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We at the Great American Coin Company take great pride in not only the replica coins we manufacture, but also our honesty and integrity. The creation of replica coins, reproduction coins, copy coins or tokens requires a significant amount of responsibility. It is immensely important that replica coins are sold with the utmost transparency to ensure that the customer is aware that they are not only purchasing a replica coin, but that the reproduction coin was neither struck by the United States Mint nor has any monetary value. In addition, we believe it is extremely important for the purchaser of replica coins to be aware of the base metal used to manufacture a particular replica coin. With the exception of our .999 silver replica coins, all our reproduction coins are individually die-struck in pure .999 copper, prior to plating in either copper, silver, or gold. Pure copper offers the finest non-precious metal base material for plating. By the use of copper we can significantly expand the life of our replica coins, which will allow our customers to appreciate their beauty for years to come.

As part of our service to our customers, we have included the relevant portion of the U.S. Hobby Protection Act - 15USC-2101, which pertains to the manufacture of replica, reproduction, or copy coins. The U.S. Hobby Protection Act, provides the base for consumer protection related to replica coin manufacturing. However, we believe one of the most important aspects of the Law, is not just the requirement that a replica coin be stamped with the word 'COPY', but that it is clear to the consumer that the coin is a copy, replica or reproduction. As mentioned before, transparency is of the utmost importance.

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR NUMISMATICS UNDER THE HOBBY PROTECTION ACT.

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304.1 Terms defined.

304.2 General requirements.

304.3 Applicability.

304.4 Application of other law and regulations.

304.6 Marking requirements for imitation numismatic items.

Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.

Source: 40 FR 5496, Feb. 6, 1975, unless otherwise noted.

304.1 Terms defined.

(a) Act means the Hobby Protection Act (approved November 29, 1973; Pub. L. 93 - 167, 87 Stat. 686, (15 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.)).

(b) Commerce has the same meanings as such term has under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

(c) Commission means the Federal Trade Commission.

(d) 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.

(f) Original numismatic item means anything which has been a part of a coinage or issue which has been used in exchange or has been used to commemorate a person, object, place, or event. Such term includes coins, tokens, paper money, and commemorative medals.

(h) Person means any individual, group, association, partnership, or any other business entity.

(i) Regulations means any or all regulations prescribed by the Federal Trade Commission pursuant to the Act.

(j) United States means the States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(k) Diameter of a reproduction means the length of the longest possible straight line connecting two points on the perimeter of the reproduction.

[40 FR 5496, Feb. 6, 1975, as amended at 53 FR 38942, Oct. 4, 1988]

304.2 General requirement.

Imitation numismatic items subject to the Act shall be marked in conformity with the requirements of the Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder. Any violation of these regulations shall constitute a violation of the Act and of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

304.3 Applicability.

Any person engaged in the manufacturing, or importation into the United States for introduction into or distribution in commerce, of imitation numismatic items shall be subject to the requirements of the Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

304.4 Application of other law or regulation.

The provisions of these regulations are in addition to, and not in substitution for or limitation of, the provisions of any other law or regulation of the United States (including the existing statutes and regulations prohibiting the reproduction of genuine currency) or of the law or regulation of any State.

304.6 Marking requirements for imitation numismatic items.

(a) An imitation numismatic item which is manufactured in the United States, or imported into the United States for introduction into or distribution in commerce, shall be plainly and permanently marked ``COPY''.

(b) The word ``COPY'' shall be marked upon the item legibly, conspicuously, and nondeceptively, and in accordance with the further requirements of these regulations.

(1) The word ``COPY'' shall appear in capital letters, in the English language.

(2) The word ``COPY'' shall be marked on either the obverse or the reverse surface of the item. It shall not be marked on the edge of the item.

(3) An imitation numismatic item of incusable material shall be incused with the word ``COPY'' in sans-serif letters having a vertical dimension of not less than two millimeters (2.0 mm) or not less than one-sixth of the diameter of the reproduction, and a minimum depth of three-tenths of one millimeter (0.3 mm) or to one-half (1/2) the thickness of the reproduction, whichever is the lesser. The minimum total horizontal dimension of the word ``COPY'' shall be six millimeters (6.0 mm) or not less than one-half of the diameter of the reproduction.

(4) An imitation numismatic item composed of nonincusable material shall be imprinted with the word ``COPY'' in sans-serif letters having a vertical dimension of not less than two millimeters (2.0 mm) or not less than one-sixth of the diameter of the reproduction. The minimum total horizontal dimension of the word ``COPY'' shall be six millimeters (6.0 mm) or not less than one-half of the diameter of the reproduction.

[40 FR 5496, Feb. 6, 1975, as amended at 53 FR 38942, Oct. 4, 1988]