Sometimes, many buyers have questions when customizing challenge coins. Which plating should I choose? They all look the same and how to distinguish them? Here I’ve selected some popular plating colors that are quite similar to me.  For those people who have a hard time differentiating the colors, they can follow this guide of different plating colors.

1) Gold / Fake Gold / Matte Gold / Foggy-painted Gold / Antique Gold

Gold Plating

Gold: It is a pure gold colors without any other color. An elegant color that can be used in many upgraded gatherings!

Fake Gold: Most buyers will choose it because it is shinier. It is sometimes called rose gold as well. A little mosaic gold color in Jewelry. (Note: Rose Gold can be plated with yellowish or reddish colors)

Matte Gold: It is a yellow color without shiny surface. An unobtrusive way to show off your custom coins!

Foggy-painted Gold: It has fine particle on the surface so the surface of challenge coins with foggy- painted gold is not smooth!

Antique Gold: It is a vintage color, making your custom challenge coins look like a true relic.

2) Bronze / Matte Bronze / Antique Bronze 

bronze plating

Bronze: It is a kind of green color with shiny appearance.

NOTES: it is easy to be mixed with gold.

Matte Bronze: It is slight green without shiny appearance.

Antique Bronze: It is vintage green color like rust.

3) Silver / Matte Silver / Foggy-painted Silver/ Antique Silver

silver plating

Silver: It is a gray color with shiny appearance, making you challenge coins more delicate.

Matte Silver: It is a pewter color without shiny appearance.

Foggy-painted Silver: It has some fine particle on the surface. When you touch it with your finger, you will feel slight friction.

Antique Silver: It looks like the color of dust. Antique silver is a deeper tone color than the other three.

4) Nickel / Matte Nickel / Antique Nickel / Black Nickel

nickel plating

Nickel: Its color is deeper than silver. The color is bright white with a slight yellow. It is shiny.

Matte Nickel: It is gray with a little white. NOT SHINY!

Antique Nickel: It is black with shiny on the surface.

Black Nickel: It is deep dark with shiny on the surface.

5) Copper / Matte Copper / Antique Copper

copper plating

Copper: It is orange with shiny surface. Like red-hot iron!

Matte Copper: It is orange without shiny surface.

Antique Copper: The colors are red and black, and the effect is old.

6) Chrome

chrome plating

Chrome: It is light white with a little blue color. It is much white than shiny nickel.


Different plating can be used in your challenge coins to get the perfect effect. You have known the different color of plating, come to order challenge coins !


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