How to Choose The Right Challenge Coins Size | Exclusive Tips

Written by Robin Brown on January 18, 2021
Not sure what size to make your challenge coin? I know how you feel? It’s not easy when every small change to your pin changes the price.Don’t stress any longer. Here are five things to consider before choosing the size of your coin.

1.  Challenge Coin Size Options

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Before you decide on a size, you need to understand what options are available.

The sizing options you have will depend on your manufacturer. Some might only make coins at specific intervals such as 1″, 1.5″ and 2″.

While others make coins that are any size between a range such as 0.5″ to 2.5″. Other manufacturers may have no limits on the sizing options of your challenge coins.

If you have started working with a manufacturer, understand their limitations.If you don’t have a manufacturer yet, research their different sizing options before you decide.

2. Standard Challenge Coin Size

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The standard challenge coin you see will be around 1.5″ and 2″. But, challenge coins can take on any size.You can use smaller or larger coins, depending on your needs.

Why is 1.5″ to 2″ the standard challenge coin size?

This is because it’s the perfect balance of detail, weight, and portability. At 1.5″ coins are not too big that they are a hassle to carry. And they are not too small that they are easily lost.

Finally, most challenge coins have a moderate to a high level of detail. At 1.5,” the coins are large enough to display intricate detail.

Remember that challenge coins started as a badge system. This means they needed to carry their coin every day.To achieve this, a coin of 1.5″ is easy to carry but still has a visual impact.

3. Consider size when you design your challenge coins

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The design of a challenge coin will play an essential role in size. Thus, it’s better to have your design planned out before you select a size.

Some manufacturers may ask you to choose a size before the design is final. Avoid doing this because the size can end up ruining your design.

The size of your coin will depend on the level of detail in your designs.

● Little Detail coins design

Designs with little detail can be smaller than designs with more detail. If your design has larger shapes and designs, then smaller coins will work fine.
This is because larger shapes are easier to see and don’t need much space. If your designs are simple, then you can consider using sizes smaller than 1.5″.

●Heavy Detail coins design

Designs with heavy detail must have larger pin sizes. This is the reason standard challenge coins are around 1.5″.
At 1.5,” the coins can easily capture intricate detail without a problem. Heavy detail includes gradient lines, texture lines, and subtle pieces to the artwork.

For designs with heavy detail, don’t create a pin that is smaller than 1.5″. For the best results, you can opt for coins at large as 2″. But in most cases, pins larger than 2″ won’t help you show more detail.

Pins larger than 2″ are more a stylistic choice or due to purpose rather than the need to capture detail.

4. Budget for different size of challenge coins

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The budget is always involved when deciding your challenge coins. It’s pretty straightforward; small coins are cheaper than larger coins.

The price between smaller coins such as 0.25″ and 1″ does not differ very much. But, the price increase between 1″ and 2″ is much more drastic.

It’s always more costly to make pins larger because you need more metal and paint. If you are on a budget, you might want to opt for a smaller pin and reduce your design detail.

5. Purpose

You should also consider the purpose of the coin.
If you expect people to hold the coin on them every day, you want a moderate-sized coin. Time has proven that a coin around 1.5″ to 2″ is the best for daily use.

If you want to display your challenge coins in premium casing or packaging, then coins 2″ or larger is ideal.

If you are giving out pins in bundles or as a group, you should use smaller pins. Pins smaller than 1.5″ typically have less detail and should be stored in a multi-coin case.


That wasn’t so hard, was it. With the right tips, choosing the right size is easy. Here is everything you need to choose the best size for your challenge coin.

Now get out there and start producing your pins.
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Article written by Robin Brown
Robin Brown is part of the content team at Vivipins where he develops resources to help customers start and grow their own businesses.
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