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Come on, marketing guys, ya gotta know you can’t put advertisements on actual US currency!

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(Photo from the Associated Press)

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Can’t as in legally or can’t as in it’s a moral imperative?

For the first, technically you can…it’s like those hideously painted States quarters you can buy…also from the Franklin Mint

You see, I assumed they’d gotten the permission of the U.S. Mint beforehand. I obviously gave them too much credit.

For the first, technically you can…it’s like those hideously painted States quarters you can buy…also from the Franklin Mint

Not advertisements. That’s the problem here. It’s an ad. They’ll let you do decorative stuff, but the US isn’t going to allow anyone to turn currency into an advertisement!

Yipes. Just yipes.

Do you think anyone who buys these is cognisant of how bad they’ve really got it?

To be fair, Adam, they are not selling these. They’re giving them away, as part of a promotion for the Fantastic Four movie.

Ah, SNL in the 90s.

Flush it all away

May 28, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I still think it’s a very cool and original idea.

Now, add “controversy” to it, and you’ve got some genuine buzz.

Now they just need to figure out how to print Mr. Fantastic on rubber bands, Human Torch on briquettes and Galactus on clouds.

I’m currently selling Invisible Woman-themed hundred dollar bills on eBay for the low, low price of $20 a pop. No pushing kids, there’s enough for everyone!

(Please make your cheques out to “Cash”. TIA!)

I think they actually probably could *sell* the quarters as collectibles, but what they meant to do was put them back in *circulation*, which would be a problem.

Even after this news story, the facts are still a little opaque to me, and I’d like to see an authoritative legal lowdown on this.

The front of the quarters ought to read “In Galactus we trust.”

OK, we can now add “controversy” to this….

The Mint is PISSED

Flush it all away

May 29, 2007 at 4:42 pm

“In Galactus We Trust” would be awesome. Nuff said.

I think they actually probably could *sell* the quarters as collectibles, but what they meant to do was put them back in *circulation*, which would be a problem.

Even after this news story, the facts are still a little opaque to me, and I’d like to see an authoritative legal lowdown on this.

US Federal Law

§ 475. Imitating obligations or securities; advertisements

Whoever designs, engraves, prints, makes, or executes, or utters, issues, distributes, circulates, or uses any business or professional card, notice, placard, circular, handbill, or advertisement in the likeness or similitude of any obligation or security of the United States issued under or authorized by any Act of Congress or writes, prints, or otherwise impresses upon or attaches to any such instrument, obligation, or security, or any coin of the United States, any business or professional card, notice, or advertisement, or any notice or advertisement whatever, shall be fined under this title.

This is clearly attaching an advertisement to a coin of the United States, right?

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