Our old friend Bernard von NotHaus of "Liberty Dollar" fame is at it again. An April 1, 2016 CoinWeek article by Joshua
McMorrow-Hernandez discusses the new "Trump Dollar" coins. -Editor
Donald Trump supporters can show their enthusiasm for the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful by purchasing Trump Dollar coins.
“Fed up with the political class?” ask the promoters. “Fed up with money that loses value?”
The pointed language matches the perturbed tone of the presidential candidate the coins honor; the copper, silver, and gold rounds
invite coin collectors, metals investors, and Trump backers to express their disfavor of fiat money and political dogma by purchasing these
bullion-based collector pieces, which are available in uncirculated and proof formats.
The Trump Dollar coins are issued by the Congressional Mint, a private minting firm located in Hudson, Wisconsin. They are among a
multitude of Trump-emblazoned products hitting the market these days, including Donald Trump wine, Donald Trump steak and Donald Trump
water. It seems Donald Trump approves of these capitalistic political messages; unveiling of the new Trump Dollar coins will be held at a
First Day of Issue event at the Trump Tower in New York City on April 27.
While the coins are not legal tender (nor are they advertised as such), they hearken to the financial ideology of many Trump supporters
who would prefer to see the U.S. monetary system return to the silver and gold standards, which the United States was on throughout much of
the nation’s history.
Each coin contains one ounce of bullion metal.
The one-ounce copper $5 piece sells for $5 in uncirculated condition while the one-ounce Trump $25 silver coin is offered at $25. Proof
examples of the copper and silver rounds are listed for $14.95 and $39.95, respectively, on the Congressional Mint’s website. Meanwhile,
the $2,000 gold coin is available as a proof round in a three-piece proof set that also includes proof examples of the copper and silver
rounds. The three-coin set sells for $2,450. Five percent of the net sales will be donated as proceeds to the Special Operations Warrior
Foundation, which provides charitable assistance to wounded and hospitalized special operations military personnel.
The copper, silver, and gold coins share common obverses and reverses. The obverse is anchored by a bust of Trump looking just to the
left of the viewer. TRUMP THE GOVERNMENT is inscribed along the top two-thirds of the obverse rim, followed by a trademark symbol. Below
and to the right of “the Donald” are the words WORLD PEACE inscribed in two lines. In bold font, the phrase VOTE TRUMP is stamped directly
below Trump’s bust. The date of the coin, borne in large font, is centered below and near the bottom obverse rim, just above small-print
copyright mint symbols.
The reverse features a burning torch reminiscent of that held by the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The torch is surrounded with
numerous phrases and slogans. These include FREE SPEECH FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE * NOT TO BE USED AS CURRENT MONEY, as found in small print
along the top two-thirds of the rim. Below those words is the motto VOTE NON POLITICIAN. The respective face value of the coin is found to
the bottom right of the torch; below the denomination, the TRUMPDOLLAR.US website address is listed. Toward the bottom left of the torch
are the inscriptions LIBERTY DOLLAR and .888 LIB. DOLLAR. TRUMP DOLLAR is centered horizontally below the torch, and below that phrase, the
one-ounce weight of the coin and its metal content is listed in small text. Copyright and mint insignias are featured in tiny print at the
bottom center of the coin near the rim.
The Trump Dollars were designed by Bernard von NotHaus, who also designed the notorious, privately-minted Liberty Dollar several years
ago. Heavily promoting his Liberty Dollars in magazines, online, and on television in the early 2000s, von NotHaus encouraged people to
exchange their Federal Reserve notes for his private-issue bullion money. Von NotHaus drummed up interest in his gold and silver coins
claiming the Federal Reserve was “unconstitutional and harmful.”
In 2009, the U.S. government charged von NotHaus with federal crimes and found him guilty in 2011 of “making, possessing, and selling
his own currency.” In 2014, the 71-year-old von NotHaus was sentenced to three years probation.
To read the complete article, see:
Private Mint Trump
Dollars One-Up Legal Tender Coinage
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