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Maybe It’s Time To Invest In Obama Coins

Somehow this news from a couple of weeks ago almost slipped by us.

From the UK’s Birmingham Post:


Birmingham firm strikes Barack Obama presidential coin

Sep 16 2008 By Tom Scotney, Enterprise Editor

A company in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is making commemorative coins for American presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

And if the Democratic candidate is elected to become the most powerful man in the world on November 4, it could open the floodgates for millions of pounds worth of business for the firm.

Winston Elizabeth & Windsor has already sold more than 300 limited edition commemorative silver coins to the Democratic Party to hand out to key members of the campaign to elect Obama.

The contract is worth about £100,000 to the company, based on Warstone Lane, Hockley.

And a spokesman for WEW said they expected thousands more coins to be bought if Obama becomes president, which could bring millions into the small firm.

WEW is producing limited edition runs of gold, silver and platinum Obama coins, and plans to produce new ones in other finishes for public consumption if the demand emerges.

The coins already sold to the Democrats will be presented to the senators, congressmen, governors and other politicians they are being given to within the next two weeks.

There will also be a television advertising campaign launched in the US.

The company directors got the idea of producing the coins after seeing actress Meryl Streep talking about Barack Obama on a television programme.

When they got in touch with the Democrats the party jumped at the chance. And the coins have proved such a hit that locally produced versions have already been launched to compete with the UK originals.

The coins show Senator Obama’s face, along with a picture of the White House and the legend “President of the United States of America”.

Mr Obama, along with his chosen vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden is going head to head with opponent John McCain and Sarah Palin in the contest to become President later this year.

If he is elected, he will be the first black man to become President in the country’s history.

A spokesman for WEW said: “We are just a small company from Hockley. They think its hilarious that a company from England is going on the television in about 10 days.

“They’ve been looking for two years for someone to take on something like this, and this proves we can compete with the Far East.

“It’s very positive for Birmingham, It’s highlighted the city in a very good way. And if he gets into the White House we are going to be making a million of these things.

WEW is a small, independent design company that specialises in limited edition gold and silver ceremonial coins and trophies.

It works out of the Jewellery Quarter, but has clients as far away as the US, Russia and the Middle East.

It has previously made ceremonial coins celebrating the life of Liverpool Football Club’s legendary manager Bill Shankly.

The WEW spokesman said: “Our coins can take up to several months to manufacture.

“In order to maintain the lustre and unique quality finish of our merchandise, products are hand-finished by expert craftsman right here in the UK.

“In particular, our trophies and medals are silver or gold plated by professional silversmiths with over 100 years experience between them.”

The moulds for the Obama coins will be going on display tomorrow as part of the Birmingham Art Fair at the Gas Hall on Chamberlain Square.

They will be part of the UK Fine Arts gallery, and have reportedly attracted the interest of celebrities and international footballers interested in producing their own versions of the coins.

A private viewing is planned for people interested in the coins, with the show opening up to the public later on that day.

Note that they still have “in God we trust” on them.

Also note that they are make in the United Kingdom.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Maybe It’s Time To Invest In Obama Coins”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Its amazing they can make him look smug, even on a coin.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Yeah…he does have that “I just stole an election” look on his mug! Sweet Jesus….anything for a British Pound!! He steals the election and a foreign Nation capitolizes on it. Go figure. ( My name is Barak Obama and I endorsed this coin)

  3. Anonymoose says:

    I really have fallen through the looking glass…..

    He’s not president (yet) but they’re already making commemorative coins of him.

    He’s a US president but they’re being made in the UK.

    The Obama Brand ™ is already haute coutre fine fashion. And three years ago this God on Earth was who? Ask his disciples just why the Chosen One has been hanging around all this time before he decided to step on stage and save us from ourselves. See if they even clue in.

    My only hope at this point is the Great Unwashed Silence of people afraid to speak up for fear of being called racist will express their opinions the only way they can, by voting against him. I can dream, can’t I?

  4. oki2 says:

    Hmm. Wonder if they would be worth something if he doesn’t get elected President.

  5. gipper says:

    Hey, where is the laurel around his head? Surely, our newest caesar deserves the honor. The obverse shows a smug-looking Obama. The reverse shows a smug-looking Obama. What you get is a two-faced coin. Coins are valued at 100 Obameros (O100) each.

  6. studmuffin says:

    Is it just me, or does he look a lot like Hitchcock?

  7. jcvheuvel says:

    Great! We now have a form of currency that is worth the exact amount of the person imprinted ideas and accomplishments.

    I wonder if they will commemorate Barney Frank’s awesome job wrangling in the mortgage crises by issuing a commemorative three dollar bill.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Is that latent homophobia, mentioning Barney Frank and a three dollar bill in the same sentence?

