Posts Tagged ‘custom challenge coins’

Friday, January 31st, 2014

High school ROTC programs enjoy creating and ordering custom challenge coins. Because of the groups’ military ties, they recognize the significance and historic value of coins. Not only that, they recognize the fundraising potential of the items.

Custom challenge coins help boost morale and instill pride in ROTC members. Who doesn’t like to walk away from an experience with a memento that reminds them of the time they spent learning valuable skills. Custom coins are the type of keepsake item that people hold onto for years and years.

There are a number of different ways to customize coins. In fact, here are a few of the options you have to choose from:

• An unusual size or shape
• Decorative edges
• Cutouts
• Silkscreens
• Bottle opener mechanism
• Dual plating
• Sequential numbering

Challenge coins can have the school name and graduation year on them. They can even have the members’ names silkscreened onto them. Coins can even have a photograph included in their design. An epoxy dome will prevent the image from fading or peeling.

Create custom challenge coins to commemorate a special time in a high school ROTC participant’s life. Contact Lapel Pins Plus with your request for custom challenge coins today. Email a representative at If you’d rather speak to someone directly, you can call our toll-free number. It’s 1-800-252-0904.

Feel free to ask questions and to explain what you want on your coins. This will give us a better idea of what to include in your custom challenge coin design. Submit your inquiry to us right away. We’re here to assist you with your request and to provide you with free artwork and design services as well as free shipping.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

National Safe at Home Week is August 26th-30th.  What better time than now to start thinking
about ways you can promote the annual event? What about creating custom challenge coins for your security company?  This is a great way to get the public talking about your home security devices and services.

Custom challenge coins are the ultimate marketing tool because they’re attractive and
meaningful.  There isn’t anything quite like a challenge coins.  The keepsake items
are made-to-order using your ideas and specifications.  If you want your coins cut-to-shape to
resemble your logo, let us know.  If you’d rather have a traditional round or square coin with a decorative edge, this is an option for you as well.

You can add a 3D emblem, sequential numbering, and even dual plating to your coins.  Each helps you advertise your home security company in a new and effective way.  Who won’t take notice of what you have to offer when you have something as exciting as a custom challenge coin to hand out during National Safe at Home Week?

Promote your security company through the creation and distribution of custom challenge coins.  We can help.  Visit to request a no obligation, free price quote.

You can email your ideas to or if you’d rather speak to someone by phone, call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free.  We’ll relay your request to our talented team of artists who will create custom artwork for your order of coins according to your specifications.  The end result is a quality keepsake to hand out to the customers of your security company.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Along with lapel pins, challenge coins, and key chains, Lapel Pins Plus also specializes in creating lanyards.  Custom lanyards are typically 35” pieces of polyester or nylon that we sew in a loop.  The lanyard then goes over your head and rests around the neck and shoulder area as it hangs down towards your belly button.

Lanyards are a great way to display name badges for schools that have added another layer of security on their campus.  You can also use different color lanyards on a campus to signify a particular group of people.  For example, you could use blue and white for teachers/staff, green and white for students, and red and white for visitors.  This way, with one quick glance at a person’s lanyard, you immediately know which group they fall in.

We are able to print your logo and school name directly onto the lanyard at no additional cost.  This allows for full customization of your lanyard that will help show off your school pride.  Different attachments at the bottom of the lanyard can be used to secure name tag, ID badges, school ID’s, keys, and even cell phones or walkie talkies.

We all have the clear plastic ID holders for your identification cards to make it a one stop shopping experience.  This gives you the tools that you need to properly identify the people in your school, organization or workplace.  ID holders can also be used by the Press at special events as well as workshop and concert attendees.

