Custom Enamel Coloured Coins: All You Need to Know

Custom Enamel Coloured Coins: All You Need to Know

Hard and soft enamel coloured coins are the most common reward in the military and a perfect fit for any civil event. Make your custom coins shine with colours! 

Why Would One Buy Enamel Coloured Coins? 

Colour makes all the difference. Bright enamel on custom-minted coins does wonders. Whether you want your logo coins to be eye-catching, your festival to have some decent giveaways, you’d like to honour a deserving warrior, or you want to present a memorable souvenir to your distinguished guests, custom-designed coloured coins are your best go-to option

The immense popularity of colourful coins that they have been enjoying for quite a while now only continues to grow. There is a “gold standard” for decorating custom pieces with dazzling paints among professional coin makers. For this purpose, they use hard and soft enamel colours. As recognised coinage experts, we know all about coloured coins. Our team would like to share our knowledge about coloured coins. It will make it easier for you to choose between soft and hard enamel coins when it comes to minting your own individual pieces.

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Hard Enamel Coins vs. Soft Enamel Coins. Which Version Should You Pick? 

We know better than anyone that you want splendid coloured coins that fully meet your expectations. To make them exactly like that, we need to know how you envision them, and what exactly you expect from their appearance. Do you want their surface to be polished, matte, or textured? Does the design of your pieces contain many small elements? What and how many different colours would you like to add to your coin design? Is a three-dimensional, sculpted appearance your goal? 

The answers to these and some other questions will allow us to recommend the type of coloured enamel that will best help us implement your coin project. Let us lift the curtain for you and give you a better understanding of what coloured coins with hard and soft enamel fillings have in common and what makes them different

Core Metals to Produce Exquisite Coloured Coins

We always take an extremely responsible approach to choosing the base metal for coin production. After all, this fateful decision further affects the quality of mintage and, accordingly, the appearance of the finished product. Most often, we give preference to such metals as bronze or brass. They have an excellent reputation and have been the first choice for coinage since ancient times. However, we are open to your enquiries for custom enamel coins made from any other metal alloys if your project requires it. In the production of both hard enamel and soft enamel coloured coins, we use the same metals and metal alloy. There are no fundamental differences in this aspect. If you are interested in the details of custom coin production, you may familiarise yourself with how a coin is minted.

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Appearance and Touch of Your Coloured Coins: Glossy Relief or Filled to Even?

Now, we come to the most interesting part, the difference between soft enamel coins and hard enamel coins. The most fundamental difference is a) how they look and b) how they feel when you touch them

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So, let’s take a look at the soft enamelled medals first:

  • Soft enamel coins distinctively show the relief of your individual coin design stamped into the metal. Soft enamel colours are applied to the recessed areas, following their shape and depth. Soft enamel colour highlights on embossed coins accentuate the different raised and recessed areas, as both metal and soft enamel colour capture and reflect light, giving them quite a lively look. 
  • Running your finger lightly over their surface gives you the full sensation of your custom-made coins with soft enamel highlights. You can feel their relief and distinguish enamel coloured recessed from metallic raised areas. Yet, other than their looks nothing about “soft enamel colours” is actually soft. The paint hardens out as your coloured coins are resistant to impacts of all kinds.

Now, let’s move on to the specifications of hard enamel coins:

  • The surface of hard enamel coins is absolutely smooth. You can’t see the relief of your stamped design, since the recessed areas are filled with enamel and polished on the exact same level such as their entire surface being flat, smooth, and shiny. As colours are flush with the raised metal, hard enamel coins look bulkier yet perfectly smooth;
  • When you touch our superb hard enamel coloured coins, you will feel a pleasant smoothness, as if you were running your finger over a mirror, for instance.
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Relief and Touch Apart: Are There Any Other Differences Between Hard and Soft Enamel Coins? 

When it comes to producing coloured coins with enamel, there are some differences between using hard enamel and soft enamel. Although the initial stages of production are the same, the enamel application process is where the nuances occur. In both cases, coloured enamel is applied to the recessed areas of the coin before being baked in an oven to solidify and make it durable. With soft enamel, the enamel adheres to the recessed areas and stops below the metal contours of the raised areas, whereas hard enamel requires multiple layers of paint to fill in the recessed parts with the correct colour shade. The coins are then polished for a smooth finish, and both versions are resistant to external impacts. To ensure the best outcome for your individual set of coloured coins, it’s always best to discuss your design ideas with our designer’s team to align the enamel process with your specific needs.

It’s High Time to Order YOUR Own Coloured Coins! 

We’ve outlined it, and you read it: Hard enamel coins and soft enamel coins vary in production, appearance, and touch. This is a fact. No one, however, will tell you that one type is superior to the other. Each of them has its own iconic flavour and only your vision of your coin project will dictate which type of coloured enamel you should choose. We, in turn, will make them extraordinary and one-of-a-kind, high-quality works of art.

Contact us today and enquire about a set of samples to compare for yourself and make an all-senses-educated choice!

Disclaimer: Our products on this page are known as “Coins” in order to comply with general linguistic usage. It should be expressly pointed out that it concerns, however, individually embossed medals and no current or former means of payment/currency.