Oded Paz, Vice President, TEC (The Elongated Collector) submitted these thoughts inspired by last week's item on laws regarding coin defacement in Canada. -Editor I read with interest the article regarding ARE CANADIAN ELONGATED CENTS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES? It is true that it is illegal to smash (elongate / squash) cents in Canada. I've heard that the reason is that it would be illegal to deface the Queen's portrait on the coins. Nevertheless, it is not illegal in the UK, where the Queen's image is smashed in elongating machines all the time. Many elongating machines (smashers) in Canada actually have two ways of getting around this problem:
- 1. The machines use U.S. Cents that are pre-loaded into the machines
- 2. The machines use Copper planchets that are pre-loaded into the machines
In both cases, the user just puts in the cost of the coin, and the machine uses the pre-loaded Cent or planchet to smash the image on it. Just thought that the readers might be interested in knowing this. All the best & KEEP ON SMASHING!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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