The White House Gift Shop is allowing online pre-orders for a coronavirus commemorative coin that costs $125. The website claims that 20 percent of proceeds will be “donated each day to U.S. hospitals including Johns Hopkins for its COVID-19 Coordination and Trackins [sic].”
The coin features the names of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. It has a graphic of the COVID-19 virus on one side and the presidential podium on the other.
The coronavirus coin is the 11th in their “Historic Moments” collection. Other coins in the collection include one bearing Trump’s face and deemed a symbol of “the genius level thinking & proven successes of President Donald J. Trump.”
The White House Gift Shop previously issued a coin commemorating Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. When the summit was in doubt, they announced they would still mint the coin whether it happened or not.
The White House Gift Shop is a controversial business that is only tangentially related to the actual White House. At one point it was affiliated with the Secret Service, but the trademark is held by a private individual, Anthony Giannini.
Giannini describes himself as non-partisan, but admits he is a Trump supporter.
The coin is currently on sale for $100.