Custom Army Challenge Coins
Designing custom military challenge coins for the US Army is always exciting for us. We find that the troops become completely immersed int the design process, right along side our designers. To say Army soldiers are enthusiastic about their custom coins would be a certain understatement.
The US Army is routinely engaged in operations as they relate to peacetime, conflict, and war. The level of actual combat involvement varies among conflict and war categories. Some recent activity examples include anti terrorism, peacekeeping, and peace enforcement around the globe.
Most notably, the Afghanistan Invasion that commenced in 2001 was led by the Army, and shortly thereafter the Iraq Campaign in 2003. With the ever changing landscape of the Middle East Conflict, the role of the Army shifted to focus more on counterinsurgency as the rates of IED deployment increased.
Military coins are our “bread and butter”, with Army coins taking up a fairly large share of our production work. We truly enjoy working with the Army, and can be reached by email or phone to discuss the specific requirements of your military coins.
Should you have all your artwork ready to go for us, please submit the information thru our quote form and we will deliver to you, within 24 hours or less, a complete email showing your coin and itemized pricing. Read why our custom coins impress the military.
Army challenge coins commemorate great numbers of people, places and events important to the history of the United States Army, including well known Army divisions, operations, and the men and women of the Armed Forces who displayed exemplary valor on duty. Army challenge coins can be collected as memorabilia and for their numismatic value, and are also formally issued within the Forces. They may be worn or displayed. The wide-ranging scenes, ranks and characters depicted on these military medallions allow them to boost morale as well as play a role as visual aids in the teaching of military history.
The United States Army contains different military units (divisions), which are usually comprised of between 10,000 and 15,000 soldiers. There are presently ten active divisions in the U.S. Army: An Armored division, a Cavalry division, four Infantry divisions, one Mountain division and two Airborne Divisions. Found within the National Guard are eight more Infantry divisions.
Army challenge coins that honor divisions are highly popular. Some of the divisions have nicknames represented on the medallions, such as the “Old Ironsides” of the 1st Armored Division, the “Big Red One” of the 1st Infantry Division, the “Screamin’ Eagles” of the 101st Airborne division and “Hell On Wheels” of the 2nd Armored Division. Such challenge coins often depict forces in action, or the specialized combat vehicles used by these divisions; often, they can be engraved.
Army Operations Challenge Coins
The recent operations in Iraq have resulted in the issue of operations tokens. Soldier’s families have collected Army challenge coins with themes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to show their support for U.S. Army forces that are fighting or have fought abroad. The issue of operations-related challenge coins is not, however, a new phenomenon. During the Persian Gulf War (the 2nd of August, 1990 – the 28th of February, 1991), Operation Desert Storm coins were issued. Less recently, army coins commemorating and honoring operations of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam war, were produced.
Design Options for Custom Army Challenge Coins
Why choose us for your custom army challenge coins? Not only do we respect the dedication of our army patrons, but we do everything we can to reflect that same dedication in our work. We don’t know what it’s like to be out there on the front lines, but we do know that the bravery and sacrifice which our army customers display on the battlefield deserves the very highest recognition.
Whether you’re in need of division tokens, unit coins, operations challenge coins, or commemorative coins for a special event or a fallen soldier, we want to help you design something collectible which serves as a powerful reminder of Army valor. Sometimes our clients have a very clear idea what they want in advance. If that’s the case for you, our design team will make it happen. If you aren’t sure exactly what you need but have some ideas, we’ll collaborate with you to design a truly outstanding, one-of-a-kind custom army coin.
We have a number of materials available for your army challenge coins, including high polish or antique gold, silver, bronze or black nickel. The high polish look is smart and shiny, but the aged look provides depth and intensity to match the intensity of your troops. We can make standard round coins, but we are also capable of rendering coins in unique shapes. We do offer hard enamel as well as soft enamel challenge coins; at no additional cost. Along with the size, material, finish and enamel for your army coins, we offer you a number of other options. As with the seams and lining of military uniforms, we know that it’s often the little embellishments and extra care taken with the details which makes military challenge coins so special. You’re not confined to a flat edge for your Army coins; you can also go with a rope cut edge, spur cut edge, oblique line edge, bevel cut edge or a diamond cross cut edge. Even though the center of the coin will attract the most attention, the edge will provide an elegant framework. The edge of your coin can also be embossed with numbering (for example, the number of coins issued to your unit).
What other options do we offer to enhance the customization of your army coins? Dual plating can add contrast and depth, as can a three-dimensional mold or a cut-out. Epoxy dome coating, sequential numbering, glitter paint, glow-in-the-dark paint, silk-screen images and offset-printed images allow you to add even more special touches. With so many options available to you, you won’t be just imprinting your Army unit number on a standard round coin—you’ll be crafting an entire piece from scratch, one which will be entirely your creation. Your officers and others will recognize that dedication in the Army challenge coins you order and appreciate your recognition of their hard work and bravery. Ready to place an order or just have a question? You can reach us toll free at 1-800-818-3229 or read our Tips for Designing & Ordering Your Challenge Coins article before you begin.
Disclaimer: Neither the United States Army nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this service.