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Pin & Coin FAQs

Q: What is a “Cloisonné Style” Metal Pin, Coin or Plate?

A: Cloisonné is our very best "Jewelry Class Style” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate and can be stamped out of many different types of metal. After the dies are made and the die stamping is completed, the Metal Pin, Coin or Plate is gold or silver plated and then individually polished to a high luster finish. Next, a naturally colored glass mineral powder is used in each recessed area of the die stamped Pin, Coin or Metal Plate. Then each color is baked individually in a high temperature oven at over 1000C for a prescribed amount of time. This means that if you have 5 colors in your pin or coin, that each glass powder color will bake in a high temperature oven 5 individual times. The pin is then highly polished again on all surfaces so no top clear epoxy coat is ever necessary. This Cloisonné Style Pin, Coin or Metal Plate will hold it luster and beauty for a life time!

The main advantage to a “Cloisonné Style” pin or coin is “the powder colors can be highly polished and will never fade or change in 100 years.” Cloisonné is our most beautiful but also our most expensive style of “Jewelry Class Pin”. This style uses our most expensive materials and takes the longest to manufacturer. Due to the cost of manufacturing the Cloisonné style, it is mostly recommended for “Jewelry Class” Metal Pins, Coins and Plates. Speak to your Moritz sales person for other lower prices Pin or coin manufacturing options such as the ones below.

Q: What is a Die Struck or Die Stamped “Imitation Cloisonné” Metal Pin, Coin or Plate?

A: In Manufacturing a Die Struck or “Die Stamped Imitation Cloisonné Style” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate, a sheet of soft copper is placed under a revolving press and struck with very high pressure that leaves an impression of your design deeply imbedded into the copper plate. The pin or coin is then gold or silver plated and all the individual areas of the design are filled in with different colored resins and then baked in the oven for a prescribed amount of time. All colors are baked at the same time saving time and money for our customers. For added color brightness and durability a clear epoxy finish can be added to the top surface of your pin or coin and then re-baked in the oven again. Normally there is a small added cost for the clear epoxy top coat finishing process but it is worth the added cost as it protects the face colors of your Pin, Coin or Metal Plate indefinitely. This “Imitation Cloisonné Style” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate is medium priced and one of our most commonly ordered style.

Q: What is a Die Struck or Die Stamped “Soft Enamel” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate?

A: In Manufacturing a Die Struck or “Die Stamped Soft Enamel Style” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate, a sheet of brass is placed under a revolving press and struck with very high pressure that leaves an impression of your design deeply imbedded into the brass plate. The Pin, coin or Metal Plate is then gold or silver plated and all the individual areas of the design are filled in with different colors of high gloss “Enamel Paint” and then baked in the oven for a prescribed amount of time. All colors are baked at the same time saving time and money for our customers. For added color brightness and durability a clear epoxy finish can be added to the top surface of your pin or coin and then re-baked in the oven again. Normally there is a small added cost for the clear epoxy top coat finishing process but it is worth the added cost as it protects the face colors of your Pin, Coin or Metal Plate indefinitely. This “Die Struck Soft Enamel Style” Pin, Coin or Metal Plate is medium priced and the also one of our most commonly ordered style.

For even extra cost savings talk to your Moritz Sales Person about our “Iron Soft Enamel” Pins, Coins and Metal Plates of all types.

Q: What is a “Photo Etched” Metal Pin, coin or Plate?

A: A “photo etched” pin or coin allows your design to be etched by a chemical acid solution instead of being die struck or printed. Next, the etched metal plate is gold or silver plated and each recessed area is filled with enamel color and then baked in the oven. A clear epoxy top coat can be added to the top surface of your chemically etched Pin or Coin to add extra brightness to the colors and protect the top surface. This process makes a very nice style pin or coin and is economically priced for all your needs. Talk to your Moritz sales person about this style.

Q: What is a Silk Screened or Printed Metal Pin, Coin or Plate?

A: A “silk screened” or “offset printed” pin or coin allows your design to be directly printed onto the flat metal surface of your pin or coins’ pre-made outer metal shape. A clear epoxy top coat can then be added to the top surface of your screen printed pin or coin to add extra brightness to the colors and protection to the top surface. This pin style requires larger quantities of 500 pcs. and above to be ordered but it is our most inexpensive style.

We also offer the following Pin Coin or Metal Plate Styles below for added convenience and cost savings:

  • “Die Stamped Copper or Brass”with NO color in Gold or Silver Plated / Single or double sided.
  • “Brass Printed”Gold or Silver Plated with or without epoxy clear top Coating.
  • “Printed Pins”with epoxy clear coat / without Gold or Silver Plating
  • “Aluminum Printed Pins” with epoxy clear coat / without Gold or Silver Plating.