columbus, Georgia
  • Fort Jackson, located in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Fort Leonard Wood, located in Waynesville, Missouri
  • Fort Sill, located in Lawton, Oklahoma
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Develop a Boot Camp Challenge Coin With Our Easy Three-Step Process


Most of our military clients want their challenge coins ready as soon as possible, and we work to accommodate a tight deadline with an easy three-step process taking your order from concept to coin. 

  1. After filling out our quote form, we design a free digital art proof of your design based on your information and send it back to you within 24-48 hours along with a preliminary estimate.
  2. Review our design and send it back to us with feedback and we will revise it for free as many times as needed for you to be completely satisfied.
  3. After approving of our final design, we will begin production immediately and send it to you with free UPS air shipping anywhere in the United States.
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Custom Coin Options for Every Boot Camp


At Signature Coins, we work with each of our military clients to create individualized products for each order. Our team of professionals works with each client to take a concept and incorporate any unique symbols, emblems, or slogans into the final design. 

Our design process includes unique customization options for just about every aspect of a coin including:

  • Shape and Size - Our coins can range anywhere from 1” to 3” in size. We recommend getting a coin at least 1.75” in size for the best balance between detail and cost.
  • Color - Either leave the coin in its natural metallic or have it painted with up to seven colors on either side from the full Pantone color spectrum.
  • Coin Edge - There are six different options to decorate the edge of every coin, providing a unique look and feel to each order.
  • Plating - Have your coin plated in antique gold, silver, or copper to highlight details or choose to double plate a coin in two different metals to create and highlight key details.
  • 3D Coins - Have details or elements of a design such as an emblem, slogan, or illustration literally pop or standoff a coin’s surface by ordering a 3D coin.
  • Offset Printing - Offset printing creates an exact replica of an image or photograph on the surface of your coin.
  • Silk Screen - Let your coin maintain a perfectly smooth coin surface by silk screening your design’s colors onto the coin.
  • Epoxy Dome - Create a glassy and smooth finish over one or both sides of a coin with an epoxy dome.