Trump-Kim Coin Is a Hot Seller

It could be a new '1804 dollar'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2018 4:04 AM CDT
A man walks past a public TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and President Trump, right, in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – The Trump-Kim summit has been called off—but it's still a historic event for coin collectors. A commemorative coin produced by the White House Communications Agency to mark the summit between Trump and "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un is now in high demand and is expected to became a valuable collector's item. BBC correspondent Anthony Zurcher says it could become the "1804 dollar" of commemorative coins, referring to extremely rare and valuable coins that were used as American diplomatic gifts in the 19th century. The White House says the issuing of the coin by the WHCA, a military detachment tasked with securing presidential communications, was a routine event and it was not involved.

Another coin, with silhouettes of Trump, Kim, and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, was still available from the White House Gift Shop on Thursday, discounted from $24.95 to $19.95, but high demand apparently crashed the website. After the summit was called off, Trump's critics were quick to poke fun at the WHCA coin, with former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod quipping that they would be on eBay soon, NBC reports. Some critics said they had been in dubious taste to begin with. "This is just gross. Whose personality cult exactly is this summit legitimizing?" asked North Korea analyst Robert Kelly. "This is un-American." (North Korea says it is still willing to proceed with the summit.)

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