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Custom Challenge Coins

Military challenge coins have been around since the first World War. During that time air warfare was a new concept. Air squadrons were manned by men from all walks of life, unlike earlier wars when the militia was manned from the working class.

As the story goes, one wealthy lieutenant had custom challenge coins created for his squadron as a memento of their service together. One of the soldiers, never having had anything of value in his life, became so attached to it that he took to wearing it in a pouch around his neck for safekeeping. It ended up saving his life after being captured behind enemy lines. When the French took the German camp all he had to identify himself as an ally was the squadron coin. Thus began the tradition of carrying one’s squadron coin at all times for recognition and identification.

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Custom Firefighter Challenge Coins Designed In Days!

The Monterey Company has been making custom coins for fire departments since 2001. Request a free design mockup for your department. All we need is your insignia or logo

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and any design ideas you may have. Add color to both side and 3D to your logo. How do our prices measure up? We are not cheapest coin maker in town! We are, however, the best quality coin company you could work with. We are extremely pricing competitive without jeopardizing quality. Our coins are die struck in bronze or brass and allow for great detail of your design. We are a phone call away and our staff will work closely with you to design the best-looking coin you would be proud to hand out.

The Monterey Company is a leading coin maker for every branch of the military and has been designing military coins in soft and hard enamel colors and specialing in 3D designs.

We can make any type of personalized challenge coin you’re looking for. Whether you want 3D coins, antique bronze, copper, diamond-cut edges and with engraved numbers, we can make it for you! Take a look at our gallery to see examples of our designs we’ve created.

The trend for soldiers to carry their coins began to encourage all pilots to carry them. When pilots met, they would challenge each other to show their coins. If they could produce one, then the challenger had to buy the drink. Not surprisingly, this quickly became a very popular trend.

Today, they are used for more than the military challenge. They are given out to military and non-military personnel alike for morale-boosting, rewards and awards.

What Are Used For?

Custom made coins are being used to:

  • To commemorate a mission or  celebrate a milestone
  • To build camaraderie in a troop
  • To create a collectible commemorative coin

As a leading coin company, we receive new and repeat orders from every branch of the military including orders for police coins, firefighter coins, navy coins, army coins, air force coins and marine corps coins.

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We Offer Engraving

Yes, as a coin designer we are able to engrave coins for an additional charge. You can personalize your design by engraving them with a small logo, message or date. If you need help figuring out how to fit a message on your coin, call us. Our company is full of experts that will be glad to help you figure out text placement and ideas. We have developed a process that makes it easy for our customers to order custom military coins.

We’ll work with you to create an original design or we can customize a pre-existing idea you may have. The Monterey Company is full of experienced staff that can provide you with suggestions to enhance or modify your design as needed in order to ensure that your coin is perfectly suited for production. Once you approve a final design, the mold is die-struck into thick bronze or copper. Both sides are struck at the same time, then electroplated, sandblasted and polished. Hard enamel color is added before polishing and soft enamel is added after polishing.

How Long Does It Take to Make a Customized Coin?

Production time varies depending on the style of the coin you choose. However, it normally takes between 2 to 3 weeks to create your design. Rush jobs are able to be accommodated for an additional charge.

Become a part of the tradition by giving your employees or club members personalized coins. We have low minimum quantities and fast production times and we give all of our customers the best quality, best prices, and top-notch customer service. Learn more about how the military use challenge coins on Wikipedia.

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