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How to protect compromised plastic case with bonus USMint 2023 Women's Quarter

This USMint 2023 Women's quarters was a gift for my 10-yr old granddaughter. I gift-wrapped it without opening the box. At Christmas when she opened it, we noticed the bonus coin and the bowed case.

I am not offering it for sale - it isn't mine, it belongs to my granddaughter.

I am asking advice about how to proceed from here. I asked the USMint for help, but they declined to get involved since I contacted them after their deadline for returning 'damaged' items.

  1. Should I do anything? (I'm inclined to do something to protect these proof coins since they are exposed to air.)

  2. What would you suggest? (I propose removing the 'bonus' coin [it appears to be Eleanor Roosevelt] by holding the case with the open side down; prying open the case just enough to let the coin fall out. Keep wedges in the gap to hold it open.)

  3. After removing the bonus coin, seal the case - with something. But what is the best sealant? Tester's glue? Silicone? Nothing.

  4. Does anyone know how the USMint seals their plastic cases?

  5. Any other ideas?

Answers

  • johnhenry9009johnhenry9009 Posts: 62 ✭✭
    edited March 28, 2024 10:02AM

    I'd say leave the Quarter in and just give it a push in so it's in the case all the way. It makes for a nice conversation piece.
    I think the US mint just uses Snap-On plastic similar to a Air-tight so if you want to take the coin out. You can gently pop it open. Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkppbP0dOxI skip to 6:25-7:19 Hopefully this helps. 😊

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,659 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't use any glue, the off gas could react with the coin surfaces. Clear scotch tape if necessary. Good luck. Peace Roy

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  • @johnhenry9009 said:
    I'd say leave the Quarter in and just give it a push in so it's in the case all the way. It makes for a nice conversation piece.
    I think the US mint just uses Snap-On plastic similar to a Air-tight so if you want to take the coin out. You can gently pop it open. Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkppbP0dOxI skip to 6:25-7:19 Hopefully this helps. 😊

    Thanks johnhenry for your two thoughtful options, and thanks for the link to the (somewhat disturbing) youTube video about how to open a USMint plastic case.

    It's not entirely clear that the bonus coin can be pushed back into the case so that the case will close again. It would probably need to be pushed both down and also toward one of the top row coins. Even then, the embossed "USA" occupies a significant amount of space, and may prevent the case from sealing even after moving it.

    Breaking open the case seems easy enough to do. It might be possible to open the case, remove the coin, then cut away the embossed "USA" pocket (or squash it flat), then replace the bonus coin, and reseal the case. Then we would still be able to have a nice conversation piece with the bonus coin in a sealed case.

    I will ask the owner what she thinks.

  • @Namvet69 said:
    Don't use any glue, the off gas could react with the coin surfaces. Clear scotch tape if necessary. Good luck. Peace Roy

    Good points. Thank you Namvet69.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,717 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd leave it as is. It might have a small premium to someone, but any tampering will eliminate that.

  • JWPJWP Posts: 17,479 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would live it as is
    Once you remove the extra quarter the possible value of this USMFOOPAW is only a memory.

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  • Keep Her Set and Purchase the Quarter set on line / Coin Store or Coin Show.

  • A suggestion to "keep" her set implies that I have some sort of ownership. I made it clear in my initial post that it belongs to my granddaughter. You must not have any 10-yr-old grandchildren! :D

    I'm inclined to let her decide what to do.

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    Interesting side note. I sent an email with the above photos to the USMint. They apologized for any 'inconvenience', and offered a replacement. I replied that I had no desire to return it - I only wanted them to know of their error, and suggested they examine their inspection stations to ensure such mistakes are reduced. They replied that they would inform 'upper management' about this issue.

    Last week I received a package from the USM containing a set of cardboard boxes for each mint set that I ordered last year. The accompanying unsigned, undated letter stated "We were recently informed of a problem on the packaging of your order.... To ensure we maintain our high standards, we are providing you with updated replacement packaging."

    Upper management, eh?

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