Police Challenge Coins

The city of Boston created the first American police force in 1838. Since then, brave men and women across the country have taken up the call of protecting their communities and fellow citizens. As police forces spread across the country, so too have custom police challenge coins. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find an officer who doesn’t have a

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Police Challenge Coins

Police Challenge Coins

Over the years, we’ve worked with departments across the nation. From the largest organization, the NYPD, all the way down to even small sheriff’s offices. We’ve seen just about every police coin design imaginable, and yet somehow, our law enforcement customers continue to surprise us.

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Ordering Police Coins for your department

Across the country, and many other countries as well, police officers are the people on the front lines of keeping the peace and ensuring the safety of millions. A lot of people only sleep soundly in their beds at night because they know there’s a well-trained group of men and women on call 24/7 to intercede should something happen. Honoring the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of these brave individuals is not only necessary, it’s the least we can do for all that they do for us.

The challenge coins police officers carry are often presented for excellence in the line of duty just like military challenge coins. This particular similarity comes from the fact that challenge coins enter the law enforcement industry because retired and discharged soldiers often head into law enforcement when their term of service is over, and they bring a lot of the traditions of the military with them into their new professions.

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However, the uses for law enforcement challenge coins don’t stop at honoring individual officers for a job well done. Custom police coins are a great symbol of belonging, and therefore are often given to all of the members of special teams and task forces. But one of the primary places that police and military coins differ is in the fact that police department coins are just as likely to be created for members of the community as they are for the officers themselves.

For soldiers in the military, the hard work they do often takes place far from civilian eyes. Even though they fight for their nation and to protect their fellow citizens, those citizens very rarely have any idea about the specifics of their duty and their sacrifice.

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Police Coins for the Community as Well as Officers

For soldiers in the military, the hard work they do often takes place far from civilian eyes. Even though they fight for their nation and to protect their fellow citizens, those citizens very rarely have any idea about the specifics of their duty and their sacrifice.

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Police officers work shoulder to shoulder with the people they protect and serve. Patrol officers often work the same beat for years at a time. When you spend that kind of time within one community, creating ties with the people within the community is inevitable. Given these tight-knit relationships, you’re far more likely to find coins intended to be handed out to citizens.

Often, police challenge coins going out to community members are designed in recognition of helping officers to best accomplish their tasks, or they can be dedicated to informing the public of a certain service the department offers. Another common goal of police department challenge coins is fundraising. Whether it’s for raising funds for the department itself, or in honor of a worthy cause, the power of challenge coins for this purpose is undeniable.

Celebrate the Truest Partnership with Police K9 Challenge Coins

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Man’s best friend plays an important role for soldiers and police officers alike, and the men and women lucky enough to work closely with police dogs will all tell you that it’s the best partnership they’ve ever had. Unlike riding with a human partner, an officer’s K9 companion never complains about their lunch choices, is unwavering in their loyalty, and will always listen attentively when they complain about the rigors of the job.

Given their importance, every officer’s furry friend deserves a police coin of their own. However, seeing as how the importance of the coin is likely to be lost on a police pup, it’s better to create coins for the K9 unit officers on your team to honor their hard work. The pups will be happier with treats and belly rubs.

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Ordering Police Challenge Coins

The challenge coins police carry often feature custom designs created by a team of officers for the brave men and women in their own unit, or are sometimes created by a commanding officer. However, no matter how detailed the final coins are, designing them is as easy as possible when you partner with the best free online coin designer.

Our team of artists are well trained and perfectly suited to bring any coin idea to life. And with the help of our custom challenge coin design template, selecting the upgrade options you’d like to see and organizing all of your design ideas in one place is a snap. Print out the template and hand it to the officer with the most artistic ability, and watch as their sketch is transformed into an amazing challenge coin.

Of course, the template isn’t required to place an order. We’ve created challenge coins based on little more than notes jotted down from a phone conversation. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a more artistically minded person on your team, then the template is a great resource for organizing your thoughts and seeing most of our available upgrade options in one place. Give us a call or shoot us an email today to get started.

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Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest jobs available. Their bravery and selflessness deserve to be rewarded as often as possible. Custom police coins are the quickest and easiest way to say thank you to the men and women working tirelessly to keep their community as safe as possible.

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All orders placed with Signature Coins benefit from free artwork and an unlimited amount of free revisions, an industry-leading turnaround time of 14 days or fewer, and all of our challenge coins are created using only the highest quality materials. To get your very own order of custom police coins started, get in touch with us today, and we’ll be sure to get your first free proof of artwork to you in under 48 hours.

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
2.75" $112.50 $225.00 -
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