Challenge Coins

Originally created as mementos of military service, today challenge coins are also used by businesses, civic groups, sporting events and non-profits as valuable components of marketing and recognition programs.

Custom challenge coins are for more than just the military

The popularity of challenge coins has evolved from purely military to being embraced by organizations of all types for encouraging teamwork, accomplishment and goal setting. Medalcraft Mint designs and produces custom challenge coins for military, law enforcement, EMS, educational and other civilian purposes. Every step of the process takes place in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.

Our process begins with expert design and digital technology to create precision dies for use in each custom order. Heat treatment hardens the die and prepares it for the die-striking process. We use the die-striking process rather than casted molds because we can use higher-quality materials such as brass, bronze, copper and other precious medals for superior products.

The history behind challenge coins

The origin of challenge coins goes back all the way to the Roman Empire, which rewarded soldiers for their achievements with special coins. “Portrait medals” during the Renaissance commonly were minted to commemorate specific events, typically involving royalty.

One of the most commonly held beliefs has modern-day challenge coins gaining popularity from a single unit during World War I. The story goes that a wealthy lieutenant had given medallions to members of his unit. One young pilot placed his medallion in a leather pouch he wore around his neck. He was later shot down and made it back as far as the French lines, where the French originally thought him to be a saboteur. However, one of his captors recognized the squadron insignia on his medallion and it saved the pilot’s life.

It quickly became tradition that all members of the squadron carry their medallion at all times. The men would test each other to fulfill that edict by challenging to see the other’s medallion. If the challenged soldier could not produce his medallion, he was required to buy a drink for the challenger.

Outside of the military, challenge coins have become increasingly popular team-building pieces and commemoratives. Medalcraft Mint is honored to be the producer of choice for military and non-military customers alike across the USA.

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Why Medalcraft?

Your time is important. So are your budgets. With Medalcraft, you can protect both—all while receiving products of the highest quality, carefully handcrafted here in America.


We work hard to keep our products affordable, without sacrificing quality. In many cases, choosing Medalcraft can save you up to 20 percent compared to other manufacturers.


Our production times average two to three weeks, and we can accommodate rush orders even faster when necessary.


If you’re switching to Medalcraft from another manufacturer, we will re-create your die. Just send us your art and we’ll get to work, making it as simple as a re-order.


We custom build every single Medalcraft product right here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. That’s how we ensure higher quality, superior service and the best possible experience for our customers.


Medalcraft is known for such high quality and craftsmanship that we’ve been chosen as the exclusive designer and manufacturer of the official inaugural medal for several presidents of the United States.


We use only the highest-quality materials, selected for their purity and metallic composition. Skilled craftsmen die-strike all of our offerings from carefully selected brass, nickel-silver, bronze, copper and precious metals.

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