Challenge Coins as Commemorative and Recognition Pieces

Challenge Coins have a well know history within the military as recognition pieces.  Some of their history, use and popularity within all branches of the armed forces are explored in this article.  This also helps to understand the increasing popularity of the coins outside of the military.

Corporations, Non-Profits, Colleges, Universities and more are using Challenge Coins more often for a variety of purposes. With two imprint areas (front and back), choices of metal finishes (gold, nickel, antique bronze, etc) and the option to add color to the design, the uses and possibilities are endless.

One of our clients holds a sales achievement incentive trip in a different location each year.  At dinner on the first night each attendee receives a Challenge Coin.  They use one side for the corporate logo then add the year, location and an image that pertains to that location in color on the back.  We’ve done waves, cactus, palm trees and more.  The first year someone qualifies for the trip they also receive a wooden display.  Once back to their office they can display the coins and add to their collection each year when they qualify.  These coins serve as a momemto of the trip, recognition of their achievement and also as an incentive to achieve the goals needed to qualify for the next trip.

Non-Profits can utilize the coins to recognize individuals for their volunteer hours or service.  By adding the organization’s logo on one side with a slogan or motto then adding the volunteer hours on the back you create a piece that not only shows your appreciation but gives the recipient and additiona sense of pride by recognizing the hours they have served.  This concept can also extend to recognizing all volunteers that helped achieve a larger project.  Add the date and project on the 2nd side to commemorate all the hard work and dedication to help achieve it.

Ground Breakings and Building Dedication ceremonies are ideal events for keepsake Challenge Coins.  The College or University logo can decorate one side in color and we can add the architect rendering of the building on the opposite side. Include a 1 piece display stand and these coins become a beautiful gift.

Alumni love the opportunity to display any item with the logo of their Alma Mater.  A Challenge Coin is beautiful incentive to join and Alumni Association or to recognize members for their years of membership, such as 10 years, Lifetime member, etc.    Coins also make excellent graduation gifts with the logo on one side and the year on the other.  Or we add an iconic image from campus on the 2nd side.  Challenge Coins also make excellent recognition items for faculty and staff and can be used for Speaker Gifts or special visitor gifts.

Rebranding, mergers and name changes offer opportunities to the corporate world to incorporate Challenge Coins into their marketing.  Utilizing one side of the coin to reiterate the company mission statement, slogan or a quote is a gift new employees can keep on their desk or a way to introduce a rebranding campaign.  Presenting coins featuring the new logo and mission statement to all employees at the announcement of a merger can help alleviate fears and discord.

Sales achievements, company goals and more can all be recognized and awarded with challenge coins as well.  Smaller and less expensive than traditional awards, coins make it possible to recognize the achievements of individuals, teams or all employees and staff.

Let us help you design a challenge coin to perfectly convey your message and achieve your goals.

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With a variety of style options, we can design the perfect Challenge Coin for your needs.  Click here to see a sampling of our options.     866-247-4320

Taking Awards to the Next Level

When choosing awards or commemorative crystal gifts, taking a leap beyond the typical choices will set you apart and give the recipients a beautiful, unique piece they can display on a shelf, desk or in a case with pride.  The illumachrome technique allow a full color image (picture, design, art, logo, etc) to be applied to the crystal, giving it a multi dimensional appearance with added visual interest.

This process creates unique gifts and awards to commemorate any event, recognize achievements or product launches and more. A creative way to incorporate the location of your incentive trip or convention by using an image of the resort or a landscape picture of the area on the awards given out at your event.  Another creative use would be featuring a picture from a project or a volunteer event on a crystal paperweight for each person involved or that contributed.  Need a nice gift to commemorate a new building dedication or ground breaking- use the architect rendering as the background for an piece that will be treasured- a great ideas for colleges, universities and hospitals. Feature a new piece of equipment or a product and add the launch date and company logo to the front for an eye catching piece.  I can’t think of an industry that these would not have a use in.  This technique is especially popular with Colleges and Universities, the Technology Industry, Equipment Manufacturing, Medical Field and for sales and achievement awards. There are so many ways to use this decorating technique that the sky really is the limit.

If you love the look of these awards, but don’t have an image to use, don’t worry. This can also work with stock images or a full color design (some examples are in the video).  We have a vast library of full color photos to fit most industries and we can help you find the perfect one for your awards.

And if you are looking for a piece that will sit out on a desk or counter and you need a design on both sides, this techniqe is perfect.  A backer can be added then printed with an additional message making the piece a 2 sided “billboard” and increasing the visibility of your message.  Using this process is perfect for product launches and for the pharmaceutical industry.

Need more ideas?  We are happy to help, brainstorm or make suggestions!

This video explains the process and features beautiful awards and gift ideas to give you ideas and get those creative juices flowing.

Contact us today for more information and ideas on how we can help you with these unique awards and gifts.