The 537th Airlift Squadron (537 AS) is stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. It was re-activated on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in April of 2011. It had been more than 40 years since its deactivation in the early 1970s at Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam. At that time, it was the 537th Tactical Airlift Squadron and they flew the C-7 Caribou. The 537th AS shares 12 C-130's with the 144th AS, and works side-by-side to support JBER.
The main drivers of the price for your custom coin will be size, quantity, and any extra features; such as edging, engraving, or consecutive numbering. We always provide a custom quote for our coin designs.
Your artwork and design consultation is always free with us. Our die (mold) charges are very low ranging from $125.00 - $200.00, depending on the size and design features, which includes both sides of the coin. This die charge is non-refundable and only applies to your initial purchase.
We will never deface your challenge coin. Some companies justify putting their logo on yours as a way to remind you when reordering. Our view is that, if we do our job, you are not only going to remember who made your coin, but rave about the quality and our customer service to all of your friends.
98% of our clients approval their coin order for production, based on the final approved artwork proof. We can create a physical sample of your coin, prior to full production; however we require a non-refundable payment of the die charge, before we create your sample coins. Once that die has been created, it cannot be modified. Any changes to the coin design, once you receive the sample coin, will require a new mold and another die charge. This is why we are very meticulous about your artwork.
Many suppliers sell you an epoxy coating as a protective measure for your coin, which we believe is unnecessary. An epoxy coating takes away from the vibrancy of the coin and dulls the colors and the intricate details. The times we will recommend epoxy is when your design has a large area of enamel color, such as our 2" diameter round bottle openers, or to protect screen printed designs.
We develop all coin designs from scratch. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get started.
Check out our Coin Plating Guide.
Depending on your design; we will use brass, iron, or zinc alloy as the base material. Your coin will then be electroplated with any of our many choices of metal plating options. Check out our Coin Plating Guide.
We do not sell to the public or maintain inventory of any of our challenge coins. All of our coins are made to order just for you. All of the designs you see on our website are strictly for customer reorders and to proudly showcase examples of our work. We would never sell your unit's coin to anyone else.
The preferred format is a vector file of type .EPS or .AI. A high-resolution JPG or PNG of 300 dots per inch (dpi) is the second best. Native file formats in Corel Draw, Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator, and PDF documents also work great. We can accept and modify pretty much any type of file, such as: .jpeg, .gif, .png, .ppt, .doc, .pdf, .bmp, .tiff, .psd, or .pub.
Absolutely! We can manufacture your coin in any shape, 3-dimensional images, and cut-outs. See some unique coins and bottle openers.
Not sure about the details? Or looking for something extra customized? Just drop us a line and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.