It took some time for me to locate a Medcalf & Russell 2M-55 (Gomez FMR-PL17). The re-seller broke up a complete US Conference Mayors Medals set from the Franklin Mint. Hawaii related Franklin Mint issues only appear for sale when a complete set is individually resold (intent is multiple price mark-ups on increase inventory or sell the remnants of a cannibalized set).
A USPS “body bag” that contained a bubble wrap envelope and a loose medal was delivered to my street address. From my evaluation of the situation, I see that the sealing fold of the bubble wrap envelope was damaged causing a large hole which allowed the medal to be ejected out during shipment. Half of a coin flip was found in the bubble envelope.
The re-seller failed in several ways:
1. Always secure the coin/medal in the coin flip or coin cardboard holder. Seal it to prevent it from being dislodged during shipment and handling.
2. Secure the coin flip or cardboard holder in a corrugated safety mailer or place between a folded piece of corrugated cardboard from a shipping box. Seal it to prevent it from being dislodged during shipment and handling.
3. Secure the corrugated safety mailer/folded piece of corrugated cardboard in the mailing envelope. As an extra measure of security, tape the corrugated holder on the inside of the envelope. Filament tape works best.
4. Seal the mailing envelope.
5. Along the four mailing envelope folds, fold on re-enforced gummed paper tape. The gummed paper tape is first moisten and folded onto each of the folds. it is best to overlap the gummed paper tape for a secure seal.
6. Address with water resistant ink. If not, overlap the address with clear shipping tape. If a pre-printed label is used, overlap the address with clear shipping tape (USPS does not recommend covering the label with tape but I normally do it).
This re-seller only performed 1 of the 6 steps. A “F” in my book as a coin dealer.
As a side note: If the coin/medal is of high value always ship in a box. Entomb the box with gummed paper tape in random patterns. The random patterns allows the applied (stamped) inked USPS dated seal on the gummed tape to act as tamper evident seal. Always verify that the USPS randomly places the inked USPS dated seal all over and at random places on the entomb box. This packaging method can be seen from received items from major auction houses and major dealers.