Challenge Coins Frequently Asked Questions

What determines the cost of my challenge coin?

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.

What is the setup charge for a new coin?

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.

Do I have to pay for a mold fee for a reorder?

The die charge only applies to your initial purchase and we will keep your mold ready for reorders.

Why do some companies engrave their name on my coin?

Not sure, perhaps vanity or free advertising at your expense? We will never deface your challenge coin. Some companies justify this as a way to remind the customer when time to reorder. 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.

Will I get to see a sample of my coin prior to production?

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.

Why do you recommend against using an epoxy coating?

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.

Do you have a coin template to design a coin?

We develop all coin designs from scratch. Email us at info@aviatorgear.com and let's get started.

I don't see a color chart. What colors do you offer?

Check out our coin plating guide HERE!.

What is the production time for your challenge coins?

You can expect shipment about 5 weeks after final artwork approval.

What types of materials are used for your challenge coins?

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 HERE!.

What types of coin edging is available?

Check the coin edging options HERE!.

Do you sell the coins on your website to the public?

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.

Do you offer a rush production service?

We do not have a rush production program, however we will do what we can to meet your deadline. We manufacture our challenge coins as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest quality standards.

What file format should I send for my challenge coin idea?

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.

Are you able to manufacture coins in different shapes?

Absolutely! We can manufacture your coin in any shape, 3-dimensional images, and cut-outs.

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