Sales of Clinton-Trump coin skyrocket after local coverage

Marvin Cunningham, president at Long-Stanton, a sheet metal manufacturer in West Chester, holds up a pair of two sided coins with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on them. The company minted 1,000 brass coins as a marketing item for those who might need a coin to decide between the two Presidential candidates. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

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Marvin Cunningham, president at Long-Stanton, a sheet metal manufacturer in West Chester, holds up a pair of two sided coins with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on them. The company minted 1,000 brass coins as a marketing item for those who might need a coin to decide between the two Presidential candidates. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

People in southwest Ohio are flipping for a brass coin made by a local manufacturing company.

Butler County metal stamper Long-Stanton Manufacturing minted 1,000 brass coins in July as a marketing piece just before the respective parties' conventions, with Donald Trump's face on one side and Hillary Clinton's on the other.

The “Indecision 2016” coins hearkened back to the company’s founder, who created coins for presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the contentious campaign of 1860.

The sixth-generation, 154-year-old West Chester Twp. family business said it initially gave away more than 400 coins as a marketing piece and sold approximately 200.

Then, after this media outlet wrote about the coin last week, sales soared and skyrocketed the coin to the top spot on Amazon's "Gag Toys & Practical Jokes" category.

Many customers purchased multiple coins, sending them as gifts to friends and relatives nationwide, he said.

As of Tuesday, it only lagged behind a Donald Trump talking pen, a fake mustaches kit and a product that sounds (and likely smells) so horrific that we won't even print its name here.

The popularity of the newly minted “Indecision 2016” coin even found one customer turning out to Long-Stanton’s front door at 7 a.m. Monday before the company opened to purchase five of the collectible coins.

With only 20 of the shiny souvenirs remaining, Long-Stanton is planning to create at least 1,000 more coins by Friday or sooner to handle the increased demand, according to company president Marvin Cunningham.

"As soon as it went online Thursday, my phone started buzzing with sales on Amazon," Cunningham told the Journal-News on Tuesday. "It was really pretty spectacular to be driving up to a Dayton Dragons and the phone buzzes with an order for two, four (or) five (coins). One guy bought 10. It seemed like a lot of were very interested in it and found the humor in the situation that we do and wanted to share it with people."

For more information, visit www.Indecision2016coin.com.

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