I'd return those. I couldn't get past that.
Agreed. The only obvious pair of seconds that I've gotten was not even close to that bad.
These look like thirds, if not fourths to me. I'd send them back first thing in the morning.
No, nothing in stock. MTO's are currently 15% off, though, which (if AE could do it), would end up at $505 plus tax. It would seem simple enough to make a Strand without the medallion, but you never know what they will or will not do.