Posted by Howard Oakley | Posted in Military | Posted on 06-11-2014
When you purchase custom coins, you need to supply designs or ideas to the manufacturer so they’ll know how to make your coins. You also have to choose among their coin style options such as the coin’s shape, metals, detailing, etc. If you haven’t ordered them before, here are some things you will likely encounter:
•Where to find makers of custom coins. You will see them on the Internet or by walking around malls and other commercial places. They are listed in classified ads and phonebooks as well. If you see people who own or sell personalized coins, ask where they got them. These coins are popular among different kinds of organizations, may they be from the military, education, corporate world, vocational sector, etc. It’s likely that these groups will have coins and they can refer the manufacturer to you.
•What happens when you reach them. Online businesses will probably have websites that allow you to process your order. They contain a gallery of their products and a guide to designing your coins. If you’ll do the transactions online, make sure that the site you use is legit. You can do a little online research for testimonials about their services. If you go to a physical store, you’ll see finished products and someone will talk to you to know what needs to be done. Just the same, you need to know how well these stores do their job by gathering feedback from previous customers. This keeps you safe from swindlers and unsatisfactory services.
•Giving your designs. You may customize your coins by handing over your designs or giving them some hints on what you want your coins to look like. These need to be saved in an image file and emailed to the manufacturer if you’re using a website. If not, you can just present the physical illustrations even if they are placed in an illustration board, a poster, paper, etc. You don’t need to provide them a complete sketch but take care to include the essentials, such as the words and images you want to engrave on the coins. There are artists that can help you with coin designing if you were unable to compose designs on your own. Companies that manufacture coins sometimes have artists that can help you, but you may also hire artists that are not associated with coin manufacturers. The advantage of getting an artist from the coin manufacturer is that they know how the coins are done so they can create a design that is suitable for the manufacturing process.
•Selecting your coin options. When there is already an agreed-upon main design, it’s time to furnish the coins with other features. Custom coins can be round, square, rectangular, polygonal, or have irregular shapes such as cut-out and bottle-opener varieties. Metals for coins are copper, brass, nickel, gold, and silver. These can be used as they are or polished, given an antique look, blackened, or mixed to produce a unique hue. You will also decide on colors, engravings, edge cuttings, engravings, attachments, coatings, and more. If you are keeping your options open, know all of the company’s services. Something they offer might interest you.
•Know how much you need to pay. Be sure to know how the services are priced at. They should have a price list; consult this and see if what they’re asking from you is correct. Additional features usually translate to additional expenses but they may also come for free.
It takes less than a month to receive finished custom coins upon ordering. Order early if you have a deadline. Record their contact details so you can get in touch with them when necessary.