Anonymous on Jun 20, 2013
So I was finally able to give this to my friend today for her birthday and she loved it, very good.
Anonymous on Feb 5, 2013
Lovely product, and very helpful maker/shop owner!
Is that even legal??
For my 22nd birthday, in an effort to keep me occupied and out of her hair, my little sister bought me a metal stamping kit. From the moment I felt that new hammer in my hot little hands, I was hooked. I stamped for hours on end (much to my neighbors' chagrin), trying to perfect my technique. I found out rather quickly that it was actually quite expensive to use my precious metal sheets to practice with, and I began searching for something more economical to work with. Enter, piggy jar!
I figured that pennies were 'almost' copper, and about the size of what I was working with before, so I grabbed a handful from my loose change jar and set to work. I will say that it is much different to stamp a coin, with it's many bumps and ridges, than a flat sheet of metal, but it was a challenge I relished.
After I outfitted all of my friends and family members with mountains of coin jewelry, and had put a successful craft show under my belt, I decided it was time to take my pennies to a wider audience - ETSY! I absolutely relish customizing pennies, nickels, and dimes for my customers. By stamping on coins instead of boring old circles, I'm able to send out truly unique pieces of personalized jewelry, at a fraction of the usual cost.
My Etsy success has also allowed me to branch out and I'll soon be offering a multitude of new items - including leather bracelets and metal cuffs!
Oh, and to answer the question I know you all are asking - yes, my stamped coins are absolutely legal.
According to United States Code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331 (which covers the mutilation, diminution, and falsification of coins) it's only illegal to alter a coin with the intent of committing fraud. The law was actually established back when the U.S. minted coins made mostly of precious metal, and some unsavory characters would "lighten" coins - by shaving off a tiny amount of metal (usually silver) from the outside of a large number of coins, and then selling the silver. How's that for a history lesson!
Stamping coins, like I do, is considered the same way as elongated pennies - it doesn't violate the law, because the coin is no longer used in circulation and is not being used to defraud anyone.
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