Friday, November 14, 2008

A Public Service Announcement..

As a long time numismatist,(that's a coin collector,..but you knew that),there's one aspect to the hobby I find particularly aggravating.
..Insulting,even.

Every time something of an historic nature occurs,these greedy,opportunistic cockroaches come crawling out from behind the baseboards,in a mad frenzy to capitalize on the prevailing public sentiment.




'Own a piece of American history!',..an heirloom you can proudly pass on to your children,and grandchildren.

The number of things wrong with that premise are way too numerous to mention.
Follows,..the short list:
  • The 'New England Mint'?..sounds all official n' stuff don't it..There are three government authorized United States mints..San Francisco,Denver,and Philadelphia..The New England mint could very well be located in some guy's basement in Connecticut.
  • How about that glorious,full color portrait of Barack Obama?..Well,it's clearly not enameled,which would be cheesy at best..My guess is that it's printed on paper,and stuck on like those decals that come with 'Easy Bake' ovens..It's illegal for our government to portray the image of a living person on genuine coin of the realm by the way..This isn't a monarchy,or dictatorship we got goin' on up in here!
  • Layered in pure,24 carat gold!!..Layered?..I don't even know what the hell that means..Genuine United States Commemoratives will either be solid,pure .999 fine,or maybe 'clad'..One pure precious metal bonded to another precious metal..This thing is likely cast from lead,and then gold leafed..There's more pure gold in a bucket of seawater.
  • Not available in public circulation!..no shit..Neither is Wampum,or Wooden Nickels...There's a reason for that.
All this for the low introductory price of just $9.95!..plus shipping and handling.
Hurry!..this 'Limited Edition' is only being struck for the next 75 days!
..Just enough time to crank out one for every person on the planet.

I can absolutely guarantee you this!
50 years hence,you might be able to sell it at a yard sale to a collector for a buck and change.

..end of pontification.

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22 Comments:

At 9:55 AM , Blogger jan said...

I've always been curious about these ads, but not enough to order. Thanks for the PSA.

 
At 11:00 AM , Blogger jp said...

I just cancelled my order. Thanks for the heads up. And tails up, too. HA!

 
At 11:59 AM , Blogger LostInColor said...

That is too funny! There are a few numismatists at my work and they love to scrounge through the "soda money". We have folks traveling all over and sometimes they can find monies from different mints and stuff.

 
At 1:42 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

oh you are sooo on the money with this...every time i see one of those adverts on tv i scream schmuck at the tv....

 
At 3:23 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

I am scared now I might be missing out if I don't order now. It is such a great deal. Maybe I will just save your video of the coin..that has got to be worth money some day.

 
At 3:31 PM , Blogger Mom said...

You think I should cancel the order for a coin for all my grandchildren?

 
At 4:08 PM , Blogger citizen of the world said...

You mean you aren't getting me one for Christmas?

 
At 4:23 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Jan- I'm often asked about these kinds of things.It makes me angry that people are mislead into buying them by the advertiser's hype.

JP- I'm glad you cancelled buddy!..Now,I have some genuine official Obama shot glasses you might be interested in.

Lost- When I was kid,my mom was treasurer for the little league,and I used to plow through bags of coins to fill up my coin books!..good times. :)

Yellerdawg- I just see fire every time I see this crap!..Makes me wanna bitch slap 'em.

Sage- Investing in Sling's Domain is always a wise choice!

mom- Here is my advice,..for real.
Go online to the U.S. mint,and purchase 2008 Uncirculated,or 'Proof' sets for the grandkids.
They sell at a markup over face value naturally,but they tend to go up in value immediately,and will always be associated by true collectors with this historic year!
..they're the real deal.

citizen- HA!..Only if you'll pay the $19.95 for shipping and handling.

 
At 6:17 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

It just goes to show you the old guy was wrong--- we are not going all socialist on everyone LOL

 
At 7:23 PM , Blogger Allan said...

I like when they tell you: "limited to 10 (or whatever) per customer", which just encourages the suckers to get 10 times as ripped-off as they might normally be inclined to get.

 
At 9:38 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

P.T. Barnum had it almost right. There's a thousand suckers born every minute.

 
At 11:11 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

That reminds me...you know about the coin thing in the military, right? I gotta send you one of the coins from our house.

 
At 8:06 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i bought my silver jesus coins from some sucker who fell for the franklin mint sales pitch. i bought them for under the silver content. each coin contains 2 ounces of silver.

i can imagine the sales pitch to grandparents telling them what a fabulous investment they were and how these coins would provide financially for their grandchildren.

i'm staring at my "jesus driving money changers out of the temple" right now.

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Another day, another PSA. (Sure, Jan said it first, but I was going to. Really.) (No, really.) I hope the people who MIGHT be lured in know how to search for this blog.

 
At 11:49 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Mouse- The New England mint needs to get busy and crank out enough gold layered bucks to solve this financial crisis!

allan- Supplies are strictly limited to..'How much money you got?'..

Thinker- At least P.T. gave you half monkey,half mermaid for your nickel.

Rainey- There's a military coin thing?..
Send me one!

Billy P.- Gotta love the irony of an official 'Jesus throws the money lenders out of the Temple' commemorative silver coin!..I'll take 30 of 'em.

Booda Babe- If this had been an actual emergency,you would have been instructed to run screaming into the night.

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Iwanski and I have recently had a discussion about this very same thing--those "rare coin" commercials are for suckers!!!!

 
At 12:03 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Can't imagine doing this for our Prime minister Rudd...who'd want that ugly toad face with a slash for a mouth anywhere within a thousand miles of their home...almost envious of youse all folk.

 
At 10:08 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Miss HP- There are better things out there to hang onto..Campaign buttons,from both parties,are a small example of a keepsake that has the potential to increase in value..really.

middle child- That's how I felt about our Eisenhower Dollar..The guy looked like a freakin' corpse.

 
At 5:21 PM , Blogger austexgrl said...

Numismatist.where are you?
The USA is worried about Michelle Obama's red and black dress......I, myself am worried about our country!
I shall have a Vodka Gimlet, please.

 
At 5:05 AM , Blogger Speck said...

I wonder when they "retire" them if it means they throw away the remaining pages of full color portrait stickers.

 
At 9:42 AM , Blogger Sling said...

austexgrl- I hate to admit it,but I was all like,'What the hell's up with that dress?'..I got over it.

Speck- They don't throw them away..You can find them in those little turn-crank machines for a quarter at your local supermarket.

 
At 12:14 PM , Blogger more cowbell said...

Yes, yes, yes! Tell it, Brother Sling! This whole coin thing, as so many other things of late, has had me yelling at the TV. You nailed it -- do people actually fall for this? That coin is the cheesiest thing I've seen since Chia Pets. At least Chia Pets were fun. Except the one shaped like a head, that was just weird.

 

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