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And the best part? They were commissioned from a firm in Birmingham. England.

Only £35.00 each!

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Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 9:32 am

Unless you want the sterling silver version.

Barack Obama Silver Coin [B/O3-SSS-BOX]

We take this great opportunity to offer you a historical and very special investment opportunity. This coin is a unique portrait of a common man who rose above the rest in the name of ‘change’!

Solid, Sterling Silver (British Hallmark 925) – £295.00

Solid, Sterling Silver Coin. Stamped with British Hallmark 925. Hand-finished in Birmingham, England. Limited edition design complete with Certificate of Authenticity.

Embossed engraving highly polished with a Collar style finish around the sides of the coin. 60mm in diameter, 3.5mm thick, and an impressive 97g of pure British Sterling Silver in weight.

Only a limited edition of 500 will be produced in honour of ‘change’…

The coin comes housed in a magnificent, hand-made royal blue presidential box, which is handmade in Birmingham in England; reserved for royally [sic] and heads of state throughout the world.


Comment from apotheosis
Time: September 24, 2008, 9:41 am

I thought the color of royalty was purple?

SEE, STUFF’S CHANGING ALREADY.


Comment from Cuffy Meigs
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:21 am

Creepy cult circle complete.


Comment from harbqll
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:25 am

So, does this mean BHO is dead? Isn’t that a rule, or something?

Oh, wait. Brits. Right.


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:44 am

You know what’s kinda creepy (aside from the mere existence of this thing)? They don’t show you what is on the other side of the coin. You don’t need to know what is on the flip side of Mr. Hopenchange.

**Akismet goes OM NOM NOM.**


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:49 am

That’s not a parody site, Cuffy? From the header:

Currently unavailable due to government suppression of our Constitutionally guaranteed right of political expression.


Comment from Cuffy Meigs
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:52 am

Nope, Stoaty. It’s the real deal.

They had actual gold RON PAUL! coins they were trying to circulate in a (free) black market until the gubmint shut them down, raided their offices and took all their gold dub-loons.

Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhWRDP8v9ss


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:53 am

Hey, maybe that’s a clue, Enas. You were posting yesterday, no problem, and you were playing hooky. I think Akismet eats every single one of your posts from work…got to be something about your employer’s ISP or something, right?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 10:54 am

What’s illegal about circulating commemorative coins? As long as you aren’t claiming them as government currency, you could market Donald Duck dollars for all I care.


Comment from Jill
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:04 am

I think I’ll wait until the Barack Obama NASCAR plate comes out…I’m a pretty shrewd investor.

:)


Comment from Cuffy Meigs
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:14 am

I shouldn’t have said they were just circulating ghey Trekkie coins. The Paulians were using said coins to transact actual business, and that’s what riled up Treasury.

But I don’t think they were really hurting anyone. Just stepping on Uncle Sam’s turf.


Comment from Allen
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:26 am

Did anyone else get the impression that the copy on that site was written by someone with English as a second language? “hand finished in England, Birmingham…” Huh?

Oh well, I do like the site tag: bocoins. Get your bocoins, red hot bocoins here. I want me a Joecoin. Oh please, oh please, I NEED a Joecoin. “Handcrafted from the finest dross metal.”


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:31 am

Yup it’s my work computer that has the global wordpress spam issues. Dunno why.

The Treasury takes an extrememly dim view of anyone circulating private currency. Many years ago casino chips were treated the same as cash at lots of buisinesses here in Vegas. The Feds came in and stomped that crap right out.

*OM NOM NOM*


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:40 am

Heh. I noticed the “bocoins” address, too.

So, ummm…speaking of annoying people with the initials B.O., Bill O’Reilly calls these guys dispicable for publishing Palin’s hacked emails, so they retaliate by hacking O’Reilly’s site?

Isn’t that like jihadis hacking someone’s head off to protest being called violent?


Comment from Dawn
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:48 am

Elections. You’re doing it wrong.


Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 24, 2008, 12:26 pm

…and an impressive 97g in weight.

Yeah, that is impressive. When I read that I got the impression, ‘Who gives a fuck anyway?’

