Speaking of replicas: Regarding the tiny "COPY" inscription on the Higley copper reproduction illustrated in previous issues, I wrote: "I thought that "COPY" was a wee bit small myself. So which regulatory agency is in charge of enforcing the Hobby Protection Act?"
Ben Keele writes:
David Ganz writes:
FTC (Federal trade commission), but it is also a private action statute (that is an individual citizen can bring the claim and obtain damages and reasonable attorneys fees.
It seems to me that only the FTC would have the clout to persuade a violating manufacturer to comply to the letter of the law. Any damages an individual could claim would be based on their actual dollar outlay, and as sold by the maker these repros are cheap and plainly marketed as copies. Only if a third party passes one of these off as genuine and at a high price would there be any substantial outlay. But then the case would be against the third-party seller, not the maker.
On a related note Philip Mernick writes:
I was reading the items about Peter Rosa reproductions. Not, as far as I know, having seen one, I have to ask how easy they are to distinguish from the originals. They are made from pewter but plated and toned to match the original and not (I presume) marked "replica". They could fool somebody bidding on-line but would they fool a collector at a coin show?
I asked Philip about the pewter reference, and he noted that on the ReplicaCoins web site it says they are all made of pewter. That would make the weight of the pieces a key factor in determining replicas from originals. Below is the exact text from the web site. Interesting.
Our coins are made of the finest lead and cadmium-free pewter. This the same type of pewter that is used for dinner plates and drinking cups.
The coins are electroplated with a pure silver, 24 karat gold or copper, depending on the original coins’ metallic make up.
The silver and copper coins are then patinated and finished by hand to give them an aged looked.
To read the CoinReplicas FAQ page, see:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
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