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Conservatives show support for Trump by marking up $20 bills – is it legal?

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Conservatives are marking up $20 bills with sharpies to show support for President Trump’s campaign, and posting the pictures on facebook.

However, some are saying this is illegal, and defacing currency.

Here’s what the LAW says:

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 under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

We aren’t lawyers, so don’t take what we say as legal advice.

A pro Stamping blog says it’s perfectly fine.

Even President Trump got into the action, way before he ran.

When he was on the apprentice, he used to sign bills for fans.

They’re now coveted collectors items on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hand-Signed-President-Donald-Trump-Currency-Note-Paper-Money-Dollar-Bill-w-COA-/333129667761

WE RECOMMEND NOT DOING THIS AS IT IS A GRAY AREA.

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