It’s no surprise that through history metals have been used as stores of value. Metals have something special about them which not only allows us to engineer products, but in many ways they standout amongst their fellows in the world of minerals. Obviously precious metals like gold and silver also have a lustre which attracts peoples’ attention, and a weight which sets them apart from other minerals, even though with many metals they are shortest lived of mineral types, subject to oxidation and erosion beyond that of the other forms. However when they are made into a custom medallion the likelihood that people will take this offering seriously immediately enhanced as the utility, strength and agreed value of metals is reason enough in itself, beyond the beauty and design of a medallion, to take any such offering seriously and look favourably upon the emblems and logos which are applied.


Having custom medallions made for your company or community organisation is a proven way to win friends and influence people. Not medallions seen as a store of value and something which is elevated above the ordinary level of general merchandise, but the right medallion suggests a level of exclusivity as they are generally only available if they have been gifted or as a part of a recognition or reward system initiated by an organisation. It’s not that everyone in the world can receive a specific custom medallion you have manufactured, they are only for the few, so even though the cost of producing a custom medallion is relatively low… often less than sourcing a promotional pen or a notepad, the perception is that they are things of high relative value and its perceptions which marketing and success in business are all about.


The cost of having custom medallions produced is something which may seem high at the outset but there are several reasons to come to understand that they are actually cheap products compared to many others which traditionally make up the range available to promotional marketers. The actual unit cost of medallions can vary substantially depending largely on the quantity being produced. There are significant set-up costs involved in producing medallions. The way they are made, using a die or a mould means that the majority of the investment is upfront and thereafter the increases in quantity make a major change in the right direction for unit cost. Also if you ever want to reorder the fact that you have already paid for a die or mould which can continue to be used for subsequent production runs.


The process of manufacturing medallions is an interesting one and over the centuries much effort and research has been put in to refining the principles involved. As the manufacture of coins has been done in much the same way the manner in which money is minted has spilled over into the world of medallion production. Largely there are two different types of medallion manufacture processes. First there is die-stuck medallions which are generally considered to be the finest quality. A hard metal die is made which has a reverse imprint of the design you wish to apply to the medallion. By means of applying high pressure using a stamping press the material being used to manufacture, for instance chopper or brass, is struck with the die and it leaves an impression of the design. this technique produces the most accurate reproduction of a design and the sharpest relief hence it is considered the “gold standard” in medallion production. It is also the case that thesis the most expensive means of production. The second system is moulding where heated liquid metal is poured into a mould and left to set, thereafter it is ejected from the mould having assumed the desired shape. This is the system used to produce most promotional medallions and besides the scrutiny of experts it is difficult to notice the difference between this process and the more expensive system of die-striking.


As you can see there’re is much to consider when looking into custom medallion orders. The best way as always is to make contact with a competent designer and manufacturer and take heed of their advice.