How Trump Coins Became an Internet Sensation
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Then the delivery
Rachel Edwards doesn’t remember where she first spotted the piece, but she thinks it was a Facebook ad. Ms Edwards, a mother of three from Alabama, said the pieces immediately caught her eye – as did the price, with a single piece costing nothing but shipping and handling.
“So I ordered five,” she said.
They arrived in about a week, packaged in a simple padded envelope. The coins looked good, each in a protective plastic case, and she said they had enough weight to suggest they were real money.
But there was something wrong.
“The bag they arrived in individually just had a sticker that said ‘Made in China,'” she said.
Neil Segal, dealer at Colonial Stamp and Coin in Kingston, NY, tested another Trump coin purchased from the Raw Conservative Opinions Store. He used a device that detects precious metals.
He found neither gold nor silver. The piece was also magnetic, suggesting it was made primarily of iron.
Jack Batelic, gold appraiser at PRS Gold Buyers in Newburgh, NY, tested the coin using a nitric acid solution. After applying a drop to Mr. Trump’s gold image, the area darkened, bubbled and then turned green.
“It’s paint,” he concluded.
What was it worth?
“Nothing,” he said.
Sound produced by Adrian Hurst.