My Summit Coin arrived yesterday!
I ordered this on May 25th, when I thought it was funny and not too expensive. It arrived on August 28th, after I’d given up on it’s arrival entirely. That’s three months after paying for it via a sketchy looking paypal address.
The paperwork was folded in three, both directions, to make it similar sized as the coin itself. That is why it wouldn’t lay flat in my scanner.
The white house gift shop is an interesting company. It claims to have been created under charter from President Harry Truman, but has nothing to do with the US government at all.
The details of this coin blew up on both cable media and social media when Donald Trump announced he would be meeting with Kim Jong-Un, and then further announced that he wouldn’t. After the announcement of the cancellation, the price on the coin dropped under $20, convincing me to buy one as a funny souvenir. After I ordered it, the summit was rescheduled and actually happened.
When I didn’t receive the coin in the first few weeks I looked back in my mail history and couldn’t find any confirmation that I’d actually ordered it beyond the pay-pal receipt. I remembered that I’d ordered the item using the web browser in my phone, while sitting in a coffee shop in another country. I mostly decided to chalk it up to an inexpensive learning experience.
Further research led me to this series of articles, which were interesting details about what the white house gift shop really is, and any relation to the government. WTF Is The White House Gift Shop? A TPM Special Report and White House Gift Shop, TPM Investigation Continues! I recommend reading each of them.