Monday, January 13, 2014

Challenge Coin 101

 Welcome to challenge coin 101. Our purpose is to help you understand the options and components that will determine your finished coin. Weather you need a simple or complex you need to understand the production process so you will be pleased with the product. Brass and zinc alloy are the most commonly used metals for challenge coins, Brass coins are considered the military standard for challenge coins. Zinc alloy should only be used when the coin is a spinner, cut out, or has sharp angles. Standard coin sizes are 1.5" - 2" it is becoming more popular to mint odd shaped or larger coins.
Once a coin is minted it is electroplated to apply the finish. Common finishes are shiny silver, shiny gold, antique brass, antique silver and so on. One of the biggest questions asked is " What is the difference between 2D and 3D coins? " 2D coins are coins that only have raised and recessed metal areas within the design. 3D coins also have a 3- Dimensional relief are that is made with a 3D sculpture. 
Many challenge coin designs have cut out areas with it. These cut out areas can be used as bottle openers or have areas that are cut out to make it stand out from the average coin. Most of these coins are made from alloy, although some designs can still be produced using brass. Brass centered challenge coins are heavier and are more durable than zinc alloy centered coins. 
Challenge coins are used mostly by the military to boost morale, raise funds,show membership to ones unit, or commemorate a time spend on a mission or certain geographical location. Challenge coin collecting has become a very popular hobby. There are many coins for sale throughout the Internet. Ranging from$10 to hundreds, depending on the size,age,quality,rarity, and sentimental value of said coin for sale.
By Lawrence Phillips

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