Visit for more information.  Email you’re your request to or call 1-800-519-9319 toll-free.  We’ll be more than happy to assist you with your request by providing you with free artwork and design services and free shipping in the United States.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Challenge coins complement every celebration.  With the holidays fast approaching, have you thought of what you want to hand out at your Hanukkah party?  If you haven’t, we’d like to make a suggestion.  Custom coins make perfect gifts.  Why not order some today for your upcoming event?  From creation to production, we’re available to handle the details for you every step of the way.

Custom coins are unique and memorable.  They can be created in different sizes, shapes, and metal finishes to fit your needs.  Coins can be single or double sided.  They can have an image or photograph included on them.  There are other ways to make your custom coins stand out.  Options include bottle opener mechanisms, sequential numbering, dual plating, and 3D emblems.

Challenge coins are the type of keepsakes people cherish so why not make them part of your holiday celebration.  Don’t forget to include the location and date in your design.  This will help people remember the 2012 Hanukkah party you had.

Coins can be handed out in velvet boxes or acrylic cases.  These presentation options are classy and useful.  People can protect, store, and display their prized mementos easily when you include them in a package like a PVC coin envelope which is included free of charge with every challenge coin order.

Get challenge coins for your Hanukkah celebration today.  Visit to learn more about the ordering process.  You can also email or call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free.  We will put in your order for custom challenge coins just as soon as you approve the design our artists create for you.  Your Hanukkah coins will be a hit each and every year that you order them.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Challenge coins are the type of item that appeals to large groups of people.  Not only can they be used to reward exceptional feats and behavior, they can also be used to promote, educate, inform, and raise funds.  Few items are versatile and exciting as custom challenge coins.

Jacksonville, Florida challenge coins are attractive and memorable.  They can be single or double sided.  Single-sided Jacksonville coins can be attached to plaques, trophies, and handmade furniture.  Double-sided coins have images and text on the front and back.  This allows you to extend your message even further by including details about your business or group.  Email addresses, telephone numbers, and website URLs are just a few of the details that you can add to your order of custom Jacksonville, FL challenge coins.

Your Jacksonville challenge coins can be any shape or size that you want them to be.  They can be created as medallions or bottle openers even.  Whatever ideas you have for your coins is possible with our help.  Here are a few things you can do to make your custom challenge coins even more visually appealing:

  • Select a decorative edge.
  • Have the coins sequentially numbered.
  • Add a 3D image.
  • Have the coins dual plated.
  • Choose antiqued metal.
  • Utilize cut outs to draw attention to certain areas of the coin.

If you’re a Jacksonville, Florida business, academic institute, non-profit or sports team, you’ll want to have your own custom challenge coins on hand to give out to others.  Contact us today and we’ll create artwork that represents your group or organization.  Visit us online at  You can also call 1-800-252-0904 toll-free to speak to a representative or email your ideas to

We can’t wait to hear from you and share our wealth of knowledge and experience with you.  Rest assured that when you order from us, you’re being taken care of by one of the best challenge coin companies around.  Your satisfaction is very important to us.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Air Force schools from all over the U.S. contact us to help design the graduation classes custom challenge coins.  Depending on what school or base has contacted us, we advise making the front of the coin common so it accommodates all the students in attendance and the back of the coin custom so it showcases the individuality of each class.  Creating the coin this way is ideal because it allows the school or base to be represented the same on each classes’ coin while simultaneously allowing each class to feel special and unique.

Personalized Messages Make Each Class Feel Special and Honored

On the coin you see here, the front represents what class or school the coin is from and the back lets you know that this particular graduating class shared the phrase of “turning rocks into diamonds”.  Only the graduating class knows exactly what that means which is why it is memorable for the students it is given to.  Custom challenge coins are ideal for this reason.  You never run the risk of some other group or organization having the exact same coins as you.  That’s because once we create your design and place the order to be manufactured, we keep the artwork on file for you and you alone.  We may showcase a picture of your finished product on our website or on our blog but that’s only to demonstrate how flexible we are with the design process.

