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 Posted 05/23/2019  6:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kopper Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Received mine today, I opened it with some trepidation, happy to say ant free!


If you didn't get ants with yours...send them back for a refund.

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 Posted 05/23/2019  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hope someone who works at the mint is reading this thread!
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 Posted 05/23/2019  7:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The ants could have come from many places I suppose. Unlikely they hitched a ride from the Mint to the fulfillment center but possible I guess. Could have hopped on board at the fulfillment center but most likely after they were boxed up. Could have been an infestation at the local PO or on the USPS truck.... regardless I think it's going to be difficult to pin it on the Mint but it's IMO their responsibility to make it right.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the ant infestation happened when the coins were sitting for some period of time, I find it hard to believe it would happen in transport..
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 Posted 05/23/2019  8:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree - these must have been stored in incredibly poor conditions. Hard to believe.
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 Posted 05/23/2019  10:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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My best guess would be a FedEx semi trailer was parked for a couple of weeks in the Southern States somewhere and the ants crawled up in it and decided to call it home.


That's my line of thinking. Although ... Coinfrog is getting way too much enjoyment out of this... Did he grow the ant colony himself and sneak into the Memphis facility and put the critters (1200) through a pinhole, one at a time. Did Coinfrog train these bugs to be very quiet to avoid detection until - like a surprise party - they popped out of their hiding spots when I opened the package?

Mmmm . . .maybe not. In retrospect, it is pretty entertaining.



P.S. I'm still curious about the chronology of these packages of mint and proof sets. What happens to them from strike to customer. But that's another thread.
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
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 Posted 05/24/2019  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is CoinFrog AntMan?
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
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 Posted 05/24/2019  3:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dorado to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To put an end to this dilemma!



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 Posted 05/24/2019  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Biedercoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Dorado: that's the same stuff I used on the packaging!!
- About two score and seven+ years ago, I began a Lincoln cent collection. I have all, most in AU or better & am upgrading to MS as possible.
- I collect all coins minted 1809, 1859, 1909, 1959, and 2009. Lincoln and C.Darwin were both born in 1809. The latter published his "On the Origin of Species.." in 1859, the Lincoln cent debuted in 1909, and after that it just seemed like a good way to show the evolution of US coinage. Most non-nums to whom I've shown these react with the phrase, "I had no idea!" That alone shows their worth.
- I've completed MS sets of Jeffersons & MS specimens of other 5 nickels; Franklins done. Roosies mostly done. I enjoy hunting for WLH and "winged liberty" dimes.
-- If I left my early Washington quarter book at one of y'alls house, please ring me up.
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 Posted 05/26/2019  2:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fplagge to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It could have been worse. It COULD have been Fire ants and that ant no joke. Them suckers HURT!

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 Posted 05/26/2019  2:37 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
^^Truth
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
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 Posted 05/26/2019  2:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You could not make this thread up, I just love it. I mean, it's not like somebody got shot.
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 Posted 05/26/2019  11:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It COULD have been Fire ants and that ant no joke. Them suckers HURT!
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 Posted 05/27/2019  02:01 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So are the coins okay?
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.
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 Posted 05/27/2019  02:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
^^ Yeah, let's get back to the important thing!
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