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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 47, November 19, 2006, Article 28

JAPANESE MAGICIANS ARRESTED FOR MUTILATING COINS

Coin mutilation laws are fairly lax in most countries - people are
free to do whatever they want with their own coins as long as they
don't try spending them.  But the laws are tough in Japan - keep
your paws off the government's coins!  According to a November 15
news report from Tokyo, "Three magicians and another man have been
arrested for punching holes in coins..."

"The four punched holes in or shaved the edges of 400 coins including
10- and 500-yen coins for use in magic, Metropolitan Police Department
investigators said."

Police have confiscated about 1,200 coins they altered. Under the
law, those who damage coins could face up to one year in prison or
a fine up to 200,000 yen."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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