While browsing the internet recently, I found a really useful kind of exonumia (tokens): the decision coin! These tokens are meant to be flipped and will land on a side to help you make a decision.
Usually, the coin gives a “yes” or “no” side, but some of the decision coins get more creative. Here is a comparison of 6 different decision challenge coins.
The Classic Yes/No
This one has a very classic and simple design. The makers did a good job on the weight and diameter.
At 39mm in diameter, it is about the size of a silver dollar, but weighs .634 ounces. This means it will have a good weight for holding, but still be easy to flip.
I like this decision coin’s construction a lot, even though the design is a bit boring.
The Gothic Design
I love the design on this coin, especially the “yes” side. It’s a very gothic look with nice detail in the design.
This challenge coin comes in two colors: silver or bronze. The silver looks better, but weighs 1.37 ounces. A 1.37 ounce coin would be difficult for me to flip smoothly on my thumb. (It is not real silver, just silver colored.)
The bronze is a better weight at .81 ounces, but some customers have complained that the bronze is darker in person.
The Pirate Token
I’m not a fan of this coin’s design. The “YES” and “NO” font looks a bit tacky to me. Plus, there is no coherent theme. This coin is a strange mix of gothic and pirate and I’m not a fan of it.
Other than the design, this coin is by the same maker that did the two previous coins, so I have no qualms with the quality of it.
Go To Bed Coin
This design is so cute! I like the risk the designer took in making a coin for a very specific occasion.
The sheep on the back of the coin are adorable (although the feet freak me out). There are a lot of small details that really bring this coin together and make it a great gift for the bookworm in your life.
In the product description it says, “Coins are struck in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques.” So they get points for that! A lot of thought went into these coins.
At 35mm and 12 grams, I’d say it is a good weight and size for flipping in your hand. My one issue with this coin is that copper has a very distinct smell that can transfer to your hand.
If you are more of a binger than a bookworm, then this is the decision coin for you:
The Crude Coin
This coin is better for decisions with your drinking buddies than making decisions at work.
I like the design, it was really creative to have the palm in different directions for each side. The “ZFG” diamond logo also has a “H” for heads and a “T” for tails engraved in it which is a nice touch.
This is another coin of 39mm diameter and .81 ounces. This is a good coin for flipping.
The Simple Charm
This little charm is very cute. This would be a good decision coin for young kids, especially since it is about 25.4mm in diameter (the size of a quarter) it would be easy for a child to flip.
Practically, I’m suspicious of this coin being evenly weighted since it is handcrafted pewter. If you want a coin that you are sure is giving 50/50 odds of yes or no, then I would avoid this coin.
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