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Website sells $100 coronavirus commemorative coins, sparking backlash

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A website that is unaffiliated with the White House is selling commemorative coronavirus coins that received backlash online after the products were wrongly attributed to the official White House.

The commemorative COVID-19 coins are being sold by WhiteHouseGiftShop.com for $125, with a “deal of the day” knocking the price down to $100 on Wednesday. But despite the online store’s name, it is not affiliated with the White House. 

Although it was established by the Secret Service and run by the federal agency as recently as a decade ago, The White House Gift Shop has been privately owned since 2013, Talking Points Memo reported in 2018.

The website, though, uses a similar color scheme as the real White House website, and has the White House logo at the top of its page. 

The likeness was enough to draw ire from some people, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), online who thought the Trump administration was selling the commemorative coins.

“If the White House Gift Shop is going to produce $100 COVID-19 coins, Trump can sure as hell utilize the Defense Production Act to manufacture the gloves, gowns, and masks our medical workers desperately need,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday, with a link to a Daily Beast report about the coins.

The Hill reached out to Sanders’s office for comment.

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