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08 Oct 2021

The Hobby Protection Act and Daniel Carr

| Mokie

A designer-engraver named Daniel Carr does business in Colorado manufacturing exquisitely rendered imitations of U.S. coins. As faithful to the originals as his versions are, he is not legally required to include the word "COPY" in the field as one would expect under the provisions of the federal Hobby Protection Act. According to the Hobby Protection Act an imitation numismatic item means "an item which purports to be, but in fact is not, an original numismatic item or which is a reproduction, copy, or counterfeit of an original numismatic item. Such term includes an original numismatic item which has been altered or modified in such a manner that it could reasonably purport to be an original numismatic item other than the one which was altered or modified. The term shall not include any re-issue or re-strike of any original numismatic item by the United States or any foreign government." On the surface, it appears that Carr's creations ought to be prohibited by the Hobby Protection Act. So why is he still allowed to produce his coins?

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