‘Whaddaya mean he lost the election? It says right here on this big, ugly coin that he’s the president! Are you calling this big, ugly coin – which is impressively heavy I’m sure you’ll agree – a liar?’

What a big load of shit.


Comment from Dawn
Time: September 24, 2008, 12:26 pm

good to know


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 12:30 pm

I didn’t make it too far in the video, Dawn. That’s somewhere between “yay! I’m going to live forever!” and a five minute whole-body cringe.


Comment from Allen
Time: September 24, 2008, 12:39 pm

They hacked O’Reilly’s site? For what? Clearly we need a better class of hackers.

“What’s your stretch?”
“2 to 5.”
“What are you in for?”
“I hacked a web site.”
“What was your take?”
“Take?”
“Yeah, how much money did you score?”
“Nothing, I did it for the sake of freedom.”
“(blink)….(blink)…. boy, prison ain’t the model of freedom.


Comment from Francase
Time: September 24, 2008, 12:41 pm

Hubris, anyone?


Comment from XBradTC
Time: September 24, 2008, 1:55 pm

So, I’m a little unclear here. WHO exactly commissioned the coins? Or was this on spec by the minters? If the minters just stamped these things, well, you can’t really blame O! for someone trying to make a buck (or a pound)


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 2:08 pm

Oh, sorry. Everybody else was linking to the Birmingham newspaper article about this, so I thought I’d be different and go right to the manufacturer. According to the Birmingham Post, the original idea was the manufacturer’s, but they approached the Democrat party and the pre-orders started rolling in.

Windsor, Elizabeth & Windsor [sic. Their website says Winston, Elizabeth & Windsor] has already sold more than 300 limited edition commemorative silver coins to the Democratic Party to hand out to key members of the campaign to elect Obama.

The contract is worth about £100,000 to the company, based on Warstone Lane, Hockley.

[...]

A spokesman for WEW said: “We are just a small company from Hockley. They think its hilarious that a company from England is going on the television in about 10 days.

“They’ve been looking for two years for someone to take on something like this, and this proves we can compete with the Far East.”

Hilarious. Right before the election. Laugh it up, donkeys.


Comment from XBradTC
Time: September 24, 2008, 2:36 pm

Thanks, weas. Bunch of losers. But props to W,E,& W for filling a niche.


Comment from Lipstick
Time: September 24, 2008, 8:10 pm

Barak looks pissed on that coin. Pissed in the American way.


Comment from highpockets
Time: September 24, 2008, 8:22 pm

I have seen Ms. Obamas husband on television.

His nostrils are not that large.

Messing with a guys nostrils, without a squirrel involved, is just plain wrong.


Comment from Mcgyver
Time: September 24, 2008, 8:32 pm

Hunh! I’m disapointed. I thought at first they were the gold foil chocolate coins. Now I find out someone was serious.

Mcgyver, out

(second comment in six months… I lurk a lot)


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 24, 2008, 8:50 pm

I think it’s more of an “I am TOO a grownup” look.


Comment from bustoff
Time: September 24, 2008, 11:58 pm

What a pompous jackass! Obama will be trying to use those coins in gumball machines, after McCain kicks his ass to the curb in November.


Comment from DefendUSA
Time: September 25, 2008, 8:33 am

Allen that needed a spew alet! And, I. NEED. TO. THROW.UP. Anything Ovomit makes me ill!


Comment from Patrick Synnott
Time: December 23, 2008, 6:16 pm

S. Weasel – I have to say that in my viewing of blogs around the internet, your understanding of the article and the manufacturer of these Barack Obama items is the only one that has understood that the DNC did not commission these coins, nor did they outsource the work.

I commend you on your article and wish others on the internet had the same understanding.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2008, 6:40 pm

Plenty of room for hilarity without being unfair about it, Patrick :)


Comment from Patrick Synnott
Time: December 23, 2008, 11:48 pm

No argument on that one, S.

Although, after seeing the other coins from the U.S. private mints (strange they use the word ‘mint’ when they are not minting anything- just defacing U.S. legal tender), I can say that the coins from Winston, Elizabeth & Windsor are well put together and have a good substance behind them when you hold one.

But I digress… good work on your take of the article.

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