This is perhaps the most frequently asked question we receive about our Cross Pennies.
It's important to address this concern because there's a lot of misinformation circulating.
To clarify, we reached out to the U.S. Treasury, the authoritative source on matters related to coinage.
According to Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code, altering, defacing, or otherwise impairing coins from the U.S. Mint is prohibited, if done fraudulently.
The critical keyword here is "fraudulently."
In other words, changing a coin's appearance is not unlawful by itself; the intent to deceive or misrepresent the altered coin is what triggers legal consequences.
Our Cross Pennies do not aim to deceive or defraud.
They are not presented as anything other than altered pennies with a cross cut out.
These souvenirs hold artistic and symbolic value without intent to deceive, making them in compliance with the law.
This is comparable to the souvenir coin machines found in amusement parks and tourist attractions, which also create modified coins that are lawful.
For instance, attractions like the Ark Encounter in Kentucky and Walt Disney World feature penny-smashing machines that create personalized keepsakes.
These machines would not be operating if it were illegal to create such art. If someone questions the legality of our Cross Pennies, you can confidently explain that they fall within the bounds of the law and direct them to the U.S. Treasury's official resources for further clarification.