How To Make a Challenge Coin?

Companies and organisations all around the world prefer to offer challenge coins to its members to commemorate significant occasions. Each coin represents a group’s achievement, belonging, and brotherhood.

Individuals frequently question how challenge coins are manufactured because they mean so much to so many people. If you know the procedures, the process of producing the coin is relatively straightforward to understand. Here is how you make a challenge coin.

Engraved Coins

Every challenge coin starts with a design. With the emergence of high-powered computers and CNC equipment, this procedure has become considerably more automated. It all starts with designing a design in a computer-aided design (CAD) system. This enables a CNC machine to precisely cut the pattern onto a piece of metal that will subsequently be utilised in the procedure.

A challenge coin’s design is only limited by the manufacturer’s capabilities. Many aspects of the coin can be altered, including its size, substance, finish, colour, and shape. Furthermore, special design features can be introduced as long as the computer understands what you were attempting to do.


The design is sent to the CNC machine and broken down into cutting instructions after it has been prepared in the CAD system. This CNC machine can cut solid metal into a certain shape. It converts a negative image of your design onto a huge chunk of metal known as a die or mold. This effectively takes your design and removes the spaces between the elements of your design. As a result, it can be used to create an exact replica of your design in another piece of metal.

Each coin necessitates the use of two molds, one for the front and one for the back. These molds are often composed of a highly hard metal, such as steel, that can endure high pressure without bending or destroying your design. No matter how many coins you request, a production line may be completed with only one mold set.

Die Striking

After the die or mold set has been finalized, the coins can be made. Coin blanks are pressed with the mold set to imprint your design on both sides. This is known as die striking, and it takes a massive machine to provide enough pressure to alter the coins. Depending on how many coins you order, an experienced operator can accomplish this section pretty rapidly.

The coins are verified throughout the process to ensure that the designs are properly stamped. Any coin having a flaw is either repaired or removed from production and replaced with a new duplicate.


The coin’s edge can have its own distinct design. There are numerous possibilities available, and how they are constructed depends on which option you select. Among these alternatives are:

  • Rope (die stuck) (die stuck)
  • Chain (die trapped) (die stuck)
  • Spur (die stuck) (die stuck)
  • Flat (die stuck) (die stuck)
  • Customized edges (die stuck)
  • Beveled (Machine cut) (Machine cut)
  • Scalloped (Machine cut) (Machine cut)
  • Oblique (Machine cut) (Machine cut)
  • Cut Through (Machine cut)
  • Reeded (Machine cut) (Machine cut)

The edge design is mostly determined by personal taste. Each option has unique properties that compliment the other side of the coin. When considering ways to improve the design of your coin, consider updating.


Metal that has been stamped or cut might have a number of sharp edges and burrs. Before proceeding with the operation, these burrs must be removed. There are various methods for accomplishing this, including doing it by hand. There are, however, a number of machines that can automate this procedure.

After the polishing process is completed, each coin is examined for flaws. It may be able to repair any flaws discovered at this time. Quality checkers, on the other hand, are particularly focused on ensuring that every coin that is finalized is of the highest quality. It is not uncommon for them to recall coins with minor flaws from manufacture.


The process of covering a coin with a different substance is known as plating. Coins composed of precious metals, such as gold or silver, are not wholly formed of those things. This would make each coin extremely valuable. They are instead composed of more common materials like copper, zinc, and iron. The coin’s surface is then covered with a layer of gold or silver. A variety of chemicals are used in this operation to clean the coin and aid transfer the plating material to its surface.


Coloring is the process of applying different colors to your coins. This can be done by machines or by hand with the use of appropriate tools. Enamel paint is used to fill in blank places in your design. The level of detail provided by the colors in your design is determined by how they are applied. Custom Challenge Coin We Created Designs

If you want a design with more color and detail, there are various options. Images can be printed directly on coins in some situations. This option provides the best visual quality of any of the options.


Finishing is frequently accomplished in more than one stage of the process. A finishing method is utilized before or during the polishing process. There are various approaches to this, including:

Sandblasting (Happens before the polishing procedure) (Happens before the polishing process)

Finished in a flat/matte manner (Happens before the polishing process)

Brushing (takes place before to polishing) Polished (Happens during the polishing process)

This gives different parts of the coin different finishes since they are finished at different times. For example, a coin can have a flat finish applied to flat areas before polishing, which gives them a matte appearance. Later, the raised edges can be polished so that they shine. The combination The use of these finishes produces a contrast between the edges and the other surfaces, resulting in a more complex design.

During the plating process, the finish can also be modified by selecting a different material. Although gold and silver are popular choices, they are not the only ones. This increases the color contrast while maintaining the shiny appearance.

Receive Your Challenge Coin

By following these steps, you can create your own challenge coin. The design process may be the most difficult for you; we can assist you in creating a design that you will be pleased with.

At Super Challenge Coins, We have a wealth of experience creating and manufacturing challenge coins for groups such as the military and first responders. Check out our pricing guide to learn more about our various customization options and rates, and keep an eye out for monthly bargains on our specials page!

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