Last year, Iris began designing and minting challenge coins. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. They are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. Iris distributes these coins to organization members, customers, vendors, and warfighters. The design for last year’s coin is attached. Each year Iris plans to design and mint a new coin for distribution throughout the following year.
Iris is looking to have the back side of the challenge coin designed with this project; the front side with the Iris logo will remain the same each year. On the back side, Iris would like to capture accomplishments of the past year. Of special note this year is the celebration of our 25th anniversary of being in business and the huge success of our SPACES solar program for the Department of Defense. The purpose of the challenge coin is not to sell a particular product, but to capture the excitement and accomplishments of this year in an image.
The challenge coin is a solid metal coin with ink fill (best suited for solid colors), is 1 5/8” in diameter and includes sequential numbering on the back side. When designing the back side of the challenge coin, please feel free to be creative and look at the coin as a blank slate. We only request that the following elements be included:
~Years 1986-2011 (because we are commemorating our 25th anniversary)
~Highlight of the 25th anniversary
~Patriotic theme (This does not necessarily mean a flag as the image in the middle of the coin; please be creative and experiment with different imagery. A flag was used as the image last year and we are not looking for a duplicate.)
~Space for serial numbering (5 digits); numbering must be straight (nor curved around coin) for laser etching.
Please visit http://www.IrisTechnology.com to learn more about the company and our products. Specifically, visit http://www.iristechnology.com/news for press releases and industry news and http://www.iristechnology.com/spaces to learn more about our SPACES program and to watch a video of unsolicited user feedback.