A Keepsake Worth Hanging Onto for Years and Years

Air Force challenge coins are handed out to each graduating class.  These tokens are kept with each graduate for the rest of their careers and life.  All one has to do is look at their graduation coin and they instantly jump back in time and remember the classmates and times they had while they were in school.  No other type of memento carries the same appeal that custom challenge coins do.  They are made from quality materials and crafted with care.  They are made from metal so they have a solid weight to them.  They are also intricately designed and personalized with your class’ information.  That’s what makes them so special.

Presentation Options Help Store and Protect Class Challenge Coins

Sometimes, a graduating class will elect a class leader and present him/her with a coin that is in black velvet presentation case.  This way is sure to impress anyone who receives a coin in this type of case.  Presentation options are offered as a way of enhancing an awards or graduation ceremony.  Velvet bags and boxes as well as acrylic cases and coin capsules look professional and help protect the coin from dust, dirt, and fingerprints.

If you’re ready to begin designing your own custom challenge coins, visit  We’ll be happy to walk you through the design process step by step.  You can also call 1-800-252-0904 or email today.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Whether you’re a police officer, detective, or a SWAT team member, if you’re in law enforcement you most likely have at least one challenge coin in your possession. Challenge coins’ military roots go hand in hand with the fundamentals of law enforcement.  Both groups risk their own lives to protect the lives of others.  That’s what makes them recipients of challenge coins.  No other type of award carries the same type of honor or prestige as a personalized coin.

Law Enforcement Challenge Coins Help Acknowledge Different Groups

Within law enforcement, there are many different groups and teams.  Challenge coins are a great way to connect the different groups with a singular coin design that encompasses all of the groups.  Law enforcement coins can be made for a particular division such as the bomb squad or the CSI division. Custom coins are collected as one works their way up the law enforcement ladder.  You take these coins with you from the time you’re a rookie all the way until you retire so that you can have a visual reminder of the time you spent within that unit.

Always Ready for a Challenge

When the day is done and these workers go to their favorite watering hole, they all carry their own coin just in case someone challenges them.  This tradition was made popular by members of the military and carries on today.  This demonstration of pride is something that never grows old.  The challenger makes a verbal request to see everyone in his group’s coins.  If they all do what is asked and present an acceptable challenge coin, he has to buy drinks.  If a person doesn’t have his or her coin or presents one that has been altered in any way, they have to buy the challenger a drink.

Motorcycle Police Coins, Commander Coins, and Highway Trooper Coins

Popular law enforcement coins are motorcycle police coins, commander coins for excellence, and highway trooper coins.  Common details of law enforcement coins can be seen on this example.  Most agencies use their badge and personal motto as well as a date their unit was established.  We can even custom shape the coins to look like a real law enforcement badge which is something really unique and special.

Don’t miss out on a growing trend with law enforcement groups worldwide.  Determine what information you want included on your custom challenge coins and submit it to us via our website at  You can also speak to us directly by calling 1-800-252-0904 or emailing today.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

You’ve probably heard about soft enamel challenge coins but have you heard of hard enamel challenge coins?  We offer both styles and wanted to feature the latter in today’s blog because many people don’t know that we offer them as an option to our customers.  Hard enamel challenge coins refer to the type of paint-like enamel that is used in the color areas of a coin.  It is filled up to the same level as the surrounding metal which gives the coin a smooth feeling.

What Makes Hard Enamel Coins So Special?

Hard enamel colors are vibrant and very rich in nature.  This helps add to the appearance of the custom coins.  The perceived value of a hard enamel coin is higher than a soft enamel coin.  The reason behind this is simple.  Hard enamel coins are ordered by groups and organizations that want to take things to the next level professionally.

How Soft Enamel Coins Are Created

Soft enamel coins are not flexible or soft by any means.  The name refers to the type of paint that is used in the color areas.  With soft enamel coins (most common) the paint is filled slightly less than flush with the surrounding metal.  This gives the coin a raised and recessed feel.  All the surrounding metal is raised and the color areas are recessed.

