I’d like to thank everyone that was concerned about whether making mokume out of quarters is legal. I’ll also be talking about my history as a coin collector and some of the mokume projects I’ve been working on.
Thanks for watching and enjoy!
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Simple Knifemaking – http://www.amazon.com/dp/1534897704/?tag=backyardbowye-20
Simple PVC Pipe Bows – http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478140917/?tag=backyardbowye-20
Take-Down Archery – http://www.amazon.com/dp/1479348481/?tag=backyardbowye-20
The Impossible Bow – http://www.amazon.com/dp/098324815X/?tag=backyardbowye-20
The Backyard Bowyer – http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983248109/?tag=backyardbowye-20
Darts on Target – http://www.amazon.com/dp/151165385X/?tag=backyardbowye-20
Adventures in Paracord – http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983248133/?tag=backyardbowye-20
All Wrapped Up In Paracord – http://www.amazon.com/dp/1483969169/?tag=backyardbowye-20
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Here’s some info on the legality of making coin mokume and coin jewelry in general.
U.S. Code is 18 U.S.C. §331 reads, Whoever fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates, impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales or lightens any of the coins coined at the mints of the United States, or any foreign coins which are by law made current or are in actual use or circulation as money within the United States; or whoever fraudulently possesses, passes, utters, publishes, or sells, or attempts to pass, utter, publish, or sell, or brings into the United States, any such coin, knowing the same to be altered, defaced, mutilated, impaired, diminished, falsified, scaled or lightened – shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
This applies to altering coins in order to use them for a higher value or for shaving coins for their metal value while still passing the shaved coins off as legal tender.
(b) The prohibition contained in § 82.1 against the treatment of 5-cent coins and one-cent coins shall not apply to the treatment of these coins for educational, amusement, novelty, jewelry, and similar purposes as long as the volumes treated and the nature of the treatment makes it clear that such treatment is not intended as a means by which to profit solely from the value of the metal content of the coins.
There is a prohibition on melting or exporting 1 and 5 US cent coins for their metal value, but this does not apply to using the metal for jewelry or novelty purposes like I am doing here.
If you are from another country, please check your local laws because in some places any alteration or modification of coins is illegal regardless of intent.