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What is the Average Weight of Your Standard Size Custom Challenge Coins?

February 8th, 2011

Almost as often as we are asked to explain the difference in coin sizes, customers seek to know how much coins weigh. There are several reasons for this. If the challenge coin is going to be mailed as gift, its weight will affect the cost of shipping. If the custom coin is being used as flip coin, which is a popular sport, how easily the coin can be flipped is affected by its weight as well. Not to mention, heavier coins are typically perceived as being more valuable. Regardless of the reason behind it, knowing the correct coin weight has become an important part of many challenge coin orders.

Standard Size and Weight Variance

We cannot accurately explain challenge coin weight without mentioning challenge coin size, in particular standard challenge coin sizes. Our most commonly ordered coin size are 1.5, 1.75, and 2 inches. Challenge coins made larger than 2”, such as a 4.5” coin, are too large to carry around, but make remarkable show pieces or car badges.

The weight of our challenge coins are measured in ounces. The smallest circular coin, at 1.5”, weighs about 1 oz. The next size, the 1.75” coin, is approximately 1.4 oz. Finally, the 2 inch coin fluctuates between 1.5 and 1.6 oz. Now that you are familiar with the standard weight of circular challenge coins, we will explore a couple of the design options that can affect it.

The Skinny on Customization Options

Cut-out is a very popular customization option that adds character and authenticity to the challenge coin design. Just as its name suggests, certain parts of the coin are completely removed which creates open spaces within the design details. Naturally, with a portion of the coin taken out, this option gives the challenge coin a lighter weight.

However, adding thickness to a challenge coin will make it heavier. A standard size challenge coin, like the coins listed above, is usually 3mm thick. When you request to have your coins made any thicker than that, their weight increases also.

We are happy to address and thoroughly answer any questions regarding custom challenge coins. Though coin size is common question, we realize that weight also plays a big part in the purchase of challenge coins for a few reasons. Standard circular challenge coins range from 1.5 to 2 inches and from 1 to 1.6 ounces respectively. Also, remember that design options you choose can decrease or increase the coins weight.

Contact Signature Coins today to learn more about custom challenge coin sizes, weight and personalization options. Give us a call at 1-800-953-3607 or email one of our representatives at

Custom Challenge Coins for Awards and Recognition

January 19th, 2011

Rather than present a generic plaque or trophy to extraordinary individuals, why not give them something that is just as special as they are? Personalized challenge coins are an excellent choice for recognizing individual achievements and the accomplishments of an organization.

What makes customized coins perfect as awards is their ability to be designed in any way that you like. Some key elements you should pay close attention to when designing award coins are the size, plating, and presentation. Choosing the best option within each of these categories ensures creation of the best and most unique recognition coin possible.

Special Coins Require Special Attention

The size of your reward challenge coin depends on the impression you want it to make.  A 1.5” coin is standard size, large enough to include many eye-catching details but small enough to fit in your pocket.  A 2” coin is a little larger which leaves more room for artwork, text or other items you might want to add to the challenge coin design.  Custom coins that are larger than two inches, like a 4” award coin, are perfect display items in an office or study because they are too large to carry around.

The metal plating on your custom coins can be of gold or silver as well as antique gold, silver or copper.  Varying levels of accomplishment, such as those in a tiered reward system, can easily be praised using different plating. Using more than one type of plating within a single challenge coin order does not change your mold thereby eliminating any additional cost.

With your customized award coins designed to perfection, the next best thing is making sure they are presented in the right manner.  This is where our presentation options come in. Signature Coins offers a variety of presentation and packaging choices that will give recipients an undeniable sense that they are getting something special. Our velvet boxes, plastic capsules, and stands provide a method of giving and a means of protection for priceless coin collections.

If you know you have an upcoming award ceremony or simply want to praise and reward some outstanding individuals, do it in a different way.  Give them a personalized challenge coin.  Visit our Coin Pricing page at to view our full list of challenge coin design options.

Call us today at 1-800-953-3607 or fill out and submit our Free Quote request form to start our custom challenge coin order.  You can also reach us via email at

What is the Typical Size of a Custom Challenge Coin?

December 9th, 2010

The best size for your custom challenge coin depends on how you plan to use it. A standard sized coin is ideal if the purpose of the coin requires that it be easy to carry around. However, if you want a coin that is a little over-the top to display in your office or car our largest coin option is great too.

Typical and Large Challenge Coins Sizes

Signature Coins most commonly fulfills orders for 1.5”, 1.75” and 2” sizes. Custom coins created in either of these dimensions are small enough to keep in your pocket or wallet for easy access.

You should also know that we do not stop at the challenge coin sizes listed above. We will also make coins as large as 4.5”. This larger coin will make the details in your challenge coin design really stand out.

Both the typical and large sized challenge coins are perfect for sharing with others as:

  • Holiday Ornaments
  • Commemorative Tokens
  • Party Favors or Prizes
  • Keepsakes and Gifts

Extra Large Personalized Coins

We will make coins even larger if you want to create something that is really eye catching. Coins that are bigger than 4.5” are sometimes referred to as car badges. We suggest using these extra-large coins as stationary display items because their size makes them awkward to handle and carry around.

Ordering the Right Size Challenge Coin

Something else to consider when determining the size of your challenge coin is its challenge coin design. Choosing too small or large of a coin surface can easily take away from the quality of its appearance.

The Signature Coins team will work with you in deciding which challenge coin size best fits your needs. Requesting a Free Quote and telling us a little bit about what your coins will be used for is the best starting point.

Our challenge coin gallery offers several ideas if you are not sure how you want your customized coins to look. Go to to view the coins in our gallery page.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding challenge coin sizes. Call 1-800-953-3607 to connect with one of our knowledgeable representatives or send us an email at to share your ideas and suggestions.