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The Benefit of Ordering a Pre-Production Sample of Your Custom Challenge Coin

April 12th, 2011

In most situations, once we have received a customer’s approval on the digital proof of a challenge coin design, we start production and fulfill the coin order immediately.  However, there are times when a customer would like get a hands on look and feel for the challenge coin before we manufacture the entire quantity.  In cases like these the customer receives at what we call a pre-production sample.

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words, but a Sample…

A pre-production sample is a physical custom challenge coin with the customer’s exact design. Having a physical sample not only helps customers know exactly how their coins will look and feel, but will also reveal aspects the customer might consider changing, but would not have otherwise noticed.

For example, a customer needs 500 customized challenge coins as keepsakes for an event and thinks that 2” is the good size.  As a safeguard, the customer requests a pre-production sample.  Upon receipt of the sample, the customer decides that 2” is too large of a coin and changes the coin size on the order.

Signature Coins charges a nominal fee for our pre-production samples.  The prices vary depending on the size of the coin. Some customers have 3D molds, etc., that would add to the pre-production sample’s cost. Our standard challenge coin pre-production sample costs are as follows:

  • A 1.5 inch pre-production sample is $186.00
  • A 1.75 inch pre-production sample is $200.00
  • A 2 inch pre-production sample is $236.00

You Can’t Put a Price on Satisfaction

The cost of the sample is non-refundable, but allows the customer to see the actual coin prior to going into to full production. The customer in the example above ends up saving himself a great amount of disappointment and money, even though pre-production sample come with a cost. Not to mention, you can’t put a price on satisfaction!

Signature Coins is committed to delivering high quality, fully customized and unique challenge coins for any and every occasion. Offering pre-production samples is just another way in which we ensure our customers are 100% satisfied.

For more information, to share your ideas and suggestions or place a custom challenge coin order, contact our office at 1-800-953-3607 or by emailing

How to Get Your Quality Custom Challenge Coins Faster

April 5th, 2011

It is not uncommon for customers to request that we complete a challenge coin order faster than our guaranteed delivery time of 14 days or less.  Signature Coins has no problem fulfilling requests like this because it is possible, on an occasion, to have coins manufactured in less time.

Quality Coins in Less Time

If your main goal is to have great looking high quality custom product on hand to distribute at meetings, ceremonies, or other functions, we have one industry trick that may help speed up your production time. Keep in mind, however, that certain sacrifices will have to be made in order to get your challenge coins that much faster.

To help speed up and simplify the production process, we often suggest eliminating the use of colors in your challenge coin design. What this means is your challenge coin will have a finish that consists entirely of the metal plating you choose.

All Metal Coins Are Quite Popular

Though this may seem to be a conservative and somewhat uninteresting design idea for your keepsake challenge coin, we can assure you that it is not. As a matter of fact, they have become very popular because of the following reasons:

  • Choosing no colors reduces production time
  • Coins without color fills cost less
  • The option of taking full advantage of antique plating
  • Coins are given a classic and traditional look
  • Due to the reduced production time, you may receive coins faster

Removing the color fills option from your challenge coin actually creates opportunities to use some of our other design options, like antique plating.

Our antique finishes are available in gold, silver and copper. These very classy and attention getting design choices are a great replacement to coloring your challenge coin. With the antiquing option, the overall background is stressed to make the coin appear older while the text and graphics stand out giving the coin a deeper appearance

Now that you know creating an all metal challenge coin is not an unreasonable compromise we hope you consider them the next time you need to put a rush on your customized coins.

Contact one of our knowledgeable representatives at to find out more ways to save time and money on your custom coin order. Or, call us at 1-800-953-3607 the next time you need challenge coins and need them fast.