Entertainment Challenge Coins

Everyone has a preferred source of escapism. Some people like to disappear between the pages of a book, while others prefer to curl up on the couch and watch a movie, or put on a pair of headphones and jam to a good song. It’s easy to enjoy these simple pleasures, but creating them is a different story altogether. A lot of work goes into performing, storytelling and creating different forms of entertainment, which is why the

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we help design honor the incredible people and amazing achievements of the creative teams that give us so much to enjoy.

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Entertainment Challenge Coins

Custom Entertainment Coins

Lights. Camera. Action. Entertainment challenge coins are not only created for the people working in the entertainment industry. They’re also for fundraising your new project or spreading the news about your new album.

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Music Challenge Coins, Movie Challenge Coins and Everything Else in Between — We’ve Got You Covered

A lot of people wonder who entertainment challenge coins are for, and the answer is that they can be for anyone, not just members of the entertainment industry. Custom film coins are given to fans as well as the cast and crew members who help a director bring their vision to life on the big screen. We’ve worked with writers, game developers, filmmakers and producers from every corner of the entertainment world, and the coins themselves are used in all sorts of different ways.

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Whether you’re planning to use your custom coins to promote interest in an upcoming project, to show gratitude to your creative team or just to show your support, all we need to know here at Signature Coins is what kind of entertainment coins you need before we get started.

Different Types of Entertainment Challenge Coins

Entertainment challenge coins come in many forms, but the most popular and recognizable coins come from the video game, music and movie industries. Some are made to promote special events or releases, to hand out to fans, to raise funds or kickstart a project or sometimes just to show support.

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The gaming industry is rife with material to pick and choose from when designing video game challenge coins. Game developers sometimes include a special coin with their high profile game titles upon release, but the only way to get one is to purchase a copy of the game through a military exchange. These types of video game challenge coins are offered to our nation’s soldiers as a special symbol of gratitude for their service in a similar way to a traditional military challenge coin.

Video game coins are also made for expos like E3 and offered to fans walking the convention floor, checking out the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

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You can’t talk about entertainment without talking about music. There is nothing better than finding a good tune and jamming through a long drive or workout session. Most people think of apparel like t-shirts or hats when they think of music industry merchandise, but concert venues, record stores and production companies benefit from challenge coins as well.

The potential for design is only limited by your imagination, so try to think outside the box. Maybe your next set of music challenge coins will be designed to look like an LP, a shining CD or even a cassette tape. We can also make custom shaped coins in the form of instruments, concert halls or anything else you can think of!

It takes a different kind of army to create a movie, and custom film coins are awarded to cast and crew members as a sign of respect and achievement. Movie challenge coins come in every flavor from large to small and round to custom shaped. Just like a military unit coin, a custom movie challenge coin is meant to symbolize what can be achieved through teamwork, dedication and commitment to excellence.

But not all movie coins are created for people working in the film industry. Some production companies have special challenge coins minted while promoting the film, and small indie filmmakers will often times use custom coins to help raise money in Kickstarter campaigns and fundraisers.

The entertainment industry is so powerful it infiltrates every aspect of our culture. Even summer camps, clubs and hobbies are formed around it. Music, movies, books and even more classic artforms are remembered and enjoyed because of the stories they tell and the feelings they inspire. Entertainment challenge coins, no matter their size, shape or color, are special for the same reasons: Because the artwork helps tell a story, inspire memories and make you feel connected to something special.

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Getting Creative with Signature Coins

You don’t have to be the Steven Spielberg or Ludwig van Beethoven of your industry to create something beautiful and original with Signature Coins. We’ve been perfecting our craft over the years, and have come up with an easy and engaging process that will help you craft the perfect design.

All we need to get started is a completed quote form. You can fill one out anywhere on our website. Make sure to include any reference artwork you may have and a description of your ideas for artwork. Whether you need video game coins, movie coins or some other form of entertainment challenge coin, it helps our artists to have as many details as possible before setting to work.

If you’re ready to create a coin, give us a call! Our team will have your free artwork ready in less than 48 hours. As any artist knows, it’s almost impossible to get everything right on the first try. That’s why we offer unlimited free revisions. We encourage every customer to fine-tune their design and make as many edits as necessary until the coin looks perfect.

See What Makes Signature Coins the Best Custom Coin Maker

Some people say that there are no new ideas in the entertainment industry, and yet there are still new top 40 hits, summer blockbusters, and Triple-A video games that blow us all away each year. Similarly, it’s easy to say that everything has already been done in the world of challenge coins, but our customers continue to surprise us with unique and interesting ideas for custom artwork and coin construction.

We’re always on the lookout for the next great idea. If you have your own entertainment challenge coin ideas rattling away inside your head, call us today! Feel free to try out our challenge coin design template to sketch out your ideas as well. We take pride in our reputation as the best custom coin maker online and work hard to give our customers the easiest and friendliest experience possible.

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