Veteran Managed • Texas-Based Staff • Free Designs • Free Shipping

Firefighter Challenge Coins

By Lone Star Challenge Coins
Like the military, first responders have also adopted the tradition of making custom challenge coins to honor those who go above and beyond and risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of those they serve. At Lone Star Challenge Coins, we work diligently to ensure your custom firefighter challenge coins are as unique as the fire departments and firefighters they honor. Salute their bravery and commitment with only the highest quality coins from Texas’ #1 challenge coin manufacturer.
Firefighter Challenge Coins

Create Your Firefighter Challenge Coins Today!

High Quality Custom Challenge Coins with Free Artwork & Quote, Priority Shipping & 100% Quality Guarantee!

Step 1

Send In Your Ideas

Step 2

Get a Proof & Quote

Step 3

Approve & Order

What is a Firefighter Challenge Coin?

Challenge coins are cherished mementos that the military, law enforcement, fraternities, and other organizations carry. Fire department challenge coins are given to firefighters for a variety of reasons. They include being recently recruited, performing acts of bravery and honor, and reaching anniversaries or special events. These physical coins symbolize the hard work firefighters put into their job, and they’re a sign of appreciation for that work.

In addition to being given as a gift to firefighters, some fire departments create challenge coins as a fundraising effort. A local fire department may order challenge coins for civilians and other branches of law enforcement to buy, with the proceeds going towards non-profits, firefighter memorials, and scholarship funds.

HONOR TRADITION WITH FIREFIGHTER CHALLENGE COINS

Custom Firefighter Challenge Coins

Challenge coins are a long-standing tradition in the military, first appearing during World War I. Soldiers would use them to recognize their comrades on and off the battlefield.

They were also used as thoughtful tokens of appreciation from superiors to those who served with distinction. During Vietnam, challenge coins had yet another purpose – they became collectibles between American troops and Vietnamese locals that bore special messages of hope or gratitude for a job well done.

Having a challenge coin was (and still is) a sign of prestige, and losing your coin could result in ridicule from others. This prized possession is best to be held onto. This is the reason the “coin check” tradition at bars became a thing. It was a way for soldiers to make sure everyone still had their coins on person. Eventually, members of the military joined fire departments and shared their tradition of challenge coins. This is believed to be how the fireman challenge coin tradition began. Today, firefighter challenge coins serve quite a few purposes such as awards for excellence in the line of duty, remembering fallen heroes, commemorating special events, and even fundraising!

SYMBOLS ON FIREFIGHTER CHALLENGE COINS

Firefighter coins feature a variety of designs, colors, and symbols. Each symbol represents something different. Here, we’ll talk about some traditional fire dept challenge coins’ imagery and what they mean.

The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line Flag is one of the most commonly featured symbols used in firefighter challenge coin designs as it is full of meaning to those who serve. Also called “The Thin Red Line of Courage”, this symbol represents both: the thin line between those they save and the dangers they hold at bay, and the last ounce of courage they summon from within to conquer their fear as they put their lives second to the lives of those they save. This is why it is also used by fire departments to honor those firefighters who were injured and killed in the line of duty, as it serves as a reminder of their honor, courage and commitment.
Thin Red Line Flag Challenge Coins

St. Florian

St. Florian is said to be the Patron Saint of Firefighters because, as legend has it, he saved an entire village from burning by putting out a massive fire with only one bucket of water. That is why on custom firefighter coins, you will sometimes see depictions of this legendary event sculpted in 3D relief.

St. Florian was an officer in the Roman army, and was put in charge of organizing the city’s fire brigade. Unfortunately, due to his faith as a Christian, he was sentenced to death and drowned in the River Enns.

St. Florian Challenge Coin

The Maltese Cross

A very common feature on most custom firefighter challenge coins is, what most refer to as, the Maltese cross. Interestingly enough however, the cross that fire departments typically use is actually called the “Florian cross”.

While it is still used at times, the Maltese cross was originally worn by the Knights of the Crusades and has a very jagged design. The Florian cross has a circle in the center with rounded edges, and is older since it dates back to the Roman Empire. Both crosses are a religious symbol that represents bravery, sacrifice and honor.

Maltese Cross Challenge Coins

Star of Life

It is also commonplace for fire departments to add the Star of Life to their custom challenge coins in order to represent their emergency medical services. The six points of the star represent the six main tasks executed by rescuers in the line of duty: detection of danger, reporting, rapid response, on-scene care, transit to the hospital, and transferring to definitive specialized care for a patient.
Star of Life Challenge Coin
WE TURN YOUR COIN
IDEAS INTO A REALITY
GET A FREE QUOTE IN 24 HRS OR LESS WITH UNLIMITED REVISIONS AND NO COMMITMENT TO BUY… SO, WHAT’S THERE TO LOSE RIGHT?

GET YOUR FREE CUSTOM DESIGN
& QUOTE TODAY!

