The Versatility of Challenge Coins

A challenge coin is a coin-like item that is normally used to recognize an individual and sometimes a team or organization. The coins got their origins in the military where the coins were given to soldiers as recognition or reward for completing a challenge, hence the name Challenge Coin.

Read more about the history of the challenge coin in this informative article.

Custom Challenge Coins with a variety of decorating methods.


In addition to the military, police, government & fire departments frequently use coins, especially for acts of bravery. But these can also be used by private organizations to recognize a milestone like an anniversary, hitting a goal, completing a large project or even used as a business card (the kind that won’t get tossed in the trash!). Each President of the United States has their own challenge coin they present to individuals at their own discretion such as foreign heads of state, dignitaries and military personnel.

We have had clients use them as mementos for incentive trips, embellishing one side with each year’s location, making each year unique. Using coins this way creates a small, easy to display reminder of each trip qualified for- and is a subtle reminder to keep working toward the goal of the next trip!

Other ideas of ways to use Challenge Coins in your business, school or organization:

  • Volunteer appreciation
  • Meeting/exceeding sales goals
  • Safety awards
  • Given to members of a club or organization
  • Alumni gifts
  • Recognition of athletes (individual or team)
  • Commemorate retirement
  • Attendance gifts for special events
  • Fund raiser
  • Brand re-launch
  • Years of service awards
  • Commemorate an anniversary

Traditionally the “challenge” part of the coin is that everyone should carry their coin at all times and if they are challenged to show their coin and can’t present it, they have to buy a round of drinks. Although this is not appropriate for a work environment, tying the challenge portion in creatively can be a fun way to keep employees focused on a goal or objective. For example, if your goal is no lost time accidents, hand out coins to all employees. When they are randomly observed doing tasks in the correct & safe way AND they have their coin on them, they receive a small reward. There are many ways to tie the challenge into the coin to achieve goals if that is your objective.

We have worked with many businesses & organizations in developing Challenge Coin programs. Our options include both import and USA Made coins. Decorating options include digital print, 3D printing, die struck & die cast, enamel fill and more. While coins are traditionally round, we can also do custom shapes as well. We will work with you to find the best option for your project. Click here to see some of our options then contact us today to get started with ideas.

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