The United States Commemorative Gallery “Titanic Anniversary” coin is a “Limited Edition” commemorative “proof” coin at a seemingly unbelievable value.
Partial transcript of the TV commercial:
The maiden voyage of the unsinkable RMS Titanic ignited the imagination of the entire world. She was the ultimate in comfort and opulence and set the standard for luxury for decades to come. Now, exactly 100 years later, the United States Commemorative Gallery is proud to offer this rare collectors item.
Key phrases that may be deceitful:
- The United States Commemorative Gallery is proud to offer this rare collectors item – The United States Commemorative Gallery sounds as though it could be affiliated with, or part of the United States government or the U.S. Mint. In reality the United States Commemorative Gallery is a private company that stamps-out non-monatary (fake/no value) coins. “Collectors Item” is defined by the Free Dictionary as “a thing regarded as being exquisite or rare and thus worthy of the interest of one who collects such things“. Generally this would be an actual ‘rare’ coin, or other item of real value. We doubt that any serious numismatist would consider anything from the “U.S. Commemorative Gallery” rare or exquisite.
- Layered in magnificent 24k Gold – Did you catch the “layered” part? Our keenly-speaking announcer with the british accent says it so smoothly that you almost don’t even notice. “Layered” means that it has a coating or is ‘clad’ in gold. The gold on (ON, not IN) these coins is typically measured in microns and milligrams. The TV commercial displays “24kt Gold” on the screen after glossing-over the word “layered” in what appears to be a very deceitful attempt to make the viewer believe this is an actual gold coin.
- ..comes with this museum-grade capsule – Coin holders of this type generally range in cost from $0.20 to $0.90
- ..Individually numbered certificate of authenticity – A certificate.. With a number on it does not make this coin any more valuable nor does being an “authentic” non government, no-monatary-value coin give it any value
- Valued at $60 – By who? There is no precious metal (gold) in this coin, and they give no information as to “who” says it’s worth $60. We were unable to find this coin listed in any numismatic pricing guides
- But call in the next 15 minutes and you can own this valuable heirloom for just $19.95 – Dictionary.com defines “valuable” as “Worth a great deal of money”. We do not consider $19.95 “a great deal of money”. The definition heirloom is: “A valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations.” We have already determined that this coin would not be considered valuable by most people, and because they only started stamping them out in 2012, it is not possible to have belonged to any family for several generations.
- You’ll also receive this beautiful silver layered proof – This time the word “layered” is spoken so quickly it’s almost un-noticible. It is almost as though they want you to think that this is a “real silver” coin, which it is not.
- Captain’s leatherette Folio Pouch: an $80 value, today FREE – “Leatherette” means fake leather and all of the items described in the folio pouch appear to be low quality party-favors. TVTitanic.com does not specify who or even how they came up with “$80 value”. The word free is displayed in large golden typeface while the announcer says “free, just pay shipping and processing”. Although technically correct in being “free”, shipping and processing is not
- This offer is now a $190 value – No details, specifics, or other information is given as to how or where these items have a value of $190. As best as we can tell, the actual value of these items is no more than $19.95 as proved by the fact that we can purchase it for $19.95. This phrase could be viewed by some as intentionally misleading the viewer into thinking that these items have an actual or resale value of $190.
Were you fooled by the TVTitanic.com “Titanic Anniversary” coin TV commercial?