How Long Does It Take to Make a Challenge Coin

From start to finish, making a challenge coin usually takes 10 days.
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

deburring

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

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

  packaging

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 coins take longer than 10 days, while others can be completed and delivered within just three days. 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. 

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