Pang is one of perhaps 25 collectors in the world who has a numbered plate from every inauguration for which they were issued. Though later sold as souvenirs, the plates were originally intended for vehicles in the inaugural parade. (After initially declining to issue plates, the Trump inaugural committee changed its mind and is offering a commemorative plate; as of publication, it was unclear whether the committee also would issue numbered plates for the parade.) Pang’s favorite plate, from the first year they were issued, is a No. 7 plate from Franklin Roosevelt’s 1933 inauguration. Only 500 sets were made, and only about 70 plates are known to have survived. The plate’s low number indicates that it belonged to “someone very, very high up in the government,” Pang says. At more than $5,000 in 2013, the price was high as well. Inaugural plates can give “When they go low, we go high” a whole different meaning.
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