  9. jcvheuvel says:

    Don’t forget the rampant racism for suggesting that a Obama’s ideas and accomplishments aren’t worth anything. (Obama is black BTW)

  10. Greg England says:

    Oil avva quick sellablige and lit yow know” ow mooch munnay oi’ve got.
    http://www.birminghamnet.co.uk/people/slang-p-t.html

    Although wikipedia, takes issue with this pronunciation of the word money
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brummie

    A common example is when a Brummie impersonator will pronounce ‘money’ as ‘mun-ay’,which is a Black Country pronunciation; Brummies actually pronounce ‘money’ in the same way conventional English speakers do. This is not to say that the impersonator is doing a Black Country accent instead of a Brummie one when this occurs; it is entirely possible that they are just doing an inaccurate Brummie stereotype which makes the mistake of adding Black Country dialect.

  11. Paulajay says:

    Hmmm, I wonder — are they dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

  12. sheehanjihad says:

    How quickly they curry favor with the as yet uncrowned king! Their will be many many rewards for those who supported obama’s rise to Universal Approval of All Who Gaze Upon His Greatness. Paulajay, I dare say that the only chocolate color is on the nose’s of these folks who need to be considered for a position of some kind in the New Monarchy of Obama the 1st.

    But dont worry, there will never be a second one. Just watch and see. This country is like a festering fetid wound…inflicted by liberalism and socialists….obama is nothing more than a maggot in the wound, but his totally flawed administration backed by the vapidly stupid Soros bought congress will clean the wound as maggots often do. They have a function, and within 8 years, we will heal this wound. And we wont have any maggots to contend with either.

    Remind me to not like these people tomorrow morning, would you?

  13. Kilmeny says:

    Well, he finally got his wish to be just “all those other presidents on the dollar bills”.

  14. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    I wonder if they will commemorate Barney Frank’s awesome job wrangling in the mortgage crises by issuing a commemorative three dollar bill.

    HA HA, good one jcvheuvel!

  15. David says:

    These are going to sell like hot cakes … three years from now it will be the funniest white (hehe) elephant gift you could get, like a Dukakis Dollar or the Gore Greenback, we now have Barack Bucks!

  16. Another Kansan says:

    Here’s the web site for the company: http://www.wewlondon.com/bocoins.html

  17. jon kays says:

    The Barack Obama Presidential coin is no longer a coin or an illusion, it is a piece of art; described by those that have seen it, as Slick, Sexy, Elegant and Daring!

    These are not our words but the comments of world renowned movie stars and politicians ranging from Madonna and Barbra Streisand, Tony Blair, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Barbra Berlusconi, the daughter of the Italian Prime Minister.

    Most recently the Barack Obama coin was unveiled in Italy were it received an overwhelming reception; considered by most, as an iconic symbol for peace and change. This idea of peace and change gathered further momentum, as one was personally requested by a member of the Vatican who stated ‘the race is now in the hands of god’.

    On a more sombre note, we have recently received a lot of negative comments and ignorant feedback with regards to why the Barack Obama coin has been created in Birmingham, England. The reason is simple; the English silversmiths are the best coin makers in the world with over 300 year’s experience. Creating coins for the Royal family and other Monarchs; we believe the President of the United States deserves to be treated with the same respect and dignity. Further more; we would also like to add that with each coin sold an America charity will benefit directly with 20% of the proceeds being donated.

    To conclude, we believe the Barack Obama coin represents peace, diplomacy and prosperity for the future, which is what this world is crying out for?

  18. Steve says:

    That’s an excellent parody, Jon!

  19. Another Kansan says:

    I’m well aware of the vanity press, but less familiar with the vanity mint. For someone with the time, it would be interesting to track down in the FEC database where the funds for this expense came from Somewhat to my amusement, here’s the other vanity coin the company is selling…

    Home | About Us | Gold Record | Barack Obama Coins | Shankly Coin | Images | Contact us

    Bill Shankly Commemorative Gold Coin

    The Bill Shankly Commemorative 18 ct gold plated coin which has been struck to a very high specification, and is intended to be a collector’s item.
    The design features a portrait of the great man, it took many months to perfect this beautiful work of art.

    Only 500 coins were stuck (Minted) of which 250 are available in a luxury wooden presentation box, included is a certificate of authenticity.

    It will make an ideal gift for Father’s Day or for your grandkids to understand the history of the man and the club he build up. It is a symbol of greatness, passion and the birth of one of the most feared and respected football clubs in the world.

    The coin was designed and cast in England by master silversmith’s it will not fade as it is coated in gold plate, the diameter of the coin is 60 mm and the weight is 75 grams.

    The back of the coin has been mirror polished and can also be engraved with the name of that special person in your life.

    The price is £25.00
    inc P&P ( and insurance throughout the UK only!)

    Please note: any other buyers outside of the UK are advised to email before purchase so that we can quote you a postage price. Ref: Wew_BSGC01

    Home | About Us | Gold Record | Barack Obama Coins | Shankly Coin | Images | Contact us

  20. Greg England says:

    I think Shelly said it best:
    http://www.rc.umd.edu/rchs/ozy.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias

    “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
    Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

    ——————————————-

    Erm … hopefullly not! God bless America!

  21. Steve says:

    For those who don’t recognize the name:

    Bill Shankly – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Shankly

  22. 1republicanscientist says:

    BO looks like he is taking a stern HUD on the coin.


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