Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Barack Obama Coins

Well, I knew it wouldn't be long before someone would cash in on Barack Obama's success and release coins with his likeness on them.

When a similar thing happened after 9/11, I wrote a not so kind article (Link) about one of those coins being promoted. Besides cashing in on 9/11, the coin also emphasized that it was "clad in 24kt gold." In the article I wrote, I went through the math to show that the coin they were selling for $29.95 contained a whopping 39 cents worth of gold.

The whole business felt so morally wrong to me that I would actually feel the anger rise in me each time I saw one of the commercials. Now it's Barack Obama's turn to be on those type of coins.

So what do I think this time as I hear about Barack being "layered in 24kt gold? If your buying it because you think the coin looks pretty, then go ahead and buy one. If you are buying it because you think the gold content will give the coin value, then get out the calculator and read my other article before you buy.

But if after all that, you still want a Barack Obama keepsake to remember what is obviously a historic time for our country - whether you voted for him or not - then here is a list of links to some of the coins and other collectibles that I have seen so far. This list is just a small sample of what is out there.

Baracko Gold, Silver, or Copper Commemorative Coins and Medallions - I actually like these. At least this guy put some thought into the coins.

The New England Mint Obama dollar and half dollar

The Franklin Mint Obama half dollar

HSN Obama Coins - Silver Eagles, Presidential dollars, half dollars, and quarters - HSN really went to town on Obama

QVC Obama half dollar

The Bradford Exchange "Yes We Can" Obama Collectible Plate

German-made Barack Obama Doll - Wow! So lifelike it's scary! I thought I was actually looking at Barack! I can actually picture him saying, "What you talkin' about Willis?"

Barack Obama Action Figure - This place actually selling it cheaper than Amazon or Target

Russian Obama Nesting Dolls - This one cracks me up!

The Hamilton Collection President Obama Figurine

Barack Obama Bobblehead

Design Toscano Obama Dragon and McCain Gargoyle Collectible Statues - Obama as a dragon -Really!