Why would you allow this!?!?!?!

I am sorry to whomever posted this but this is illegal! And I think it should be removed! You can not do that to coins and should find a better way to make rings.. it is wrong. We are spending are tax dollars for these to be made. 

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Dr Qui7 years ago
Its not illegal, just idiotic.

I don't understand how anyone is stupid enough to destroy a quite valuable and scarce coin to make a ring.

I was lucky to find an Irish silver 1966 5 shilling coin about 15 years ago.  to make it into a ring would be unforgivable as there where not a overly large number of these coins minted.

People who destroy old silver coins to make poor quality jewelry have no respect for either their culture or history
kelseykat2 (author) 7 years ago
I did not want to post it on a forum! I just wanted to make the site aware. I am sorry if I offended anyone for supporting being legal. I mean I do not mean to be a party popper. I am sorry If I came off that way. It just really aggravates me. :[ I think there should be a certain amount of respect to our government.
Why does your goverment "deserve respect" ? We are their masters, not the other way round.
As Rhino points out
From the US Department of Treasury FAQ http://www.treas.gov/education/faq/coins/portraits.shtml#q13: "Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who 'fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.' This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent."
This is an internationally-used site.

I'm in the UK, and the Instructable is not illegal over here. In fact, since the project renders the coin as very obviously "modded", it is illegal in almost none but the most hard-line nations.

(Out of curiosity, do you berate those various tourist locations across the US that host the machines that turn small change into long, oval souvenirs? I believe there are several around Disney World.)
Nobody's offended, and this isn't some kind of bad-boy outlaw born-to-be-wild forum - we simply have, as kelseymh pointed out, nothing to support the claim that the activity in question is illegal, and in fact have evidence to show that it IS legal.
kelseykat2 (author) 7 years ago
It is illegal in the US.
It isn't. Like most countries, its illegal to deface the coinage AND PASS IT OFF, but mutiliating it like this isn't intended to pass it off.
Provide a citation to support your claim. We've already had one accurate citation which demonstrates that you are wrong. If you have case law which contradicts the statement of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, then provide it. Otherwise, your unsubstantiated asssertions will not be taken seriously.
NachoMahma7 years ago
. Why would you sign up just to make that comment?
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