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 Posted 09/26/2015  10:16 pm Show Profile   Check captainrich's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add captainrich to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
When the annual First Spouse Medal Set went on sale September 21, I jumped on the U.S. Mint website and ordered two sets to fill my albums. I received the sets in the mail today, but was disappointed when I looked at the first set and noticed a large gash across the cheek and nose of the Bess Truman medal. The other three medals in the envelope looked fine.

I then opened the second envelope and was astonished to see a similar gash across the face of same spouse, Bess Truman.

These aren't just contact marks, but appear to be deep cuts into the metal.

Now I have to decide whether it's worth the effort to return the sets and buy new ones. Considering the $16.95 cost of the four-medal set, the individual medals really only cost about $4.24 apiece. I'll probably just keep them.



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 Posted 09/26/2015  11:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MeadowviewCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would return them to the Mint/fulfillment place and order new sets.

Those marks regardless of what they are would bother me if I were putting together a matched set.

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 Posted 09/27/2015  07:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would return the set and re order as well. I think...if you call the mint and tell them your coins are actually damaged they will issue a return tag so the effort to return them would be minimal. Yes...definitely return that set.
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 Posted 09/27/2015  6:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cascade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yikes! Was she in a backroom bar brawl knife fight or something?

If you want to see a very cool Harry & Bess Truman "coin" click on the link below in my signature about my avatar coin...
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 Posted 09/27/2015  6:40 pm  Show Profile   Check captainrich's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add captainrich to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's some awesome toning on your avatar medal, Cascade, and some great symbolism on the reverse!
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 Posted 09/27/2015  6:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They should be returned and a new replacement product sent, with all shipping costs paid by the supplier.
No mint worth it's reputation should send that sort of damaged product to a collector.

Actually, I agree with "poor Bess Truman"; she looks like she is suffering from deep grief in this image. Certainly brings out the compasion in me!
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09/28/2015 09:03 am
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 Posted 09/30/2015  01:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PatAR to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
They should be returned and a new replacement product sent, with all shipping costs paid by the supplier.
No mint worth it's reputation should send that sort of damaged product to a collector.


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