Police challenge coins are among the most popular commemorative custom coins. While police forces may not always have the best reputation, it is clear that among the service forces, most people still have a high regard for the police. Custom coins are particularly important for police since they are constantly putting their lives on the line when they are out on the streets. Thus, these coins can serve not only to remind them of their mission to serve and protect the public, but also to build a sense of camaraderie with their fellow officers. Feeling that they can trust their fellow police is important to how effectively they can do their jobs.
One important way that police custom coins are used is to remember an officer who has fallen in the line of duty. They can be given out during memorials to his fellow officers in order to commemorate him. These coins might have the officer’s face or name on one side and the insignia of the police department he served with on the other, as well as an inscription such as “In Memoriam” and the date he fell.Police challenge coins can also be used as a way to create closer ties between the police and the community that they serve. The coins can be given to community leaders as well as other individuals who have supported the police. To distinguish them, the coins given to civilians can be mounted on a keychain while those designed for officers will remain stand-alone medallions.
Ultra-special police custom coins can also be used to as a way to reward officers who have served particularly long terms or distinguished themselves in the line of duty. There would only be a very few of these coins and they would be presented to the officers in a presentation box as if they were a medal. This indicates that these coins are not really designed to be carried around like regular medallions but kept in the box.
Some police forces also use custom coins as a way to raise money for charitable causes. For example, they can mint a limited quantity of these coins which they will auction off, and the proceeds will be donated to causes such as veterans’ organizations.
Designing Police Challenge Coins
The best way to get the best custom coins is to make full use of the options available in order to make the coins look distinctive and unique. It also helps avoid the coins being mistaken for actual coins by adding ornamentation.
For example, you can add a diamond-cut edge to the coins. These special edges help to make the designs on the face of the coins stand out. Or you can add a dual-tone finish to the face of the coin to make it look more striking and attractive as well as creating a more metallic appearance. Also consider having the design on the front embossed or add engraved text.
You also might want to consider creating a challenge coin that is a custom shape rather than the usual round one. For example, why not have a custom coin in the shape of a police badge? Of course, it should not be as large as an actual badge so it won’t look like the real thing but a coin-sized custom coin that looks like the one used by the issuing department would be a great memento.
One of the best things about ordering police challenge coins is that they are not that expensive to have minted, particularly if you can buy in bulk. And any custom features you may want to add will not increase the cost of the coin too much.