Represent nation with pride by designing your country’s flag on a custom coin.

When a friend of mine first came to the U.S. from Puerto Rico, he was amazed by how many American flags were flying on buildings around Chicago. He had never seen so many flags!

The American flag is probably the most identifiable symbol of our country. Not only do flags fly on government buildings, such as police stations, fire stations, city halls and courthouses, but they also fly on poles by gas stations, barbershops, storage facilities, and fast-food restaurants.

The American flag is also one of the more popular things to put on military challenge coins. By viewing the custom coins gallery on this Monterey Company website and on our specialty coin web site, www.montereycoins.com; you can see that there are many ways to apply the American flag to your challenge coin.

As a Backdrop: A waving American flag can serve as a colorful and patriotic backdrop for your challenge coin. For example, one antique bronze coin features an American flag across the entire background with an eagle in flight in the foreground. The colorful red, white, and blue of the flag give a nice contrast to the muted browns and creams of the natural eagle.

Paired with Another Flag: Oftentimes, when our troops are stationed in a foreign country, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, they feature both flags on the face of their challenge coin. The pairing shows that both countries are working together to find peace on common ground.

Flying Solo: The American flag flying on a pole is majestic. It looks great in color or created without color with raised and recessed metal lines.

As Part of a Battle Scene: Who can forget the famous AP photo of “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima?” It was taken on Feb. 23, 1945, in which battle-worn U.S. Navy and Marine soldiers finally put the American flag on the top of Mount Suribachi, signifying that they had won the battle during WWII. Later, it served as a model for the U.S. Marine Corps. War memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.