... I just think he's a twit for buying them.
A couple of weeks ago I had an experience that I'm sure many of you have also been subjected to. I was talking to my family on the phone when my mother brought up that she'd talked to one of her fellow teachers about the "Obama coins." The moment I heard those words I was in a bad mood. I indicated that I didn't want to talk about it but she wouldn't listen. It's one of the few times I've really been tempted to hang-up on my mother.
I hate those coins. I think the person that thought them up should be dragged into the street and shot. The sets should be gathered together and destroyed utterly and completely. The subject matter is irrelevant. It's a POS company cheating stupid and ignorant people out of $20 for $2 in mutilated coins in an ugly, cheap holder that they probably got from China. I even saw a report on the news (God help us when this nonsense counts as newsworthy) where people who bought as many as 4 sets (twits) were shocked to find that the picture of Obama was actually just a sticker that had been placed on the coin! (oh... surprise surprise... the television was selling cheap garbage for the low low price of just $19.99... whodathunkit?) I said as much to my mother and she was shocked (I love my mother but some days...). She decided that she was going to tell her friend about it.
Well, he bought them anyway... and I'm going to her school tomorrow to help her empty out her classroom for the summer... and he's bringing the coins in their little holder to show me that they aren't stickers...
Now, after seeing that news report, I'm pretty sure they are stickers. I think he just hasn't taken them out of the case and taken a good look at them. You can make anything look nice if you stick it in a case so the person can't get a really close look at it at all angles. But that's not really the point... Garbage is garbage. I have zero interest in talking to this person about these coins. I don't even want to be in the same room with these things. I see nothing to be gained by talking to someone who thinks that their "piece of history" is a nice collectable. Sometimes you just have to let people think what they want because they can't hear the truth. I told Mom; Mom warned him... and he bought them anyway...
If this teacher comes to me tomorrow and starts trying to tell me how it is I'm going to be hard pressed to be polite. I have half a mind to bring a couple of things from my collection and let him see what a real collectable looks like. I'd take a nice, mint state, Merc dime over 60 of his Obama coin sets any day... Unless the Merc was worth less than $100... Then I'd cash in the sets and use the cash to buy the dime... and burn the remains of the holders... clean air laws be damned.
I really don't want to deal with this person or their coins... maybe I'll be lucky and my 1889 Netherlands 10 Gulden will arrive in the mail tomorrow and be waiting at home to cheer me up when I get home.
I'm sorry guys. I just had to get this rant out of my system.