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There is always the question of “Isn’t that illegal, to deface coins?”
The law states:
Federal statute 18 USC 331:
“whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
The key word is fraudulent. Because we are not defacing to defraud, there is no concern of legality. We are merely making jewelry, not gold plating a nickel and trying to pass it off as a five dollar gold piece, that is illegal.
Still not sure?
Just visit any National Park, Monument or Museum and you will find a penny smashing machine that mutilates and defaces the penny to create a souvenir…
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