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.