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  • txcoder commented on Mrballeng's instructable Make a ring by melting pennies. 8 months ago
    Make a ring by melting pennies.

    It is not illegal to destroy money in the USA. U.S. currency and coinage is destroyed all the time. For example, when you go to any large tourist attraction you will find machines that press pennies into keepsakes. If this was illegal do you think they would be allowed to exist? Title 18, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code prohibits the FRAUDULENT defacing, altering and so on of US coinage. This was a law created because a man plated nickels with gold and passed them off as five dollar gold pieces. It also addresses penalties for people to lighten coinage. People would file off a small amount of gold or silver and then spend the coin. The filings would be sold off later when a sufficient amount was collected.By rendering the coin unrecognizable, I understand that this could not be taken...see more »It is not illegal to destroy money in the USA. U.S. currency and coinage is destroyed all the time. For example, when you go to any large tourist attraction you will find machines that press pennies into keepsakes. If this was illegal do you think they would be allowed to exist? Title 18, Chapter 17 of the U.S. Code prohibits the FRAUDULENT defacing, altering and so on of US coinage. This was a law created because a man plated nickels with gold and passed them off as five dollar gold pieces. It also addresses penalties for people to lighten coinage. People would file off a small amount of gold or silver and then spend the coin. The filings would be sold off later when a sufficient amount was collected.By rendering the coin unrecognizable, I understand that this could not be taken as fraudulent alteration or mutilation. But you could call the U.S. Treasury Department or Federal Reserve to make sure.Personally, I don't think I would use zinc or lead to make a ring.

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