CUSTOMER
PRODUCT
ORDER
1
2
3
*All personal information submitted through our forms are used for internal use only. We never share any of your information with a third-party under any circumstances. For more information please review our terms & conditions/privacy policy page.
Trusted By :

EXPERIENCE
THE LONE STAR DIFFERENCE

JUST A FEW REASONS WHY LONE STAR IS YOUR BEST CHOICE FOR CUSTOM CHALLENGE COINS… PERIOD!

FREE QUALITY
ARTWORK

FREE PROOF
& QUOTE

UNLIMITED
REVISIONS

US CUSTOMER
SERVICE

SUPER FAST
SERVICE

FREE PRIORITY
SHIPPING

100% QUALITY
GUARANTEE

TRANSPARENT
PRICING

DESIGN GUIDE: FIREFIGHTER COINS

Follow our three-step process or visit our dedicated customization page for more information on the options available to bring your designs to life.

PRO TIP: KEEP YOUR TEXT IN MIND!

When determining the size of your coin, remember the text. There is a limit to how small text can be, especially if you want it to be legible. Similarly, detailing can only be so small. Larger challenge coins provide more space to work with and more options for text and detailed designs. If we can’t manufacture your coin based on the design you’ve provided because it’s too complex, we may simplify it.

CHOOSE YOUR COLOR STYLE

There are infinite ways to create your custom firefighter challenge coins. Knowing your options will help you find the look you’re envisioning. Below are different options to help you make better-informed decisions on your custom challenge coin design.

COLOR ON BOTH SIDES

Challenge Coins with Color on Both Sides

This is the most popular option, as it is bright and vibrant. This option goes very well with polished metal plating. 

COLOR ON ONE SIDE

Challenge Coins with Color on One Side

If you want to save a little bit of money, but still want color on a logo, this is a good option. We recommend an antique plating with any colorless design. 

NO COLOR (DIE STRUCK)

Die Struck Challenge Coins without Color

This option is our cheapest option, and works very well for creating antique styled coins. Not recommended for polished plated coins. 

TRADITIONAL ROUND COIN

Round Firefighter Challenge Coin

This is the “traditional look”. It works very well if you want a text wrap with a centered image.

CUT-TO-SHAPE COIN

Cut to Shape Firefighter Challenge Coin

If you want to create a more unique looking coin, this may be a good option. We can make coins almost any shape imaginable!

CHOOSE YOUR PLATING STYLE

Choosing the right plating for your challenge coin is important cuz it can change the look completely. If you’re not really sure, just pick one you think will look good. If you want to see other options, just let us know. We offer free unlimited revisions!

POLISHED
GOLD

Polished Gold Finish

POLISHED
SILVER

Polished Silver Finish

POLISHED
COPPER

Polished Copper Finish

BLACK
NICKEL

BLACK
METAL

ANTIQUE
GOLD

Antique Gold Finish

ANTIQUE
SILVER

Antique Silver Finish

ANTIQUE
COPPER

Antique Copper Finish

DUAL
PLATING

Dual Plated Finish

CHOOSE YOUR EDGE STYLE

Custom Edges can add some character to your challenge coin design. Rope, and Spur edges can be added to your design for free as they’re built into the mold. The other options are all cut into the coin using a special machine, and incur a little bit of an added cost.

FLAT
EDGE

Standard Flat Coin Edge

ROPE
EDGE

Rope Coin Edge

SPUR
EDGE

Spur Coin Edge

OBLIQUE
EDGE

Oblique Coin Edge

BEVEL
EDGE

Bevel Coin Edge

CROSSCUT
EDGE

Crosscut Coin Edge

SCALLOP
EDGE

Scallop Coin Edge

UNIQUE ADD-ONS

If you really want to take your challenge coin design to the next level, we have some awesome optional add-ons to choose from. There are many interesting ways to incorporate these into your design. The possibilities are literally endless! These are just a sample of the add-ons we offer. For a more in-depth list of different ways to customize your coin using these unique features, visit our coin upgrades page! 

BOTTLE
OPENER

SEQUENTIAL
NUMBERING

Sequential Coin Numbering

CUSTOM
ENGRAVING

Custom Coin Engraving

DOG TAG
CUT OUTS

GLOW
COLORS

TRANSLUCENT
COLORS

Firefighter Challenge Coins

HONOR TRADITION WITH FIREFIGHTER CHALLENGE COINS

Lone Star Challenge Coins is your #1 supplier and designer of firefighter challenge coins because we go the extra mile to ensure you receive the best quality service and product.

Need help with creating your design? We can also help you create your custom challenge coin design, choose features that look good, and assist with ordering. Our customer service is top-notch, and we’re ready to assist you whenever you’re ready to order a coin.

Create a custom firefighter challenge coin with us today to receive your free proof and quote for your design. Discover the Lone Star difference now!

Contact Us
Observed
Holidays
New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving (Thurs & Fri), Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Follow Us
Have A Question?

NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

FIND ALL THE INFO YOU NEED IN ONE PLACE!

CUSTOMIZE WITH

UPGRADES!

Need Some Help? We Got Your Six!

Veteran Managed &
100% Texas-Based Staff!

Lonestar Challenge Coins Contact Header - Private Frank