Military Academy Challenge Coins
Challenge coins for military schools and academies
Receiving a salute and accepting a challenge coin from their instructor is a defining moment in any student’s life as they graduate from service academy. At Signature Coins, we take great pride in designing and supplying custom-made challenge coins for our nation’s graduating students as they prepare to take the next step towards a long and illustrious career in the military.
Over our 15 years of experience crafting custom military challenge coins, we’ve been honored to work with every branch of the military to design high-quality military challenge coins in every shape, color, and size. Our team includes military veterans who understand how important these coins are as mementos of service and keepsakes of personal history. The streamlined production process we use can design your order, and then have it sent to your location anywhere in the world usually in 14 days or less, with free priority air shipping.
What Are Military Academy Challenge Coins?
Challenge coins are given in recognition of a graduate’s efforts and serve as a symbol of solidarity for members of a unit or graduating class. During the course of their career, a military officer may gain dozens of coins telling the story of their service with specific units, operations, or simply as a token of regard from a higher official. These coins are also a key part of one of our military’s oldest traditions. The “coin check,” a long-running tradition among our nation’s military forces to “challenge” fellow coin recipients to have a challenge coin ready at any time. Failing to meet the challenge by presenting a coin when challenged means the first round of drinks is on the coinless service member.
Whether it’s for a newly graduated student who is receiving the first coin of their career or a career veteran who is adding yet another chapter of history to their service, we strive toward excellence in providing a quality product that will last for years.
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Federal Service Academies in the United States
Graduating students from a military academy receive two things from their instructors as they graduate; A salute and a unique challenge coin designed for their unit or class. Whether a student is preparing to serve in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Air Force, instructors recognize their success and immortalize their achievement with a challenge coin custom-made with the unique symbols of their unit. Depending on where they are on their career, this coin could be the first official recognition of their service or the latest chapter in their long career toward an officer position.
Each of the following service academies may award their students with a unique challenge coin upon graduation:
- United States Military Academy “West Point”
- United States Naval Academy “Annapolis”
- United States Coast Guard Academy “USCGA”
- United States Merchant Marine Academy “USMMA”
- United States Air Force Academy “Air Force Academy”
- National Defense University
- Army War College
- Naval War College
- Air Force Institute of Technology
- Air University
- Defense Acquisition University
- Defense Language Institute
- Naval Postgraduate School
- Defense Information School
Each order for our clients is custom-made to their specifications. We accommodate all special requests for the design and do everything to make the process of ordering, designing, and creating custom challenge coins simple, easy, and fast. Each order comes with a satisfaction guarantee and is completed in three easy steps.
Step One: Get Your Free Preliminary Estimate and Quote
Our free quote form makes it easy for you to provide us with all the necessary details and options for your coins. We also work to integrate any ideas, artwork, logos, and text into the final design. Our staff of graphic artists works one-on-one to create designs based on any information provided.
Step Two: Proofing and Ordering Your Challenge Coin
Once all of the information is submitted, we immediately work on developing a free digital color proof of your written description or sketch and send a finalized price quote for your project back to you usually within 24 to 48 hours.
Step Three: Receiving Your Finished Coins
We immediately start production after completing your order and have it delivered usually within 14 business days via FREE UPS Air shipping.
Options for Designing Custom Challenge Coins
We are devoted to providing consistent high-quality challenge coins to all of our military customers. Our representatives work with every client to make unique coins specific to each order including any special emblems, slogans, or symbols specific to the client’s order. Our coins are sized anywhere between 1” to 3” and customers have a variety of both free and premium customization options including:
- Color - Choose to leave the coin in its natural metallic color or have it painted with up to seven colors on either side chosen from the full Pantone color spectrum.
- Coin Edge - There are six different options to decorate the edge every coin, providing a unique look and feel to each order.
- Plating - Plate your coin in antique gold, silver, or copper. Double plate a coin to create and highlight key details.
- 3D Coins - Allow specific details or elements of a design to literally pop or stand out of a coin’s surface by ordering a 3D coin.
- Offset Print - Offset printing creates an exact replica of an image or photograph on the surface of your coin.
- Silk Screen - Create 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.
For over 15 years Signature Coins has been proud to provide quality products to the following branches of the military:
Whether you’re hoping to create a new design from scratch or breathe new life to an older look, we urge you to take advantage of our high-quality products and quick turnaround times. Featuring fine detailing, state of the art customer service tools, and representatives, we eagerly wait to craft your challenge coins.
- Our services include:
- Free Artwork & Design
- Free Unlimited Revisions
- Free Mold & Setup
- Quality & workmanship 100% guaranteed
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