How US military challenge coins are made.

How US military challenge coins are made.

US Military challenge coin dieChallenge coin designs begin with the mold, a soft iron blank has the design machined into it. Heat treating the die with a flame hardens the die for durability and longjevity.

Using a 5 ton press to strike the bronze blank transfering the design as a positive into the blank. A layer of lubricant is painted on between strikes keeping the coin blanks from sticking when struck and to extend the life of the die.

After being struck the coins are finished by sandblasting and or polishing, then colors are added and the gold or nickel plating is applied last. The coins are usually die struck in pure bronze which is used for its malleability and durability after striking.

These coins attain a deeply finer detail than diecast coins. Die casting is not as accurate a means of keeping the smaller details clear and crisp, a die struck coin can have smaller finer details in the basic design.

Die struck US military coins are sought after by collectors from all on the US Military, soldiers, sailors and airmen collect challenge coins and trade then too. And now more and more private civilian collectors are popping up online and in the auctions. The popularity of military challenge coins is growing every year. US Military men and women are awarded a coin when they complete training or mission these are normally given by the commanders and are sometimes called commanders coins. These coins are given for achievement or recognition, and are treasured by the men and women in uniform. They are not normally traded or given away.

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