Friday, March 17, 2017

Nature Clock Scroll Saw Pattern.
This desk clock requires a 2 3/4" Clock insert with a 2 3/8" diameter mounting hole. I must be ready for spring. I have used this leaf in that last two patterns. Spring officially starts Monday. Yep I'm ready.
I received several emails today about the coin cutting jig I showed in the last post. Several of them were reminding me that defacing US money is illegal. I get these emails every time I talk about this subject. Here are the facts. It is not illegal to make jewelry from coins. It is not illegal to alter money unless it is done to defraud. 

If I were to alter a $1 bill and make it look like a $100 bill and tried to pass it as such that would obviously be illegal. The key is "fraudulently". 

Here is how the statute is written.

According to Title 18, U. S. C. section 331, it is illegal to "fraudulently alter, deface, mutilate, impair, diminish, falsify, scale, or lighten 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...

This paragraph from the U.S. Mint website should clear this up:

Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who 'fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States. This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent. (Source U.S. Mint)

I know this goes against what many people have been led to believe but people have been making jewelry from coins longer than any of us have been alive. It is perfectly legal. You can cut a quarter and sell it for $10 as long as there is no intent to defraud the person you sold it to. 
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