The right challenge coin display can make your coins shine...
A great challenge coin is a an impressive work of art on a small, metal canvas. Because of the small size and limited range of colors available, the artist must plan their designs wisely. If they design the coin well, though, it can inspire and drive deep emotion.
Some coins carry a special weight because of the memories they provoke. When a veteran picks up or views a coin they received in-service, memories of accomplishments, events, and of their fellow troops can be very powerful.
While some may carry their coins with them or store them away as keepsakes, others want to keep them on display. Here are some ways to do that:
- Challenge Coin Easels (or Stands): Usually made of enamel or of metal, these are the simplest display option and work great for making your coin visible on a desk, on a shelf, or on a mantel. What's also great about this option is that it's "expandable" - as you get more coins, you can get more easels to extend your display. At AttaCoin, we offer beautiful and economical challenge coin stands.
- Challenge Coin Cases (or Coin Capsules): While not a display option by themselves, cases protect a coin displayed in the open and can also give your display a more premium look. These are made of hard, scratch-resistant plastic and either twist or shut tight. Since capsules are size specific, make sure you know how big your coins are (typically 1.5" and 1.75"). We offer 1.75" cases in our store.
- Challenge Coin Racks: This is the next level up from easels. Racks are usually made of wood which gives them a premium look. They will typically hold anywhere from 2 - 20 coins in rows of 4-6 coins each. These are also great, especially when you know how many coins you'll be displaying.
- Challenge Coin Boxes: Typically, these boxes are made of wood with a clear top made of enamel or of glass. The viewer will look at the coin from above and then open the box if they wish to look more closely.
- Challenge Coin Display Cases: A display case is usually hung on the wall (like a picture) and has a glass front. Inside the case are racks that allow each coin to be displayed vertically. These can get very large, holding up to 50 coins or more. You may be able to get these with engraving and even your service branch logo (Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.) - check out MI Engraving for great custom options and a Veteran-Owned Business!
- Military "Shadow Box" Frames: These is a highly specialized military coin holder meant to display memorabilia including medals, coins, and flags. Typically they will be shaped to a specific purpose or custom made. Very often, memorabilia is included with a folded flag in memoriam of a deceased service person.
- Other Options: While we've covered the most common options, there are other creative challenge coin display options out there... If you look around on the web, you'll find domes, rotating displays, and even services that will encase your coin in lucite. Also, have a look at "poker chip displays" - some of these can make excellent options for your challenge coins.
Picking the right display option is a very personal choice. That said, with the range of options available here and at other retailers, we're confident that you'll find a great way to make your coin shine.