Law Enforcement Challenge Coins

The crossover in members between military and law enforcement units has brought with it a crossover in traditions and practices. Originally a tradition exclusive to the armed forces, the creation and awarding of challenge coins has grown popular with both domestic and international law enforcement departments.

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Law Enforcement Challenge Coins

Law Enforcement Challenge Coins

A frequent theme for a law enforcement challenge coin is one designed and awarded by a high ranking officer to subordinates for exceptional service and/or performance. Task force challenge coins or unit challenge coins are other popular reasons for making a law enforcement challenge coin. Coins that commemorate a particularly large bust or the success of a specific operation are also popular.

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Rewarding Those Who Keep the Peace

In the interest of a safe and civil society, laws must be created. But it’s not enough for the laws to exist, they also have to be enforced in order to have any kind of effect. The responsibility of enforcing the laws of the land fall to a number of different agencies, departments and organizations around the world. It’s not just the patrol officers working to keep their communities safe. Law enforcement responsibilities extend to state police protecting highways, school safety officers defending our children in school, Military Police serving their country and upholding the laws of their branch of service, FBI agents and even private security staff.

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If there’s one thing that all of the men and women who choose any level of law enforcement as a career have in common, it’s their innate bravery and unique sense of duty. Whether they’re secret service agents or members of the DEA, these men and women put their lives on the line in an effort to keep others safe. Their sacrifice and dedication deserves to be honored and rewarded with custom challenge coins.

We’ve been fortunate to partner with multiple customers in different law enforcement agencies around the world in the creation of the custom coins used to honor the members of their team. Years of experience have left us more than prepared to create something special your law enforcement officers and agents will cherish.

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Challenge Coins for Different Levels of Domestic Law Enforcement

Police challenge coins are the first things people think of when they hear about law enforcement challenge coins. This is reasonable considering that for most people, the primary experience they have with law enforcement will be with the police officers assigned to keep the peace in their immediate communities. But while organizations like the NYPD and LAPD create some truly impressive challenge coins, the municipal police are really just the tip of the law enforcement iceberg.

As elected officials, Sheriffs occupy an interesting space in the law enforcement landscape. They’re charged with upholding the laws and maintaining order within their jurisdiction, but they’re also beholden to the people who put them in office in the first place. A Sheriff’s office is often staffed by a small number of officers in comparison to other police departments. However, these offices often work closely with their local police departments and with offices from other jurisdictions, leading to challenge coins that celebrate successful joint assignments.

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Even when they’re looking to celebrate their solo ventures, Sheriff’s offices have the ability to create some unique and impressive challenge coins. The Riverside County Sheriff’s office made use if a great 3D mold in the shape of a diving suit in honor of their Black Water Divers team. The dive team is comprised of both sworn officers and civilian volunteers. This highlights one of the fun aspects of law enforcement challenge coins: They’re just as likely to be created for the public as they are the brave people sworn to protect that public.

If one coin isn’t enough to showcase just how impressed with your law enforcement team you are, consider ordering a series like the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office did. These four coins all use the same front face mold, but two of them use a different back face, and each set is divided between either high polish or antique copper plating. It’s a great way to showcase just how different coins can be with something as simple as different plating options.

Sheriff’s offices aren’t the only organizations outside of municipal police departments to make use of law enforcement challenge coins. Over the years, we’ve been fortunate enough to partner with agents in the DEA, ATF, FBI and even U.S. Marshals Service in the creation of their challenge coins. One fun law enforcement design we were excited to get the chance to work on was a coin for the United States Secret Service.

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The back of this coin with its surfboards sticking out of the back of a trolley and palm trees swaying in the breeze almost suggests that the Secret Service agents of the San Diego field office spend more time catching waves than protecting the leader of the free world. Of course the truth is that the coins were created in celebration of the excellent job these agents do in their duties. The “Stay Classy” at the bottom is a fun nod to the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Ordering Law Enforcement Challenge Coins

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Since the year 2000, Signature Coins has created custom coins for all kinds of law enforcement agencies. We’ve created coins for all occasions and seen just about every design you can imagine. If you’re ready to show your appreciation to the agents and officers who help to keep the world, and your community, as safe as possible, contact us today.

Each request sent in to us is sure to receive their first free artwork proof in under 48 hours, and after that, every revision is completely free. You don’t pay for a thing until you’re certain the coin you’re looking at is the one you want created and delivered.

The men and women on your team work tirelessly to accomplish goals others aren’t capable of. Reward their hard work with exceptional quality and the best coins on the market.

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
2.75" $112.50 $225.00 -
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