WHAT IS DUAL PLATING?
At HonestCoins LI, we provide various plating choices; most plating, especially the precious metal plating choices, is applied as soon as the coins are struck. The coin is submerged in a chemical solution that contains the metal that will be plated on. A permanent coating of precious metal forms on the coin's surface once the solution is given an electric charge.
When dual plating, an additional step is required to maintain the procedure neat and organized. The coins must be coated twice after their first standard plating. The coin portions don't receive second metal plating; special paint is put on them. For instance, if the coin were originally coated in gold, special paint would be applied to the areas that were supposed to stay gold. Later, certain areas would not be subject to the silver-plating procedure. Dual plating can extend the time it takes to produce your coins by 4 to 8 weeks due to these different stages. However, the result is well worth the work invested.
EFFECTS OF DUAL PLATING
Your coins will have a significantly higher perceived worth and plating that both harmonize with and contrasts well with one another if you pick the gold and silver plating option. Dual-plated coins in gold and silver are always striking, but they are not the only type of dual plating that may be used.
Another eye-catching and captivating plating combination is black nickel and gold. The contrast between the dark hue of the nickel and the sheen of the gold creates a lovely contrast, and when ancient gold is used, the full result gives the coins a traditional, worn appearance.
For a distinctive look, combine a black nickel coating with a copper base metal. Since it's not a very common combination, coins that employ it are sure to stand out. Coins dual plated in these two metals sometimes has a steampunk appearance.
We provide powder coating finishes along with our precious metal plating. Although these alternatives aren't frequently employed together when a customer asks us to perform something we've never done before, we typically decide what is feasible; therefore, use your creativity to the fullest when it comes to dual plating.
DUAL PLATING AS A DECORATIVE ELEMENT
Although it's understandable why a customer could select dual plating to enhance contrast and produce a finished appearance for one or both sides of their coin, there are better options than doing so. For little decorations on a coin, dual plating can also be used quite well.
Different plating distinct from the remainder of the coin is frequently used by government and military customers to counterbalance one component of their design. Placing a stamp, logo, or other minor ornaments in a different metal is the simplest method to make it stand out from the others.
Due to their high perceived worth, dual-plated high-polish coins are excellent gifts and awards. However, they are only one of many options for dual plating, even if they remain some of the most popular. If you're wondering how your coin will appear with two (or more) alternative plating options, let the marketing team know, and our designers will be able to put together a proof that shows you the best alternative for your coin design.
THE IDEAL COLOR FOR A BLACK METAL DESIGN
Contrast is crucial: Contrast is necessary for any great art. High-polish coins and coins made of black metal are particular examples of this. However, the color will undoubtedly give your design personality, regardless of the plating type you select. Visit our custom plating website to learn more about our other choices and to view more fantastic examples. Give our sales staff a call if you like what you see and want to begin working on your designs. They would be pleased to assist you.
Antique Gold - Challenge Coin Plating
One of the challenge coins we are plating the most is this one. Compared to the elevated parts, the recessed regions will have a darker finish. All metal has an aged, drab appearance. If your coin has fine wording on it, HonestCoins LI will always recommend the "antique" style so that the contrast will aid in readability. Antique gold-plated coins exhibit less wear and scuffing than their highly polished counterparts.
High Polished Gold -
Challenge Coin Plating
The most sophisticated and costly appearing coating is highly polished gold plating. Each coin is gold-plated before being polished to a stunning coating. The high polish finish is the same in both elevated and recessed sections. It can occasionally be challenging to read tiny detail on highly polished gold.
Antique Silver -
Challenge Coin Plating
Common plating is antique silver, which has an upscale appearance. Your coin will appear older thanks to the similarity between antique silver and antique pewter. The coin's elevated, relatively lighter-toned parts are readily distinguished from the recessed areas by the coin's darker overall finish. This old technique dulls all metal surfaces. When you choose antique silver plating, your coins also appear to have fewer dents and scratches.
High-Polished Silver - Challenge Coin Plating
The highly polished silver plating is the best option for individuals wishing to create a timeless coin due to its high quality and upscale appearance. Each coin is hand-plated with silver and polished to an extremely high shine. The finish is high polish and applies to both elevated and recessed surfaces. Because of this, we often advise darkened writing or a sandblasted metal backdrop for the recessed sections to obtain a more contrasting design on a high-gloss silver coin.
Copper- Challenge Coin Plating
Copper coins that have been highly polished offer a very classy and expensive appearance. Each coin has copper plating polished to a stunning brilliant reddish luster. Using copper is a wonderful, distinctive method to set your challenge coin apart from the competition. The level of high polish finish is the same in elevated and recessed parts.
Black Metal - Challenge Coin Plating
Unlike other coins, black metal distinctively symbolizes strength and endurance. The matte-like surface of black metal provides these coins the initial capacity to stand out, whereas other coins sometimes have a general metal sheen or a produced high polish aspect. Additionally, black metal is the ideal canvas for drawings and paints in bolder hues.
Antique Nickel - Challenge Coin Plating
The coin has a tough appearance because of the antique nickel plating, which has a gunmetal-like appearance. The recessed sections fill up a little bit darker and aid in separating the coin's features. The antique process slowly dulls down all metal surfaces of the coin, giving it a smooth shine.
Black Nickel - Challenge Coin Plating
Black nickel gives your coin a quality similar to a matte Finish. In contrast to the black metal plating option, the finish's dark tone presents a more traditional metal appearance while allowing brighter and lighter colors to shine through.
DUAL PLATED COINS
Dual plating is one distinctive approach to plating your coins. A masking procedure is used in dual plating to offer two alternative plating options to your coin. Depending on your artwork, dual plating increases manufacturing costs and necessitates more care.