Combining Gold and Silver: Custom Coins with Dual Plating
Each custom coin is unique in its own way. However, in the line of their collection, many customers want their custom-minted coins to look more exceptional and truly stand out from the majority. This is when we suggest coins with dual plating as a winning option. We achieve their superior appearance through impeccable embossing and skilfully placed accents in 24K Gold and 999 Fine Silver. That way, your individualised pieces possess an extraordinary charm and aesthetic perfection, while at first sight making you think of currency coins.
CoinsForAnything has prepared engaging information for you to decide if bi-metal coins are an option for you.
The Basics Around Making Coins with Dual Plating
Creating a custom coin design requires careful thought in many aspects. Thus, a coin designer who is working on a medal’s mockup will offer several kinds of finishes to the client. Today, we will focus on the options of bi-metal production and dual-plating finish. Scroll through the most typical questions about coins with dual plating to find comprehensive answers.
What does It Mean When Coins are Called Dual-Plated or Bi-Metal?
Coins with dual plating come in two colours, as they have two different metals on their surface. The most typical combination is gold and silver. This blend of precious metals is considered classic for this coin type and is the most sought-after. Other, less common metal compounds are rose gold and silver or gold. A custom coin design can either be minted into pieces composed from solid gold and silver. Also, a coin manufacturer can apply it to a base metal, which is then covered through the process of electroplating. This is how we achieve a bi-metal look through dual-plating. “Dual” because we are using two different metals for the coin finish.
You might also have heard of double-plating. This term describes another circumstance: It means, that your custom-minted coin round is plated twice to ensure a long-lasting plating.
What do Bi-Metal Coins Look Like?
When talking about the appearance of coins with dual plating, we need to mention the various finishes one can choose from. Our specialists can be either polish, sandblast, or make the two metallic colours look antique or matte. Have a glimpse in our Coin Gallery to find out which finish is your preferred one. Generally speaking, the polished or polished and matte versions look quite modern and glossy, while an antique finish gives the medals a noble, aged look.
If uncertain what to choose, Contact us and our coinage experts will be happy to help out with advice for your personal bi-metal coins-project.
How are Coins with Dual Plating Made?
The most common method we use to achieve the two-metals look is electroplating in two steps. It has its own specific characteristics and a clear algorithm of application.
When electroplating is used, newly custom-minted coins are ground and placed into a container with a special solution including the desired metal (gold or silver). An electric current is passed through the tank to kick-off a chemical reaction that results in the formation of an enduring layer of precious metal on the custom-minted coins’ core metal surface. It is utterly important to choose a base metal that easily accepts plating and “holds on” the particles.
After the first layer of metal plating has completely dried, our technicians apply a protective coating on the areas that should keep this first colour. Subsequently, the pieces are subject to another galvanising process to add a second metal to the untreated areas on the surface of the coin. Thus, coins with dual plating are made.
When producing bi-metal coins, CoinsForAnything utilises only the finest quality precious metals and state-of-art equipment. Furthermore, we provide a wide choice of coin size options. Your custom-minted coins can be as small as 10 mm or as huge as 250 mm. Contact us to learn more about your options when designing custom coins.
Is It Possible to Add Enamel Colours to My Dual-Plated Coins?
Indeed, it is possible, yet not common. Your coins with dual plating acquire an even more unusual and sophisticated appearance when completed with colour. Specialists at CoinsForAnything can highlight certain elements of the medal’s design and cover them with either soft or hard enamel, on top of the differently plated areas of your coins. Just mind that when working with solid precious metals, any plating or addition of enamel colour alters the purity of the used core material.
What is the Base Metal Used to Produce Coins with Dual Plating?
It all depends on the client’s initial idea and preferences. Coins with dual plating can be minted with any core, as long as the chosen metal accepts .999 Fine Silver and 24K Gold plating. Although, the most typically used core metal is bronze, thanks to its valuable properties, affordable price, and excellent minting results as well as acceptance of electroplating.
If not double-plated, we can mint different areas of your coins from different core metals and assemble those. These pieces are then called bi-metal coins.
Is There a Minimum Order for Dual-Plated Coins?
No, CoinsForAnything does not set a minimum quantity for orders of coins with dual plating. Our customers can purchase a small number of coins or even a single commemorative coin with their own design, regardless of the finish and plating they decide on.
How to Design Impressive Coins with Dual Plating
We do our best to provide our customers with a convenient and user-friendly experience. The creation of impressive designs plays a significant role in final client satisfaction. We need you to be able to envision how the result will look like before even starting to make your coin dies and produce your coins with dual plating.
Our coin designers are masters of their craft. However, to develop a harmonious and eye-pleasing coin design, they need to know what the customer’s vision of it is. Our handy, multifunctional tool called the Coin Configurator was specifically designed for this purpose. Using it, you can experiment with different finishes, add special coin edge treatment to your design, and even create alternative versions to choose from later.
When clicking through Coin Configurator, you can also choose sophisticated coin packaging to complement your coins with dual plating. Together, coins and frames will form an exquisitie ensemble that the recipient will surely love.
Bi-Metal or Coins with Dual Plating – CoinsForAnything Manufactures Them Perfectly
Thanks to their resemblance with numerous currency coins, bi-metal coins and coins with dual plating are exquisite, customised pieces of collector’s grade. They make an appropriate commemorative present or merit award. The combination of gold and silver, regardless if solid or plated, always looks elegant and classy. To add a touch of flair to the coin pattern, some details can be highlighted with enamel colours at your discretion.
In any case, we will make sure that your double-plated coins have an unbeatable look. Contact us, so our team can start working on them today!
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