It’s 3:27 AM. The TV’s on. As with most things in this world TV is different at 3:27 AM. There are fewer programs and more commercials. Even where there are programs the commercials within are different.
My TV’s on pause at the moment because I’ve just watched an ad for a $50 Gold Buffalo Tribute Proof and I’m fascinated.
It’s easy to get the impression this is a $50 coin though the ad makes no such promise. It’s easy to think it’s a gold coin. Again, that’s not a promise made.
The commercial is beautiful in its simplicity and magical writing. It begins by showing and describing a legitimate US government issued $50 gold coin whose value has skyrocketed.
The $50 Gold Buffalo Coin is the purest gold coin ever made by the U.S. government. It’s the first U.S. coin ever struck using .9999 Pure 24 KT Gold. Its design is based on the famous Buffalo nickel minted from 1913 to 1938. Wildly popular with investors and collectors, the U.S. government had to stop production because of a shortage of specially made gold blanks.
Of course that’s not what’s being sold for $9.95 plus shipping and handling. The coin advertised is clad in not made of gold. Specifically it’s clad in 14 milligrams of pure gold!
That 14 milligram claim brought out the math geek in me. I ran the numbers.
14 milligrams equals 0.000493835467 ounces.
As I type the price of gold is $1347.21 per ounce. That makes the value of the gold cladding around 67¢!
See what you miss being asleep.