For a person to get away from everyday stress that he gets from work, he will do something just to get rid of that stress. One way to do that is to pick up a hobby. A hobby is an effective way for a person to get rid of his stress. Some would start a collection which consists of rare stamps or key chains but for those who like sports, they may start collecting custom challenge coins.
Once you’ve started getting into collecting custom challenge coins, you may also start to buy, sell, and trade them. You can also meet other challenge coin enthusiasts and collectors this way. When collecting custom challenge coins, there are some collectors who would follow a certain theme. Some would start collecting those that are only available in amusement parks like Disneyland, while others go for collecting coins coming from different sporting events like the World Cup. These coins are made only during the times that the events are active and will have special designs showing the name and logo of the event plus in some cases, they can also show the name of a participating team.
For a collector to be able to get some of the challenge coins that he cannot find easily, trading with another enthusiast is a good option. You can start by contacting or talking to another collector and ask them if they have the challenge coin that you want. In return, they will also ask you if you have something that they want. An agreement must be met first before an actual trade can be placed.
Limited edition custom challenge coins are also sought after by avid challenge coin collectors. These are the kinds of coins which are released during a limited time only. These are also not reprinted afterwards. Challenge coins from major sponsors during special events can be considered limited.
To make sure your custom challenge coins would still fetch a high value when displayed or sold, they must be in pristine order. If your challenge coins need cleaning, it is highly recommended that professionals clean them. If you are not able to bring your challenge coins to a professional, there are a few tips to how you can try cleaning the challenge coins on your own:
1. Prepare a solution made of mild soap and warm water and try to soak your coins in it. The soap that you can use can be hand soap or a mild dishwashing soap. This will help in removing any dirt sticking onto the challenge coin. Another alternative of soap, olive oil, can also be used to clean your challenge coins. It is tough enough to remove dirt but it has a mild nature which will not ruin the coins. It is also not recommended to use any tarnish remover in cleaning your coins; the chemicals that make up the solutions may ruin the coins and the design on it.
2. Brushing your challenge coins with any kind of brush is not recommended. The risk of scratching the surface of the coin is there and it can damage it will then lose its value. You can use your fingers to gently rub off any dirt which may still be visible on the coin.
3. Once the dirt is removed from the challenge coins, you can rinse it with cold water. Running water coming from a faucet is recommended. The stronger the current from the running water, the better it will rinse and remove any dirt from the coin. Use distilled cold water during the final rinsing of the coins.
4. Line up your coins on a soft cloth or paper towels and allow them to air-dry on their own; never blow-dry your challenge coins.