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Custom Challenge Coins

The Monterey Company has been a challenge coin maker for over 30 years and offers the best quaility military coins with your insignia.

Challenge Coin Company

The Monterey Company has been a challenge coin maker and industry leader for nearly thirty years. We provide coins for the military, law enforcement, and emergency medical services. We produce custom products using state-of-the-art equipment and materials that can't be found anywhere else. We manufacture challenging coins at competitive prices. We offer expert die-making including cut-outs and engraving work performed by skilled craftsmen. For those who like the look of coins with antique finishes including antique silver and antique bronze, our custom metal plating service is perfect. We offer different patinas to give your challenge coin an authentic touch and will even engrave them for you!

Quality Military Coin Designs

Don't have much skill when it comes to coin design? No problem! Work with our artists and request a free quote and begin your digital proof. First, send us your artwork or use an existing logo. We can create a proof made to your exact specifications. Our customer service team is available to walk you through the entire process. We will provide recommendations to bring your design to life.

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Challenge Coin Maker

Are you looking for the best challenge coin maker? We have three decades of experience working with countless companies. That’s why we have every type of finish you may need for your logo. This includes antique, glossy, or epoxy finishes. We also have textured patterns for base metals and edges. Because we have so many options, we encourage you to work with our team of designers. They help make this process simple and easy. They know the best styles, materials, and combinations to use to give you the best quality final product.

Designing Military Challenge Coins

How does the process work? First, you will review and approve your proof. Once the mold is made, we will make and send you a sample of your design to make sure it’s exactly what you want. From there, we will begin production for your full order. This process usually takes between two and three weeks. But, the time varies based on the size, materials, and creation of your one-of-a-kind coin in full color.

Personalized For The Armed Forces

The armed forces and law enforcement have been using custom challenge coins for years. In the military, A commander would award military coins for things that deserve special recognition. Many companies use them to boost morale or to mark special events. We provide a variety of different shapes to choose from. Shapes can range from traditional styles, like circular or rectangular. Or you can choose more specialized shapes, like bottle openers or dog tags.

What does it mean to get one?

Custom challenge coins are usually given as an award for an honorable act or a job well done. Once they’ve been given out, they are supposed to be carried at all times. This allows recipients to show membership or allegiance to your organization. They are quickly growing in popularity! They can be used for businesses, fraternities, clubs, and many other organizations. Custom coins can be manufactured in many shapes and sizes and enamel finishes.

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How Are They Used?

  • To commemorate a mission or to celebrate a milestone.
  • To build camaraderie in a troop.
  • To create a collectible commemorative award.

They are carried as proud symbols by members of the military, police, and fire department to show their membership. The coins are made as a reward for challenges or to enhance the morale of team members. They’re also highly coveted among members of the military.

Honoring Achievements For Nearly 100 years

Custom challenge coins have been given out since the first World War. During that time, air warfare was very new. Air squadrons were made up of men from many different walks of life — not just the working class. Since then, the process of manufacturing has changed dramatically. How is this possible? We use hard or soft enamel, diamond-cut edges, engraving, and other specialized processes. As a manufacturer, we can also create three-dimensional images, add epoxy, and create double-sided designs custom created for your unit coin with any option including engraving. We’re proud to have worked with every branch of the military to create their medals.

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Custom Coins

What does it mean to be given one?

Military challenge coins became a tradition by accident. As the story goes, a rich lieutenant had a coin created for his squadron as a memento of their service together during World War I. One of the soldiers, who had never owned anything valuable before, became so attached to the challenge coin that he began wearing it in a pouch around his neck for safekeeping. The same soldier was later captured behind enemy lines and was taken captive by the Germans. As the war neared its end and the French took over the German camp, the soldier used his coin to identify himself as an ally. This saved his life! This one small act began the tradition of carrying enamel coins for identification. And today the practice has evolved to be broader. Now, military coins are also used to represent rewards and recognition.

Coast Guard

We have been making a design for the Coast Guard for nearly 30 years. Along with our knowledgeable and friendly team, we make sure we offer only the highest quality products.

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The History Of This Coin Style

How have challenge coins been used in history? These coins let members of different organizations have a special medallion that shows their affiliation. This special medallion should be kept with you at all times, so you can always prove that you are a member if needed. This tradition began in World War I after an American pilot was saved because he was wearing his squadron’s metal around his neck. The American soldier was captured by German soldiers and stripped of his formal identification. He was then moved to a small French town where he escaped from his German captors. Without his formal identification, he was still able to show his affiliation with the American troops because of the prized possession hanging around his neck.

If any members of the squadron or team are unable to produce their coin, therefore failing the “challenge,” they are responsible for buying a round of drinks for everyone appropriately carrying their medallions on their person. If the challenge is met, however, and everyone within the group is able to produce their metal symbol of honor, the challenger, or the person who initially bore his medallion, must buy a round of drinks for his counterparts. This is a fun way to honor the history of wearing organizational affiliation with pride. Your membership within a group, as demonstrated by carrying their coin, is woven into the fabric of your identity.

Challenge Coins

At the Monterey Company, we can create your military challenge coin in any shape, size, or color. The best part? We can even make three-dimensional logos to really bring them to life. We will work together to custom manufacture coins for your unit, or battalion to mark any occasion. The military branches and Coast Guard have been ordering products from us for many years. We’ve also created designs for EMS, fire, and police departments from across the country and abroad. They are used to boost morale, promote excellence, and give rewards. One thing is for sure, custom military coins are always treasured by those who receive them.

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National Guard

Our National Guard coins can be made with either color or epoxy finish. We have been developing their designs for decades. We take great pride in providing a high-quality service to those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.