In the world of custom challenge coins, one of the first questions that often arises is regarding price or seeking the cheapest price. It’s a fair endeavor, but one that can sometimes lead to costly mistakes if not approached with care. At C. Forbes, Inc., we can understand the allure of seeking out the best deal, but we know that when it comes to custom challenge coins, quality and design should always take precedence over price.

Some Challenge Coins Are Just Bad

The pitfalls of working with a cut-rate challenge coin provider are numerous. These companies often prioritize mass marketing their services and offer low-quality imported products. They may boast of quick turnaround times and unbeatable prices, but what they fail to mention is the compromised quality. From poorly executed designs to subpar materials, the end result is often a coin that falls far short of expectations.

Once you realize what you’re getting, it’s usually too late to pivot and find another provider, especially given the turnaround time of the minting process; rushed or not, minting takes a few weeks. This is a crucial consideration that many fail to recognize in their quest for the lowest price. Sure, you might save a few dollars upfront by going with a cheaper option, but at what cost? A cut-rate coin could cost you your reputation – cheap hand-outs are always unsuitable. 

A Quality-First Approach

At C. Forbes, Inc., we take a different approach. We understand that a custom challenge coin is more than just a token – it’s a symbol of achievement, team pride, and honor. We’re committed to delivering the highest quality products and unparalleled customer service. At the end of our no-cost, no-obligation design process we’ll provide you with a detailed and comparative quote for both made-in-USA and import options, along with quantity price breaks and affordable packaging options.  Our quotes always include a list of the coin’s design components, so you know exactly what you’ll receive.

Let’s Talk Materials

Our challenge coins are typically made from raw brass. Brass gives each coin a nice weight or “gravity.” Brass also allows for die-striking, a process that presses literal tons of weight into the raw material resulting in deep design relief and superb durability. We offer zinc alloy and die casting as an option for those looking to save a bit. Zinc is a more affordable option that still allows for deep relief, but has a much lighter gravity. 

99% of our coins include enamel color fill instead of printed decals; although we offer decals if needed. All color-fill enamel is added to each coin by hand; a meticulous process that makes each coin a true work of art. Enamel fill can be color-matched to meet specific branding requirements, so please be sure to share any pertinent information with our design team so that we can ensure a perfect match. 

Pre-Production Sample

Preproduction samples are strongly recommended and can be delivered to your address for just $25. We’re confident in the accuracy of our artwork, but reviewing the product in hand is always helpful. A pre-production sample shows the detail of the coin’s die and allows for last-minute “soft-feature” revisions; aspects like: finish, color fill, and antiquing can all be adjusted before full production begins. If any “hard features” need to be revised, new die fees may apply. Hard features include aspects like wording or text, essentially any raised features of the design. 

From start to finish you’ll be guided through all options, from budget options to premium, without having to worry about the lack of quality or having to worry about things like hidden art fees. The price of our coins encompasses all the above.

Put Our Team To The Test

When you trust C. Forbes, Inc. to design and deliver your custom challenge coins, you’re not just getting a piece of metal – you’re getting a piece of history. Our team of experienced designers will work closely with you to bring your vision to life, ensuring that every detail is meticulously crafted to perfection. We are a small group of eager creatives who enjoy a challenge, so please feel free to give us a call to discuss your needs and ideas. Whether you’re commemorating a special event, honoring a deserving individual, or representing your organization, we’ll ensure that the coins we deliver will make a lasting impression on whoever receives them.

But don’t just take our word for it – our track record speaks for itself. We’ve had the honor of providing custom challenge coins for everyone from our local firehouse to the White House. Our commitment to quality and excellence has earned us the trust of clients across a wide range of industries, and we’re proud to continue serving as their go-to provider for all their custom coin needs.


Choose Quality – Choose C. Forbes, Inc.

Don’t settle for inferior alternatives. Contact C. Forbes, Inc. today to request a design/quote and experience the difference yourself. Our commitment to your satisfaction is unwavering, and we’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations at every turn. Choose quality. Choose C. Forbes, Inc.

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