How Long Does It Take to Make a Challenge Coin

The challenge coin manufacturing process is dependent on your design and current order volume. Most orders take between 2 and 5 weeks.

Design and current production load dictate how long a coin takes to make. While most coins could be made in 10 days, if they move right from one step to the next, there is often a pause between processes due to order volume.

The first order of business is creating a custom mold for the design. After that, all of the coins need to be stamped, plated, deburred, individually colorfilled and put through quality control before shipping out.

Here is how the whole process looks like:

First 12 hours

Cad and mold

Artwork goes through quality control where one of our production managers ensures that the coins can be produced accurately and consistently. Once this is finished, we start making the custom mold. 

Day 1

How Long Does It Take to Make a Challenge Coin - Day 1

For most orders, molds are ready within the first 24 hours and all of the coins are stamped and ready to move to the deburring stage of production.

Day 2


By the end of the second day, all of the coins will have gone through the deburring process, which involves smoothing out any rough edges, ridges or imperfections from each coin. Once this is complete, coins move onto the plating stage of production.

Days 3 - 5


Plating can take anywhere from one to two days. The process involves running an electrical current through a solution containing a customer’s chosen plating option and then adding the bare metal coins. The time this takes can be dependant on the number of coins and the complexity of the plating chosen (dual plated coins take longer).

Days 5 - 8

Soft Enamel

The colorfilling process is the last major part of coin construction. For designs made up of individual colorfill areas, those areas need to be painted one by one.

Days 8 - 10


The last two days of production are spent adding any finishing touches to the coins, polishing the entire set of coins and going through one last quality control check. Once everything is checked and packaged, the coins are mailed out via UPS next day air.

Days 10 and Up

How Long Does It Take to Make a Challenge Coin - Spinner - bottle opener - custom edge - 3D coin - translucent

Some orders can be completed and delivered within just three days and others take 4-6 weeks. The most important thing is to communicate your expectations and needs to the sales team!

Things that can extend the length of production are options like 3D designs, dual plating and colorfilling. 3D coin molds take longer to machine than 2D molds, and dual plating can take twice as long as the single plating process. Coins with a large number of individual colorfill areas will take more time as well since each colorfill area is completed individually.

Things that help shorten production time are choosing 2D and bare metal designs that do not require special plating or painting. These types of coins can be finished and shipped out within one or two days. 

Challenge Coin Customer Reviews

Extremely Impressive / best Customer Service!!!


I have rarely worked with a company that was so willing and able to go above and beyond to provide a product - they worked with me through changes and last minute requests - and did it all with a willing, can do, happy attitude. Once of the best companies I have ever done business with. Additionally, EXCELLENT product. The coin was exactly as ordered, quality product, impressive!!

Linda P.

Date of experience: February 28, 2023

Great Job Signature Coins!!!


I can't thank you all enough for doing such a great job on our challenge coins! They are perfect! The delivery was here on time…I know I will be ordering many more from Signature Coins! I can't thank you enough for the outstanding job and in such a hurry! You guys are amazing!!! 😊 Lori

Lori C.

Date of experience: January 23, 2023