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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

“A Silvery Tribute to All Who Were Lost on That Tragic Day”

posted by on August 27 at 13:00 PM


Last night during a USA network rerun of Law & Order: This Baby’s Been Raped!, I saw an absolutely astonishing two-minute infomercial for the product pictured above.

The basics:

The National Collector’s Mint makes history with the release of this Government Authorized non-circulating Liberian legal tender September 11th commemorative. This $20 Silver Leaf Coin-Certificate displays a standard $20 denomination on one side. But on the other side, it’s the first time ever that two separate denominations have been used to add up to the full $20 face value—it uses 9 and 11 to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.

The specifics:

On the front, the frosted Twin Towers stand out against a mirror-like background, double dated 2001-2008 with our promise – “We will never forget!” On the back , the Statue of Liberty heralds a stunning design of the new Freedom Tower skyline in a silvery tribute to all who were lost on that tragic day.

So for $20 (plus shipping and handling), you can purchase a $20 Commemorative, essentially commemorating the $20 you just threw away on this garbage. But this isn’t just a $20 Commemorative—it’s a September 11th $20 Commemorative.

I like non-circulating Liberian legal tender as much as the next person, but this is just gross.

(Those interested in seeing the instigating commercial can go here.)

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Posted by Ziggity | August 27, 2008 12:57 PM

I turn the channel whenever this commercial comes on. It's disgusting.

Posted by al | August 27, 2008 1:00 PM

Wait, what happened on 9/11?

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | August 27, 2008 1:02 PM

It makes me a little sad these are going to end up in 10,000 homes.

Posted by Dougsf | August 27, 2008 1:04 PM

you have to at least acknowledge it's pretty clever to use 9+11 to make it $20. it's non-circulating legal liberian tender that really makes you think.

Posted by brandon | August 27, 2008 1:08 PM

Thank you for that, 1 and 5.

Posted by David Schmader | August 27, 2008 1:10 PM

How about donate $20 to some 9/11 rescue worker that can't get medical help anymore instead.

Shame on you National Collector’s Mint!

Posted by Andie | August 27, 2008 1:11 PM

Nevar forge-t

Posted by Non | August 27, 2008 1:13 PM

You've only just seen that spot? It's been running for months. "Silver leaf" is, I recall, about the thickness of cigarette-pack foil, so be sure to buy the optional sturdy frame.

Posted by Toe Tag | August 27, 2008 1:15 PM

I'm holding out for the Precious Moments collectible 9-11 figurine.

Posted by kinaidos | August 27, 2008 1:19 PM

9: Yeah, last night was my first night watching Tivo-free television in a year or so, and I was driving my friend crazy by spazzing out over commercials she'd been seeing(and I'd been Tivo-ing through) for months.

Posted by David Schmader | August 27, 2008 1:31 PM

Is Pat Robertson involved in this in any way? He's a good friend and business partner of deposed Liberian dictator and mass murderer Charles Taylor, and he's deeply involved in African silver, gold and diamond mining. What better way to commemorate that terrible day than by putting some money in the pockets of people who pump eight-year-olds full of drugs so they'll machine-gun or machete their neighbors in civil war.

Posted by Fnarf | August 27, 2008 1:32 PM

Isn't 9/11 Labor Day?

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 27, 2008 1:36 PM

Oh, come on, Fnarf! Don't be such a wet blanket - it's 9/11 money, hurrah!

Posted by Ziggity | August 27, 2008 1:37 PM

And I thought the 9/11 coin with the flip-up towers was offensive...

Posted by Trouble | August 27, 2008 2:17 PM

No one ever lost money underestimating...

But it is fantastic in its audacity: 9+11=20, that monstrous tower-to-be, non-circulating West African currency (wait, what's non-circulating currency?), 7th anniversary! Can we have a bald eagle rescuing suicidal jumpers in midfall with its talons and bringing them to Jesus' Kingdom too?

Posted by ragold | August 27, 2008 2:47 PM

What's great is that $20 Liberian Dollars equates to 31 US cents.

This is, however, a step up from the "Freedom Tower Silver Dollar" which was ".999 silver clad" Marianas Islands "legally authorized government issue" marked with a denomination of "one dollar" and having a legal monetary value of precisely $0.00.

Posted by K | August 27, 2008 2:51 PM

Dave, you forgot my favorite part. That these amazing pieces of memorabilia/tender will only be sold at that special discount rate to *American* citizens... right.

Posted by Preston | August 27, 2008 3:09 PM

Liberia has a fine tradition of inappropriate money/stamps. I lived there in 1985, and my favorite stamp was one with Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day. When Diana gave birth to William, the Liberian government simply took the old stamp and wrote over the top in gold leaf "Royal Baby" and reissued it.

Posted by amatildaj | August 27, 2008 3:11 PM

Does Liberia have any "circulating" currency?

Posted by elswinger | August 27, 2008 3:34 PM

Wow, you don't get in much. That ad has been playing constantly on cable channels for months.

Posted by calvin | August 27, 2008 4:08 PM

Calvin: See 11.

Posted by Blindshavemorefun | August 27, 2008 4:49 PM

"Knock knock!"
"Who's there?"
"9/11 who?"

Posted by DB | August 27, 2008 6:24 PM

Before the Liberian civil war, they used money from the United States. Liberia also minted their own $1 and $5 coins which were in heavy use. They were equivalent to US $1 and $5 bills. Once the war started up in the late 1980's, the government started randomly minting the $1 and $5 coins and the two currency systems became unhinged. I am not sure if Liberia is currently printing its own currency or is back to using US money (or both).

Posted by amatildaj | August 28, 2008 10:59 AM

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