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Creative Ways to Use Custom Holiday Challenge Coins to Add Fun and Games to Your Next Seasonal Event

April 27th, 2011

Using custom challenge coins for special events and celebrations has become a common practice among many. Some of the reasons for their increased demand are flexibility of design, small size and affordability.  With the past weekend marking yet another Easter holiday, we had the chance to see and learn about some of the many different ways in which individuals and organizations use their customized coins to add creativity, fun and excitement to their annual holiday activities.

Making Coins a Part of Your Egg-stravaganza

Easter is one of the most popular, vibrant and fun filled holidays of the year.  A traditional activity is the Easter egg hunt.  Children, and many adults, look forward seeking out the collecting colorfully and brightly decorated eggs concealed about the event area.  More and more often, rather than using real hard boiled eggs, hinged plastic eggs are being used. These eggs are usually shaped and sized the same as real eggs and open to fit candy or other offerings.  Challenge coins work great inside the toy eggs as well.  A 1.5 inch custom event coin will easily fit inside of the egg adding an element of surprise and anticipation.  The sound of the mysterious object combined with the weight of the coin is sure to get Easter egg hunters even more excited about their findings.

How Many Christmas Coins Can You Find?

Organizers and Emcees of formal Christmas parties and galas can hide their yuletide challenge coins in random or unexpected places throughout the event area and challenge guests to find as many as they can. The winner receives a cash prize equivalent to the number of Christmas coins collected. Their search can span over the duration of the event, giving attendees time to mingle, dine, dance and not take away from the gala’s festivities. Additionally, each player can be permitted to keep one coin as souvenir from the event.

It’s a Toss Up For Collectible Coins

Annual events, like a New Year’s celebrations mark the beginning of a new phase of life for many individuals and groups.  Creating a few collectible challenge coins, with a unique design that includes the New Year and a sequence number will be the all the craze at the party. However, this collectible coin should not simply be given away. Party guests that want this coin will have to work for it by engaging in a classic game of ring toss to win this collectible coin.  All other guests and non-victorious players can be given a keepsake coin designed similar to the collectible just without a sequence number.  Everyone will go home and start the New Year off happy.

There a many more ways, aside from the ones we listed here, in which challenge coins can be used at events and gatherings.  All you need is to use your imagination and have the perfect challenge coin design.  Visit our Create-a-Coin page to get started,

If you have any questions or would like to place an order, feel free to contact Signature Coins at or by calling 1-800-953-3607.

Using Custom Challenge Coins to Celebrate Martial Arts Achievements

April 25th, 2011

The popularity of martial arts fighting, especially mixed martial arts, has grown drastically all over the world. People of all ages have taken an interest in learning the not only the moves but also the principles and the many mental and physical health benefits of regular training. Martial arts offers its students an added bonus of the major boost in confidence and overall satisfaction that comes with advancing through their respective programs.

Many martial arts forms, like jujitsu, recognize apt students using a color system. Successful trainees are given special color coded belts once they have proven their development of key abilities and principle centered behavior. The belts act as an announcement of the students’ success and means of awarding their achievement. Using customized challenge coins in conjugation with traditional recognition methods is another great way to motivate students to stay on the track.

The Real Reward is in the Training

Recently, we were contacted by a customer who manages Kurisho-Do, a martial arts dojo. He requested a customized award coin to recognize students who have been inducted to the academy’s hall of fame. The challenge coin design, includes many eye catching and awe inspiring elements that both senseis and students will be happy to hand out as well as show off.

The recognition challenge coin, was fashioned in a traditional round shape and includes the dojo’s official logo and related Chinese character text on one side. The opposite side was proudly and artistically used to announce the success and entitlements of the award coin’s owner.

Understanding Key Design Elements

When creating your award challenge coin design, arriving at the perfect one is the ultimate goal. The image of the Kuroshi –Do challenge coin shown here, is what we call a digital proof. As you can see it displays an assortment information about the coin’s design in addition to the front and back images of the actual challenge coin.

Our digital proofing system is immeasurably valuable tool that Signature Coins award coin customers and recipients greatly appreciate. From a challenge coin manufacturing stand point, it allows us share our vision of the personalized coin with the customer and provides a clear starting point. For customers, it makes it easy to incorporate their ideas and oversee the development of a unique and valued item that they will be 100% satisfied with which is rewarding in and of itself.

If you are a teacher of any kind, the next time your students reach a milestone and are due advance and be recognized, you should consider the versatility and unlimited design potential of custom award challenge coins.

Custom challenge coins are easy to design and can be coordinated to complement an existing award program, like the one used in martial arts study. They are also affordable and simply a creative and fun idea.

Call Signature Coins at 1-800-953-3607 to start the custom challenge coin order for your next Hall of Fame or recognition ceremony. Our talented graphic artists are available now and look forward to creating a design your students are sure to love. Submit your ideas to them by emailing