VarigB707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
The other day, i came across a couple of dollar bills, stamped with the following : WHERESGEORGE.COM
Curious as i am, checked and it was an actual website, which tracks down the movement of US Currency. Funny stuff i might add. But the question still remain : Can these people write on a dollar bill?
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1): I think its the same as over here were you arent allowed to deface the queens face, so i guess itd mean as long as it isnt over the presidents face then they should be fine.
The United States and the UK have different laws.
Quoting VarigB707 (Thread starter): Funny stuff i might add. But the question still remain : Can these people write on a dollar bill?
No, I don't think you legally are. That's why the stopped selling stampers.
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1): I think its the same as over here were you arent allowed to deface the queens face, so i guess itd mean as long as it isnt over the presidents face then they should be fine
There is a regulation that says that it is illegal to deface US Currency, but it is rarely enforced. Mainly due to Freedom of Speech and Expression. I can take a $100 dollar bill and stand in front of the White House and write anything I want on it, then burn it to a crisp. The only thing a DC Police Officer will say is " You dummy, you just burned a $100 bill"
[Edited 2006-12-03 18:59:56]
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Quoting Duff44 (Reply 4): I think the 'defacing currency' law is more enforced in cases of alteration with counterfeiting intent, and not defacing for other reasons.
That is indeed the main reason for that law to exist. But it could at least in theory be used against people writing things on bills, especially if that writing is defamatory against the US or the dollar or makes the bill hard to distinguish from bills of a different value.
Not the same as saying "it's definitely the same everywhere".
I'm sure it's illegal to deface money here, even if you don't deface the Queen's head, as the coins and notes belong to the Crown or Treasury. I guess if you were caught writing offensive remarks on a lot of notes, you might be banged to rights but I don't think it happens very often.
Defacing money might with the intent to defraud is more likely to result in a charge of, well, fraud, I would have thought.
Soups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
recall in the late 80s beginning 90s in lebanon, when u paid in 100 dollar bills they usually write ur contact number on it, or they photocopy the note and have ur contact next to the bill on the A4 sheet
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Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows: Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service. Their mailing address is:
United States Secret Service
950 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20223.
Soylentgreen From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 244 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
Legal to write on, but illegal to photocopy in similar size. Permissible to photocopy in larger or smaller size, where it is clear than the copy is not legal tender. Also, bank must accept as long as at least 50% of bill present; at under 50%, it is no longer legal tender.