Coins are made in one of two ways:
Die-Cast (3D Molds)
Die casting is the process by which molten metal is poured into a die and left to cool and harden into a coin, medallion or other object shaped by the intricate details of the customised die. It is ideal for portraits and other elaborate images.
Die Struck (2D Molds)
Die struck coins are made through the process of force, where a metal press is used to stamp the die onto a raw metal and create the intended design. Die striking is ideal for detailed colourations with enamel and is often preferred in the case of higher quality metals.
Coin Plating Types and Styles
Coin plating offers a variety of metals, styles and finishes to choose from. Metals include gold, silver, nickel, and copper, and come with the option of a high-polished or antique finish — based on your preference for an elegant and shiny coin or a refined matte colour with timeless antique features. Your coin can also be “dual plated”, when more than one type of plating is used on the same coin.
The difference between hard and soft enamel lies in how the coin is finished. With hard enamel, any recessions left behind after moulding are filled with colour and are polished flush with the surrounding metal. With soft enamel, the coins are not polished and any added colour is left below the level of the raised metal. Other unique enamel finishes can be used in some designs, such as: neon, transparent, glitter and glow in the dark.
Custom Challenge Coin Pricing
The price of your custom challenge coin depends on two key elements in the production process:
Challenge coin makers rely on the same process used in the creation of currency coins, which all starts with the mold design. Because each mold is unique and requires detailed craftsmanship to develop, a mold fee applies to each new design in the coin-making process. Mold fees vary by coin size, shape, and other features, such as 3D elements and designs. As a standard, each 3D mold is charged as 2x the price of a 2D mold.
Price per Coin
The price per coin is calculated separately from the mould fee, and will depend on the coin’s size, complexity, and optional details. For example, the number of enamel colours, enamel filling areas and sizes, and the presence of 3D elements and custom shape edges which may include numbering, engraving and picture inserts will all be taken into consideration when calculating the price per coin.
Finally, serial numbers or customised names can be added elsewhere on the coin. The coin’s edge, aka “the third side of the coin”, is a great space to add lettering, numbers, and custom designs for an even more unique look. Edges can be engraved by hand-carving, with a laser, or moulded onto the coin during the casting process.
You can also turn your coin into a bottle opener, a keychain, make it into a pin or a magnet. Anything is possible. At Boss Coins, we love the challenge of producing complex coins which can be added to your collection of timeless pieces, serve as a wonderful gift coin or even find its own special place in history.