To summarize, we will be speaking about coin size and available space, metal finish and reviewing your custom coin design at actual size prior to production.
If you apply the following tips you should have no problem designing a coin you will be proud to share with the world.
Metal finish or plating options
In my opinion metal finish is one of the most critical design choices. Plating is something you have absolute control over and selecting the correct plating option can make all the difference to not only the finished product but help expedite the manufacturing process. You should always select a plating option that is in alignment with your coin design or to put it another way, a metal finish that contributes to your overall coin design.
For example if you have a lot of yellow in your coin design then perhaps a shiny, antique or matte gold metal finish is your best option. Some custom coin vendors charge upgrade costs for certain metal finishes. In an effort to never stymie creativity and to make our coins as affordable as possible, we never charge upgrade fees for specific metal finishes. All our metal finishes are the same price! Dual plated and triple plated coins do carry additional cost.
We often hear people talk about location in real estate, location, location, location. I believe a similar mantra for custom coin design exists and it’s space, space, space. As great of a medium as customized coins are, they are not the most spacious promotional product available, and how much space you have will be determined by your desired coin size, and both the number and detail of design elements.
Too often people decide on coin size while remaining fluid with their design. This can lead to issues specifically when it comes to font sizes and any type overall. You may view a coin design on a 22 inch monitor and think what is this designer talking about when he says something is too small to paint or that type is going to be too small to read. Objectively reviewing your coin design at actual size is not only highly encouraged but absolutely crucial.
Does my design have too many paint colors?
Frequently people fall in love with the idea of enamel paint color. Enamel paint color is great but using too many colors may not only add cost but it will very likely add to the overall production time. Every step in the manufacturing process takes time and coloring is a big contributor to production time. Don’t look at enamel paint color as the only color you get. You also have the color of raised and recessed metal. Don’t be afraid to use it to its fullest potential.
Everything I have said here is solely about trying to deliver the best quality product in a reasonable timeframe. I don’t say these things in an attempt to extract more money from your pocket or disparage your ideas. If we say something is too small or we don’t think it will render well it’s because we care about you. We have seen a lot of designs in 10 years! I don’t want to see anyone end up with a coin they’re not as happy with as they could have been had they applied this information.
In the end it’s your design, your coin and your ideas. All we can do is try and steer you in a good direction. If you choose to go against good information and honest recommendations then that’s entirely up to you. That’s the beauty of free will and freedom of choice.
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