What is Dual Plating coins?

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You have designed the look of your own coins. You’ve picked out most of the customizations you want and looked at the proofs our artists made for you. All that’s left is to choose the plating option that goes best with your design and makes your coins stand out from the rest.

Super Challengecoins proofs often show more than one plating option, including the one you originally asked for and a few others that our artists think will work well with your design.

The dual plating upgrade we offer is one of the things you might want to think about. It’s a simple way to make sure your coin stands out and is easy to remember.

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The dual plate finish works for products that are 2D, 3D, or full-dimensional. Some awards and gifts, like custom badges, commemorative coins, belt buckles, key chains, etc., are often made with two layers of metal.

Normal products only come in one metallic color. like nickel plating, copper finish, gold plating, etc. A product with a single metal finish only needs to be plated once. A product with a dual metal finish, on the other hand, needs to be plated twice.


What is Dual Plating?

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Dual Plating means: If a badge or challenge coin has two-tone finishes, this means that it has dual plating.

In simple terms, dual platings mean that the surface of an item is made of two different metal colors. For example, gold plating and nickel plating are the most common two-tone finishes.

Other popular plating choices are black nickel and gold, antique bronze, and a combination of nickel and nickel finish. Police Badges with two colors of plating look better and more polite than those with just one color.


Dual plating’s effects

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When you pick the gold and silver plating option, your coins will have a much higher perceived worth with a coating that both blends in and stands out. Although dual-plated coins in both gold and silver are always striking, this is not the only dual-plating option available.

Additionally, the plating combination of black nickel and gold is quite eye-catching and captivating. When ancient gold is utilized, the overall effect is to give the coins a traditional and aged aspect. The dark hue of the nickel contrasts well with the shine of the gold creating a pleasant contrast.

Combine a black nickel coating with a copper base metal for a really distinctive look. Due to the rarity of this combination, dual-plated coins in these two metals often have a steampunk aesthetic. As a result, they stand out from the crowd.

We provide powder coating finishes in addition to our precious metal platings. Although these alternatives aren’t often utilized together, when a client asks us to do something we’ve never done before, we usually find out what is doable. As a result, use your creativity to the fullest when it comes to dual plating.


Dual plating as a Decoration

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It’s understandable why a client could choose dual plating to enhance contrast and provide a finished look for one or both sides of their coin, but altering the appearance of significant portions of your coin is not the sole justification.

Dual plating may also be used quite well to add minor details to coins.

Government and military clients often use a different plating than the remainder of the coin to balance off a particular component of the coin’s design.

The simplest approach to make a seal, logo, or other minor adornment stand out from the crowd is to plate it in a different metal.

Given their high perceived worth, dual-plated coins with excellent polish are wonderful gifts and incentives. Although they remain among of the most popular dual-plating alternatives, they are not the only ones available.

Simply inform the sales staff that you are interested in seeing how your coin will appear with two or more alternative plating choices, and our artists will be able to produce proof that will demonstrate the best choice for your design.

How are dual-plated challenge coins made?

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How to make the challenge coins with two layers of metal?
Use commemorative coins made just for you as an example. Below the US police, the challenge coin is a combination of old gold and old nickel finishes.

Here is a simplified version of the process of dual plating:

Step 1: Start with copper plating. It’s not very good.

Step 2: Choose an old nickel finish.

Step 3: Cover the nickel-colored part of the product with a layer of protective color so that the color doesn’t fade during the second plating.

Step 4: Make sure the coins are dry. Then the second layer of gold can be put on.

Step 5: Coat the old gold with gold.

How can I order coins with dual plating?

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Step1. Send an inquiry
Send us the design, size, color, number, and plating colors when you inquire (metal finish)

Step2. Verify the artwork design
We will indicate the size, color, plating color, attachment, and any other parameters on the artwork for approval.

Step3. Plan the production.

In terms of the cost of two-tone items, since dual plating is more costly than single plating and has a greater failure rate, the cost of dual-plated products is often higher.

Please email us at sales@superchallengecoins.com if you would like to create a special item for a military department or any significant dual-plated commemorative coin design.


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