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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 35, August 27, 2006, Article 17

THE LEGALITY OF ELONGATING COINS

Bob Lyall writes: "As an Englishman I was intrigued to see that elongated
cents are still being made in the USA.  It is my belief that such action
with British coins would be illegal - is it legal to mutilate US coins?"

[Well, mutilating and coin and attempting to spend it again is illegal -
such laws were enacted to halt the practice of counterstamping coins with
merchant advertising and political slogans.  But mutilating a coin pulled
from circulation is quite legal.  Do any of our readers know more about
the relevant laws in the U.S. and U.K.?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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