Web site visitor Martin Beauregard writes:
I am writing to request information on "US Coin Mutilation Laws."
I have read in advance of this article:
I am a French visual artist. I want to make a work with American coins, that I will present as part of an exhibition. The coins are cut and drilled in places to form a gem. The work will be presented only in the context of a museum exhibition in the United States. The work will not be sold or duplicated in several copies and remains the property of the artist.
Do I need to obtain permission to any organization, and where?
Thank you in advance for your valuable information.
As long as the mutilated coins are not put back in circulation, the owner of the coins is free to do with them as they please. Cut them, slice them, smash them, squish them, paint them or nail them to a wall. Several artists use coins in their work Below are links to earlier articles about artists using coins in their work.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
MICHIGAN MOM'S GIANT PENNY: IS IT ART?
JOHNNY SWING'S COIN FURNITURE
THE BOOK BAZARRE
RENAISSANCE OF AMERICAN COINAGE
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