A gift shop is cashing in on Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis by pre-emptively selling commemorative coins marking the US president defeating the deadly virus.
The limited edition coin, titled “President Donald J. Trump Defeats COVID”, is available to pre-order from the White House Gift Shop website, with the item priced at $100 ($A139) a piece.
The White House Gift Shop is not the official gift shop of the White House and the commemorative coins being sold on the website are not officially approved or sanctioned by the US government.
Trump is currently still being treated for COVID-19 at the Walter Reed military hospital in Maryland where he was flown on Friday night after his symptoms worsened.
Despite the president still needing medical care, the White House Gift Shop had decided to pre-emptively mark his return to full health with an expensive commemorative coin.
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People who pre-order the coin will have the item shipped to them on November 7, with the first 1000 orders to receive a free presidential blue mask with the coin.
Anthony Giannini, CEO of the company, has designed the coin to commemorate the past four years of Trump’s presidency.
“I am pleased to announce the prerelease of the final commemorative art coin in the Historic Moments in History Series, a new commemorative that vividly shows President Trump’s historic presidential candidacy win, itself, from his descent on the elevator in Trump Tower, against an army of highly qualified Republican presidential candidates — to present day with President Trump’s ascendance over and defeat of the deadly COVID pandemic virus,” Mr Giannini wrote.
He said the new design was suggestive of superhero graphic art because Trump has “created a never before seen presidential mythos”.
The gift shop also sells multiple other coins to commemorate significant moments throughout Trump’s presidency, including his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the establishment of the Space Force branch of the US Army.
The majority of the coins and coin sets are priced under $150 ($A209), with the most expensive set on offer for a massive $350 ($A487).
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For that price buyers get two “rare” coins commemorating Trump’s first peace talks in Singapore and the second commemorating talks between Trump, Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Though the US president’s COVID-19 symptoms are still severe enough to require hospitalisation, he briefly left the hospital on Sunday to wave to fans from his motorcade.
Trump was seen wearing a dark face mask has he waved to supporters that had gathered outside the medical centre to wish him well.
His appearance came just moment before he tweeted that he had a “surprise” in store for his supporters.
“We’re going to pay a little surprise to some of the great patriots that we have out on the street,” Trump had said in a video posted to Twitter moments earlier.
“I’m about to make a little surprise visit.”
Trump, who has been repeatedly rebuked for flouting public health guidelines and spreading misinformation on the pandemic, added that he had “learned a lot about Covid” by “really going to school,” as he has battled the virus.
“This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the books school,’ and I get it, and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing,” he said.
But his decision to leave the hospital, even momentarily, while still suffering from the virus was heavily criticised by health experts
“That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” said James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University.
“The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.”