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Custom Hard Enamel Challenge Coins:
A Classic Choice for Life’s Meaningful Moments

Hard enamel is considered the second-most-popular style for challenge coins, right behind soft enamel. These coins have a timeless, high-end appearance that makes a dazzling first impression on any occasion.

What is a hard enamel challenge coin?

Like with soft enamel coins, hard enamel challenge coins begin as die struck pieces. Paint is added to the recessed areas, but unlike with soft enamel coins, that paint is poured all the way to the top. This creates a uniform surface without the raised edges that soft enamel coins are known for. After the colorfill, the challenge coins are heat-treated to dry and harden the enamel. Then, they are plated with a metal like gold, silver, or bronze and polished to a high, lustrous shine. This results in a smooth and glassy finish versus the textured, ridged feel of soft enamel.

Hard enamel pins have a sleek, professional look and durable finish that many customers prefer. What’s more, they can be cut into an array of shapes and sizes. Despite its versatility, hard enamel may not be the ideal choice if your coin design has a large amount of detail—like fine lettering. This is because these details tend to get buffed away during the polishing process, which can compromise your design.

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What are hard enamel challenge coins used for?

With their upscale appearance and quality construction, hard enamel challenge coins resemble fine jewelry. That’s why they’re a frequent choice for:

Military challenge coins
Navy challenge coins
Marine Corps challenge coins
Masonic challenge coins
Police challenge coins
Army challenge coins
Air Force challenge coins
Firefighter challenge coins
Employee recognition challenge coins
Award challenge coins
Membership challenge coins
Anniversary challenge coins

Key Features of Hard Enamel Challenge Coins

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Smooth, glossy surface

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High-end, jewelry-like appearance

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Durable, scratch-resistant finish

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Higher price point than soft enamel coins

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Makes a meaningful gift

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Ideal for: Awards, membership tokens, anniversaries

Order Your Custom Hard Enamel Coins Today

Whether you’re already set on a design—or you need some creative inspiration from our experts—we’re ready to help you create your ultimate challenge coin. Our knowledgeable team is on hand to guide you through every phase of the process. In fact, you’ll work with the same person from the moment you submit your order to the time your custom challenge coins arrive on your doorstep.

View pricing for custom hard enamel coins or start your order now. Questions? Call us at 800-890-2789. Our friendly representatives are ready to help!

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