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Get Immersed in the process of Challenge Coin Creation

If you're curious about how these unique and meaningful keepsakes are made, you've come to the right place. In this page, we'll take you on a journey through the process of challenge coin creation, from design to production. You'll learn about the various techniques and tools used to craft these special coins, and you'll see how they are brought to life through a combination of artistry and science. 

Soft Enamel

Before being trimmed to size, the image is first imprinted into the metal. Then, a metal coating, such as gold or nickel, is applied to the badges.

Hard Enamel

Hard enamel is applied before the plating, and then it is flattened out to the same level as the metallic die lines.

Compared to soft enamel, hard enamel pins are more robust and scratch-resistant. Hard enamel is popular because of its polished appearance. Both hard and soft enamels can accommodate a variety of designs. It mostly boils down to personal preference.

Process: Making of Artwork, Approval, Funding, CNC, Mould, Coloring, Polishing, and delivery via USPS priority mail.

  • Covering with powder

  • Metal plating

  • The QR code

  • Coin with lenticular graphics challenge

  • Glow in the dark

The Difference Between Cool And Warm Colors

It may seem apparent, but picking a theme for your coin design is fantastic. For a coin design, the artist will have enough to work with if you have provided corporate artwork or unit badges. Warm colors are energetic and bright, similar to reds, oranges, and yellows. People who see them frequently become excited. Most individuals find that cool hues, which are found in the range of greens, blues, and violets, are relaxing. Overuse of color in designs makes them difficult to read and distracting. A design is pleasant when the colors complement one another, and the artwork is simple to understand and enjoy since it directs the viewer's attention to certain places.

We usually ask you for your plating preference when you submit to HonestCoins LI artwork since it is the easiest option to start when selecting a color scheme. Our copper and gold plating options complement warm colors best, while silver plating alternatives complement cold hues. Coins with nickel or black metal plating go nicely with either warm or cold hues.

Coins With Ancient Plating

Coins with ancient gold or silver plating are significantly less reflective than their equivalents with a high polish. This implies that the elevated and recessed portions of an untreated piece of art will have natural shadows and somewhat varied colors. High-polish plating works best with dark hues to create much-needed contrast, although antique plating goes well with just about anything. So go ahead and incorporate some more vivid hues into your design. These are just a few illustrations of antique-plated coins that gradually add color to the design.

High-polish Plated Coins

Plating with a high polish is very reflecting. The plating must be balanced with your artwork, yet this may be a great approach to creating a distinctive design. Glare or smearing can detract from the more intricate design elements if a coin excessively emphasizes high gloss plating. This illustration demonstrates how well the highly polished gold plating on the side makes it harder to discern the essential features in the artwork than the ancient gold plating on any side.


Color adds a lovely contrast to artwork and maximizes the potential of any highly polished coin design. The following coin is made of high-polish silver and was designed for Newsfeed. The blue and black color scheme highlights the bigger coin's gear form and the smaller pieces' mountains and ridges. These colors are used to assist the artwork's most delicate details to stand out.

Recessed sandblasting and dual plating are two additional techniques for generating contrast in a high-polish design and using color fillings. The bigger coin has a textured area between the blue gear design and the edge. The surface becomes less reflective and more smudge-resistant as a result. Recessed sandblasting offers a little contrast, albeit less than adding color fills, which may be all your design requires. Using color to create the ideal dual-plating design is only sometimes necessary.

Metal Challenge Coins In Black

A stunning design only sometimes requires high-polish plating. These black metal coins combine strongly contrasting colors to enhance the artwork and bring the eye to the delicacy of the little elements in the design. Black metal coins absorb light, but high-polish coins reflect it. With a bright light source, viewing the artwork with adding color to the design will be easy. The colors that occasionally outperform one another are blues, reds, and whites. Your personalized coins have a design that you developed. You've glanced over the proofs our artists produced for you and selected most of the modification choices you're interested in. The next step is to select the plating style that will highlight your design and set your coins out from the competition.

The first selection requested and a few more possibilities our artists believe would be suitable for your design are frequently included on proofs from HonestCoinsLI. The dual plating enhancement we provide is one of the choices you should consider. It's a simple method to ensure your coin will stand out and be remembered.

How Much Time Does It Take To Create A Challenge Coin?

The production of the challenge coins would take four to eight weeks; this excludes delivery time. The first task is to make a special mold for the design. The next steps entail color-filling, deburring, stamping, plating individually, undergoing quality control, and packaging the coins for shipping.​​

This is how the entire procedure appears:

One of our production supervisors oversees quality control, ensuring that the artwork can be produced precisely and consistently. After this is complete, we begin creating the unique mold.

In most cases, molds are prepared within the first 24 hours, and all the coins are stamped and prepared to go to the deburring stage of manufacturing.


Each coin will still have undergone the deburring procedure, which entails removing any ridges, rough edges, or other flaws from each coin by the end of the day. Coins go to the plating stage of manufacture when this is finished.

The plating operation involves running an electrical current through a solution containing the customer's desired plating choice before adding the bare metal coins, which may take one to two days. The number of coins and level of intricacy of the chosen plating might affect how long it takes (dual-plated coins take longer).


The final significant step in coin production is the color-filling procedure. To create distinct colored zones, the areas must be painted.


The last stage of production involves polishing the complete set of coins, adding finishing touches, and performing one final quality control inspection. The coins are sent through UPS the next day air after final inspection and packaging.


Some coins may be created and sent in three days, while others take longer than ten days. Options like a color filling, dual plating, and 3D patterns might lengthen the production process. Dual plating can take twice as long as single plating, and 3D coin molds are more difficult to make than 2D molds. Coins with several distinct colored regions will need more time since each colored area must be finished separately.

Selecting 2D and simple metal designs that don't need extra plating or coating might assist save production time. Within a day or two, these coins may be completed and dispatched.

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