Custom Challenge Coins in Soft or Hard Enamel

We can take any design that can be done as soft enamel and make it hard enamel for our customers.  This allows you to have the coins that you want for whatever purpose that you want to use them for.   If you like the look of soft enamel but want a smooth surface like hard enamel coins, we can put a clear epoxy coating over your coin for a feeling that is smooth to the touch.

Hard enamel challenge coins are a great option for groups, organizations, and businesses of all sizes.  They’re attractive, versatile, and personal.  You can add your own logo or photograph to their artwork and even customize a message to reflect the goals or values of your company, non-profit or club.  You can get an idea of our prices by visiting today.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Daystar Church wanted to give its first responders comprised of individuals, that are EMS, Firefighters, and Police Officers,  a gift to honor the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11.  The emblems that these professionals use are universally recognizable and make great designs for custom challenge coins.  Having a token such as a challenge coin on the tenth year anniversary of 9/11 is a thoughtful way to remember the men and women that protect and serve our communities daily.

September 11, 2001 was a somber day for America.  Many of the first responders on call at the World Trade Center lost their lives.  Keeping the spirit of these brave men and women alive is exactly what Daystar Church was trying to accomplish.  They decided to include information about their church on one side of the coin and logos that represent first responders on the other side.  They also wanted to include some text honoring the specific group of recipients being recognized.

All members of the congregation that are first responders will receive this special coin during one of the church services.  The church chose to have the coins placed in black velvet coin presentation case which adds a classy touch to any type of ceremony.  Different options like acrylic coin cases and coin capsules make it easy to display challenge coins in a recipient’s home or office.

Since World War I, challenge coins have been used to honor exceptional service.  First responders are heroic people.  They put the community first above their needs.  They deserve recognition and Daystar Church was one of the first of many churches, groups, and organizations looking for a memorable way to honor them this September.

Friday, August 19th, 2011

You may be asking yourself, “What are challenge coins and why have they become so popular recently?”  As an experienced challenge coin manufacturer, we can answer both questions for you.  A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members.  The custom items are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.

The reason why they are popular has to do with their unique design.  Created from different types of metal, they are made in a similar fashion as currency.  The challenge coins are therefore significantly heavier than other types of award items and extremely detailed.  They are designed in a way that sheds light on an organization and its history as well as its members.

A Brief Primer on the Use of Challenge Coins

It takes a conscious effort to carry a challenge coins at all times. Traditionally, rules of a challenge prohibit defacing the coin in any manner, especially if it makes it easier to carry at all times.  If you are challenged to show your coin and you do not have it on you, it is your responsibility to pick up that round of spirits for the person that challenged you.  This tradition originated with members of the military whom enjoyed a little friendly competition while relaxing with friends.

Challenge Coins Uses

Custom challenge coins are very versatile.  In fact, that is why they are becoming more and more popular outside the military. Corporations, police departments, fire departments and motorcycle clubs are just a few of the other groups that use custom challenge coins in their everyday life.

Here are some ways that they are being used:

  • To honor heroic acts
  • To encourage membership and years of service
  • To thank customers for their business
  • To recognize individual merits
  • To build friendships in foreign lands
  • To remember a certain individual or event

Custom Coin Characteristics

Challenge coins have their own unique appearance and feel.  Here are a few of the characteristics you will find on nearly every coin created by Challenge Coins Plus:

  • Coins typically range in size from 1.5” to 2”.
  • They are primarily solid brass and plated in gold or silver.
  • Many coins are traditionally round in shape but many of our customers prefer to have unique, cut-to-shape challenge coins.

It is hard to sum up nearly a century’s worth of challenge coin history in a single blog.  That’s why we will be focusing some of our time on creating topics that we think will be of interest to you, your business, group or organization.  As always, you can reach us by visiting, emailing or calling 1-800=252-0904.  Your free price quote and full color digital proof awaits.

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