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Old 09-18-2012, 06:34 PM   #31 (permalink)
 
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I am sure that defacing any currency is punishable by law, including US dollar: Defacing US currency
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Coins no longer have absolute value either, however, so they're representative as well...

However, I'm pretty sure we've had this conversation in the past with the scroll sawed coins!
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However, I'm pretty sure we've had this conversation in the past with the scroll sawed coins!
United States coins intended for general circulation have not been made with precious metal since the 1964 Kennedy half dollar. The mint does make Silver and Gold Eagles intended for the precious metals market and they do make some silver coins to be included in proof sets for collectors.
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Thanks for the info, now it looks like a vacuum chuck in the future for the mini mill.
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I believe that if you look at the coin thing the operative word becomes "fraudulently". Unless one was doing it on a massive scale there is nothing, to speak of, lost when a coin is defaced so the government doesn't use law enforcement resources going after people who do it. People offered painted statehood quarters almost as soon as the quarters became available never heard of anyone even getting a cease and desist letter.

People have altered USA coins since long before I was born and when they were made of precious metal there might have been some prosecutions for it. But, not all that long ago, the value of the silver in silver dollars exceeded a dollar by a great deal and millions were melted down - no one that I ever heard of was prosecuted for doing it.
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Speaking of thin coins, did anyone happen to catch the program "Mysterys at the Museum" last night? They were showing a display at the FBI Museum of a nickle that the Russians were using during the Cold War. It was cut in half, hollowed out like a film canaster, and used by agents to pass coded micro film stored inside. Now that's squeezing the crap out of the Buffalo on a nickle !!! Very good info on how to thin coins. Jim S

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Just an FYI - In England it is illegal to 'Deface a Coin of the Realm" and considered High Treason. Up until 1998 High Treason was punishable by death!!!!

I'm sure just one of those ancient laws that has never been changed..... but be careful!!!! 8-)
In that case .... make an imprint of the coin you wish to depict out of copper.... (take a thin sheet of copper and use a soft wooden tool to emboss the coin's features into the metal).

Then, take some flux and solder, and tin the surface so that it's a nice shiny silver color. Use a wire braid to remove any excess solder, so that you have a nice image. You can also fill or partially fill the back of the copper foil to give it a bit more durability for your bending.

Cut the coin shape out of your sheet of copper, and make it the thickness you desire, shape it to fit round your pen barrel, and finish as you wish.

Just make sure to include a printed disclaimer that "this is a partial image of a coin, not the real thing".
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I have several pounds worth of various European coins from my ten years being stationed over there. Time to do something with them.
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An old thread I know, but I was wondering if anybody had anything new to add on how to make a coin thin for use in a pen blank. Thanks.
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An old thread I know, but I was wondering if anybody had anything new to add on how to make a coin thin for use in a pen blank. Thanks.

New??? There are many threads on this here if doing a search for cutting coins. I have cut them using a jig to hold quarter on my wood lathe (just turned down to thickness I wanted) , others have used a metal lathe and I have also cut a quarter in half using a scrollsaw.Was challenged by the resident coin cutter here Seamus and proved it is possible. Boy this is an old thread.
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