Coin making has become a profit oriented business these days. Manufacturers of all levels are busy in the coin productions round the clock. In the ancient times, coins were used mostly for identifications and currency purposes but custom coins are used for a broader perspective in this modern age. Armed Forces had been the biggest customers of the coins for long. Millions of the custom coins are manufactured for the various departments of the military including Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. All departments have their own customized challenge coins for multiple objectives.
There are many concocted or claimed stories about the start of the challenge custom coins. Some give credit to the Roman Empire, some relate coins with the Boar War in 1899 and some history experts favor U.S. Military in this regard. The last argument has been accepted by most of the audience. The story is that in the World War1, U.S Air Force pilots had been issued coins for the identification of their unit membership. One of the pilots had been arrested but he managed to escape. When he was rushing towards the border area, he was stopped by a French officer who was performing his duty over there. As the pilot had disguised himself as a civilian, he had to show that gold plated bronze coin for his identification. After that incident, the U.S military had issued such kind of coins to all the departments.
Custom coins are manufactured in different metals like gold, silver, bronze, nickel and brass. In all the metals, their antique versions are also available. As the coins are being used by commercial and noncommercial organizations as well, more varieties and qualities are demanded of them. NGOs use custom coins for fund raising, social awareness, and other social objectives. Customized coins are given to the new entrance in the companies as well to boost up their associations with the company.
The custom coins are manufactured in a way that all the specifications and quality regarding issues are met properly. Production process consists of stamping, cutting, edging, painting, baking, polishing, Screening and packing. The quality control department inspects all the stages very strictly from raw material purchasing to the delivery of finished goods. At the same time QC department coordinates with the legal and sales department to minimize the risk of fake coins in the market.
In the stamping process, dies of the approved designs are used to create images on the metal sheet. These stamped metal pieces are sent to the edging and cutting department to get shaped coins. To get colorful coins, these raw coins are painted with epoxy paints to make them rust free. After baking at 1600F, the paint work is completed. To get the ultimate finish, polish is applied to the each coin. After that these coins are packed in various cases and sent to the warehouse. To ge5t cost under the allocated budgets, determined standards are followed strictly.