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A selection of five custom coins made to commemorate military units, EDC groups and pop-culture genres.

How to Make Custom Coins - A Beginner’s Guide

Custom coins, also known as challenge coins or custom tokens, are a unique and memorable way to commemorate special events, honor achievements & military units, or promote your brand. 

We can make personalized coins in loads of shapes, sizes, and materials, making them a versatile and customizable option for any occasion.

Our easy-to-follow guide will walk you through creating personalized coins, from design to production. 

Whether you want to make custom coins for a special event or your business, this guide will give you all the information you need to get started.

Step 1: Determine Your Coin's Purpose and Design

Before we begin the production process, it is crucial to determine the purpose and design of your custom coins. Are you creating them for a military unit? Or are you looking to use them as promotional items for your business or brand?

Once you have determined the "why" of your coins, you can start brainstorming design ideas. Consider incorporating elements meaningful to the occasion or your brand, such as logos, dates, or mottos. Choose from various shapes to make your coins stand out, including round, square, or custom shapes.

Step 2: Choose the Material & Production Method for Your Custom Coins

We offer several production methods for custom-made coins, each with advantages and limitations. They include:

The more detail and effects you add to your coin, the more expensive each unit will become, however, using these production methods can give your products a unique look that sets them apart from mediocre designs.

The material you choose for your custom coins will depend on your budget, design, and desired aesthetic. Some popular options include:

  • Gold
  • Antique Gold
  • Nickel
  • Antique Nickel
  • Antique Silver
  • Black Dye
  • Matt Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • Coloured Plating

Step 3: Create the Design for Your Coins

Once you have determined your custom coins' purpose, design, and material, it is time to create the actual design. 

When designing your custom coins, remember the size and shape of the coins and any text or images you want to include. It is also essential to think about the production process and any limitations that may affect the final design.

We can work with:

  • AI Files
  • Jpegs
  • PNGs
  • Photos
  • Sketch

We've even been known to create awesome merch from a written description.

Step 4: Contact Made by Cooper

Once you’re happy with your design or idea, get in touch with our team, and they’ll take your order and pass your idea to the design team, who’ll get your design production ready. There are limitations to what we can achieve with custom coins, so our expert designers will tweak your image to comply with production guidelines.

Our design service won't cost you anything and includes unlimited revisions (as long as you stick to your original design) with your order so you can make your own recommendations to ensure we stick to your original vision as faithfully as possible.

Step 5: Approve the Final Design and Production

Once we’ve created the visual, it’s up to you to approve the final design of your coin, and when you’re happy, we’ll send the file to our factory, and production will begin.

Step 6: Receive and Distribute Your Custom Coins

When production is complete, we’ll dispatch your challenge coins to your chosen address. You can use them as gifts, promotional items, keepsakes for your special event or sell them in your store.

Social media is a fantastic way to market your coins and get the word out about your organization, unit, or group. We share our work across all social media platforms, but we’ve had the most joy on Instagram, amassing over 50,000 followers.

Tips for Creating High-Quality Custom Coins

  • Keep the design simple, and don't overcrowd the coins with too much text or images.
  • Listen to the advice of our designers; they’ve been doing this for a very long time.
  • Consider the purpose and audience of the coins when designing them.
  • Be sure to proofread all text and double-check all details before giving final approval.
  • Consider adding special features, such as a 3D design or a unique finish, to make your coins stand out.

Key Takeaways

Creating personalised coins is a fun and creative way to commemorate special events, honour achievements, or promote your brand. Our easy-to-follow guide can help you easily create custom coins and make them a memorable and meaningful addition to any occasion. 

Remember to carefully consider your coins' purpose, design, material, and production method to ensure a high-quality and successful result.

Follow our Instagram account for more inspiration, and once you’ve settled on your design, contact us to get the ball rolling.

Made by Cooper
February 22 2024

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