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Custom Challenge Coins and The Color Magic of Pantone®

Custom Challenge Coins and Pantone Color Match

What is the Pantone (PMS) Color Match System®?

The Pantone Color Match System® also referred to as PMS Color Match is a proprietary color space that was created in 1963 by its inventor Lawrence Herbert. This Color Match System standardizes colors and assigns each color a unique Pantone number and name that facilitates quick and easy access to your color choices. It is the essential go to tool when starting your custom challenge coins.

Our Team at refers to this constantly as it is the professional color matching system that both provides color correctness and standards as well as a high level of accuracy in the identification of colors, quality control and all aspects and specifications in all project applications.

Why is PMS Color Match System® important?

The PMS Color Match System accurately reproduces color and allows our manufacturing and design team to correctly reproduce and control the colors of your Logo, Department and Agency branding colors. makes creating your Custom Coins, Lapel Pins and medals easy and straightforward.

Pantone Color Chart.

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Creating & Designing your Custom Challenge Coin Project

Our team at loves working and designing with the PMS Color Match System and the harmonies of the Pantone system to create fantastic custom challenge coins, lapel pins, medallions, belt buckles and more. We keep your PMS Color Codes on file to ensure accuracy and repeatability on your repeat and new orders.

Since all colors will appear differently on every screen and monitor we always use the PMS Color Code to indicate colors used. As these colors are standard universally your custom coins, lapel pins, medals, patches and belt buckles will be accurately manufactured by

When designing and creating your unique custom coins, lapel pins, medals and belt buckles with new colors that you have not incorporated into your masterpiece before, we recommend that you refer to a Pantone Color Swatch for accuracy in your color design as they are the best tool available for verifying your color choices. Also ideally you should be using a Color Swatch that is purchased within the past year as the inks printed on the swatch can fade and become yellowish as time passes. Also take note of the type of paper the Color Swatch has been printed on: matte versus coated finish as this can result in slight color variations between editions.

Benton County Fire-Rescue District #6 Custom Challenge Coins.

All About Pantone Color of the Year

It is hard to believe that the PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE™ has been celebrating the beauty and versatility of colors for over 20 years. Starting in 2000, the Pantone Color Institute developed the Pantone Color of the Year as a bold and trendsetting concept to influence all aspects of color design, color trends, branding, home décor, marketing and creative aspects in global society as a whole. They have become the go-to source and experts to work with and harmonize colors and color palettes to be used effectively in all areas of color design.

This bold strategy has placed and maintained The Pantone Color Institute™ as the fore runner in everything color related. This overwhelming success in the color generates intense excitement and anticipation from brands, designers, creators, marketers, influencers, graphic designers, artists, fashion, health and beauty brand icons, as well as the general public who await the announcement of the new Color of the Year in December every year.

The Pantone Color Institute™ works hard throughout the year to forecasts global color trends, fashion colors, seasonal trends as well as the psychology and emotion of colors. Pantone captures the spirit of each year by thoughtful research and consideration of things such as current events, socio and economic conditions, art, film and travel, lifestyles, playstyles, sporting events, technology, materials and textures and trend analysis.

Very Peri 17-3938 is the Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Because we are living in transformative times Very Peri reveals a carefree confidence, daring curiosity and inquisitiveness that allows us to embrace these new changes, challenges and landscape of opportunities. Very Peri encompasses the qualities of blues as well as undertones of a violet-red which gives it a playful and dynamic presence that encourages and enhances creative expression and imaginative possibilities.

Color Values for Very Peri 17-3938

Pantone: PANTONE 17-3938 TPG

RGB: 102, 103, 171


CMYK (approximation): 40, 40, 0, 33

Innovative ways to incorporate the Color of the Year

There are countless and fun ways to incorporate the Color of the Year into your Department, Agency, Organization or business without the need to rebrand your logo and colors. You can implement it as a touch of color or accent color in your challenge coins, lapel pins, medals, flyers & presentations, emails, fundraising campaigns, packaging. Flowering plants and plant pots with the latest color of the year can be strategically placed around your working environments to add pops the newest color of the year.

Highlighting Two of the Color Harmony Palettes for 2022


A beautiful and holistic blending of nature infused shades that provide health giving properties of these subtle and nourishing hues that combine the compatibility of soft greens and the spritely nature of Very Peri 17-3938. When starting your new custom first responder coins, first responder lapel pin, belt buckles and medallions you can check out the newest color harmony palettes for the Color of the Year such as Wellspring and the Star of the Show and see if these color choices lend themselves into your vision.

Pantone Wellspring Color Collection.


The Star of the Show Color Palette combines the elegance of classics and neutrals with the happy, warm and joyful blue hues of Very Peri to convey and essence of timeless sophistication.

Pantone The Star of The Show Color Collection.

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Contact Our experienced team are always available to discuss your project, provide pricing and details to make your project a Success. is The Choice of First Responders Everywhere.

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Challenge Coins Made Easy

One, Two, Three - Buy Custom Challenge Coins!

Get in touch with our talented and experienced team to discuss your project, provide pricing and details that will make your project a success. is The Choice of First Responders Everywhere and we are pleased to work with First Responders in all branches of Law Enforcement, Fire-Rescue & Firefighter Stations, City Departments, Universities & Colleges, Schools, EMT’s and Paramedics, Corporations in every state in the USA, throughout Canada as well as Internationally. First Responder Challenge Coins are suited perfectly to recognition, recruitment, team building and commemorative events and milestones.

RespondersPro’s proudly designs and creates totally unique and custom challenge coins, custom medallions & medals, custom lapel pins, belt buckles - no minimums for:

· Police, Law Enforcement & Sheriff Departments

· Law Enforcement Agencies

· Firefighter & Fire-Rescue Departments

· All First Responders

· EMS Services

· Military, Armed Forces, Coast Guard

· Corporations

· Schools, Universities, Colleges

· Sports Teams & Sport Associations

Please contact our team for your free quote. Our specialist team is always on hand to work with you to create a beautiful and lasting challenge coin design that showcases honor, respect and achievements for a lifetime. Also take a look at our Special Offer details, A Wooden Coin Presentation for your Chief.

We look forward to partnering with you on all of your projects to create beautiful Custom Challenge Coins, Lapel Pins and Custom Patches. Logo, Contact Information, Phone Number and Email.


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