It wasnt until after the American Civil War that soldiers were required to wear dog tags in order to identify them if they fell in battle. This practice started to avoid the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of unmarked graves for the unknown soldier. Recordkeeping was difficult and imprecise in the 19th century, and using military dog tags made identification of soldiers easier.
During World War II, military dog tags began as small round metal tags rather than the shape and size we are familiar with today. Tags included such information as a branch of the military, first initial, surname, birth date, and religion. They could also include rank or service number, blood type, service branch and an indication of tetanus vaccination. A right index fingerprint was etched on the reverse.
Today, dog tags are made for many other uses besides soldiers in battle or service. We make custom logo dog tags for school kids, law enforcement personnel, and dogs, and many are ordered as a way of commemorating participation in groups, activities and even heroic acts. Military personnel and civilians alike love dog tags, as they are a symbol they can all relate to.
The medals we provide are more substantial than the regular aluminum dog tags used by the military, and we use metals that make these special items that signify affiliation, achievement, and belonging. A variety of finishes, plating, and colors are available for the custom military dog tags, and they can even be turned into bottle openers to make them a usable coin.
Because we provide all design and artwork at no charge and have low minimum quantities. We give all of our customers the best quality and the best prices, with fast production times and top-notch customer service.
There are several factors to consider when you order a custom military dog tag coin, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about ordering custom coins:
Yes, for an additional charge, we can engrave the custom dog tag coin with a small logo, message or date.
Our process is designed to work with your needs. We guide you in creating the initial design if needed or we can work with you to customize a pre-existing logo or design idea you may have. Our experienced staff can give you suggestions to enhance or modify your design as a need in order to ensure that your design is perfectly suited for production. Once you approve a final design, it is die-struck into thick bronze or copper, both sides being struck at the same time, then electroplated, sandblasted and polished. Hard enamel color is added before polishing, and soft enamel added after polishing, but all color is applied by hand.
Production time varies depending on the style of custom military dog tag coins you choose, but it normally takes between 2 to 3 weeks. Rush jobs can usually be accommodated for an additional charge.