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Designing Custom Bottle Opener Coins

Posted by All About Challenge Coins | September 12, 2019 at 5:21pm | Topic: Challenge Coins 101
From the military, police, firefighters, and more, the ability to crack open a cold one with your organization’s custom coin has an undeniable charm. But adding a bottle opener to your challenge coin isn’t as simple as swapping out colors or changing your plating choice. Whether cutting out your coin or shaping the edge into the shape of a bottle opener, bottle opener coins face unique challenges to their design. However, with a little planning and a few of our key pointers, AllAboutChallengeCoins will get you on the way to creating a custom bottle opener coin.

Getting Started With Custom Bottle Opener Coins

Need a quick primer on how a bottle opener is added to a coin? Hit our product page for a full review. But for the purposes of this blog post, here’s what you need to know:
  • A bottle opener can be internally or externally added. External bottle openers are shaped along the edge of a coin as part of its overall shape. Internal challenge coins are cut out from the coin’s center and need to be at least 2” to have enough leverage to catch a bottle cap and comfortably flip it open. Meanwhile, external challenge coins require a very specific shape to the coin’s edge precluding you from some of our customization options for the coin edge.
  • Bottle openers change the shape of a coin. Whether you choose an internal or external bottle opener, your coin design will need to accommodate the shape of a lever into its design. How well you integrate your design with that shape decides how well crafted your coin’s going to look. 
  • Size can matter. You’ll need some leverage on your coin if you want to actually open a bottle with it and going for about 2” is usually the most comfortable size for custom bottle opener coins. Not to mention, it’ll give you more space to make up some of the surface area you lost accommodating the bottle opener in the first place. 

Internal Vs. External Bottle Openers

Now that you’ve got a quick understanding of the differences between internal and external bottle openers, let's look at how they can influence your design and overall order. When envisioning your coin design try to ask yourself the following questions. Does a symmetrical design matter for your initial vision? Is there a time crunch for your order? Do you mind losing design space from the center of your coin?  Keeping these questions in mind and having a cohesive vision for your design will help you decide which is best for your design because internal and external bottle openers each have different features. For example, internal bottle openers allow you to keep a symmetrical coin design but incur an extra setup fee. However, this also means most designs with an internal bottle opener have a more streamlined appearance that looks closer to a highly stylized traditional bottle opener. Meanwhile, external bottle openers can be produced more quickly and without a setup fee. However, the curved edge that an external bottle opener adds to a coin design can be hard to work around and many clients prefer being able to fully customize the shape of the actual coin. 

Working With Shape

It’s possible to get tripped up in your design when adding a bottle opener to your coin. After all, you’re possibly investing up to a quarter of your coin to what’s essentially empty space for the bottle opener. However, treating the unique shape of a bottle opener as a feature rather than an obstacle can help open some creative doors.  From gaping maws to smiling mascots, many clients like to use internal bottle openers as a creative feature to their designs. Use your imagination to come up with new ideas that actually integrate the look of a custom bottle opener as both a visual and practical feature.  Here are a few examples of how our clients have combined shape with their design:

Have Fun With Bottle Openers

Adding a bottle opener to your challenge coin design is a great way to add both form and function to a display piece. However, at the end of the day, they’re a fun addition to your coin design to help facilitate a good time. While adding a bottle opener to your custom coin can add challenges to your design, it adds one of the most interactive personalizations you could have on any challenge coin.  AllAboutChallengeCoins is an expert manufacturer of high-quality custom challenge coins. Whether for the military, law enforcement, firefighters, nonprofits or just a local business, our designers help you create a unique product that helps build your group’s visual identity. If you’re interested in designing your own custom bottle opener coin, shoot us a message or fill out our online form today!