How to Make Custom Coins

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How to Make Custom Coins
You can design a coin with whatever image you like. (Butterfly coin image by free_mind from Fotolia.com)

Roman emperors used to mint coins featuring their own likenesses as a marketing and public relations strategy. Why not follow this example and mint your own coins? You can distribute them to your friends, family members, coworkers and neighbours. You don't need a mint or any special equipment in your home. There are plenty of services that will manufacture the coins for you. You can draw up your own plans or work with a graphic artist to get just the right image.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Write down some ideas for your coin. Include text and images. You can even design coins in unique shapes or coins with cutouts. Remember while you're designing that the coin will be small, probably less than two inches in diameter. Don't try to fit too much information on the coin or else it will be illegible. Remember that the coin has two sides you need to design.

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    Sketch out some plans for the coin. Try placing an image in the middle and surrounding the image with your text. Usually one image per side of the coin is enough. If you have a lot of text that you want to include, some coin makers can print text on the side of the coin as well as on the faces.

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    Check out some custom coin makers such as Unit Coins (unitcoins.us), Regency Mint (regencymint.com) and Coins for Anything (coinsforanything.com). These companies all specialise in making custom coins for military challenges and personal use. The companies have different services and different rules. Some have a 100 coin minimum order. Some will make coins with your drawings, and some have graphic designers on staff to work with you. Choose the service that best matches your needs.

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    Send your designs to the coin maker you choose. The coin maker will look at the designs, make suggestions if anything needs to be altered and give you a quote.

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    Confirm that everything on your design is exactly the way you want it on your coin. Make sure that everything is spelt correctly and that all the dates are correct.

  6. 6

    Approve the final design for the coin maker. Pay for your coins and wait for your custom coins to arrive.

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