Each military challenge coin that soldiers have—all of these have a story to tell. From the first that they receive upon entering service—from their first unit, their first commander—to the last that they receive before retirement, these custom military coins all represent the various steps and paths that soldiers take in their journey to serve their country.
This journey can be different for each soldier. Some may be called to serve with utmost diligence in logistics. Others may be called to firmly defend their countrymen on the frontlines. Some may be even called to raise the spirits of their fellow soldiers and better the public’s understanding of the military’s role in society. These paths are often varied and diverse in the different roads that they take, but all of these paths are equally important because, in the end, they are just one common journey with the defense and common good of the nation as their common destination.
This journey has been proudly taken up by generations of soldiers and nowhere is it better embodied than in the timeless tradition of military challenge coins—custom military coins that bear the emblems or insignias of the units and commanders that they have been called to serve. These custom military coins are not just coins. They are each symbols of the steps that each soldier has taken in his journey to serve his or her nation.
This practice has become so enduring that even civilians now adopted it as their own as well. From congressmen and the president to policemen and firemen—civilian challenge coins, with their own various insignias and emblems, have proven to be as popular and widespread as their equivalents in the military.
Yet, just as challenge coins have spread throughout the military and beyond and have gone to chronicle the various paths taken by generations of soldiers–and now even civilians–the coins themselves have undergone several changes. No one knows where or how exactly these coins came about. Some would say the Romans. Others would say American airmen in WW1. Still others would say the army. What people do know is that they started in the military and when they did, they started off as simple coins with equally simple emblems. Nowadays, advances in technology over the years have ensured that the custom military coins of today are now much more complex than the coins of yesteryear.
We have done our best to keep up with these advances by offering a diverse set of options in customizing the challenge coins that allow them to best represent and symbolize what you intend to represent and symbolize for your coins. For instance, there are four main features that are customizable with our current system of design and production: the metal style, the diamond cut edge styles, the design and the shape of the coin itself.
For the metal style, we offer eight styles: polished gold, antique gold, polished silver, antique silver, polished brass, antique brass, polished copper, antique copper, black nickel metal and duo tone metal. These different metal styles allow your coins to not only have different overall appearances, but also different overall textures.
For diamond cut edge styles, we offer five styles: the standard edge, the rope cut edge, the cross cut edge, the wave cut edge and the oblique cut edge. These different diamond cut edge styles allow your coins to get a far deeper sense of texture when you hold them with your fingers.
For the design and shape of the coin itself, we have various options to ensure that your coins will be truly personal and valued. We offer options such as offset print and engraved text to give a special touch to the wording on your coins. We also offer options such as epoxy coating and translucent enamel to allow your coins to have a smooth and visually-appealing shine to them. We also offer options such as 3D designing, custom shaping and keychain attachments to give your coins a unique and distinct physical appearance.
Times may change–but we will make sure that your custom military coins will still have their unique sense of timeless mystique.