In a departure from everyone else smoking pumpkins this month, shotgunners Taofledermaus did a Halloweeny video shoot with some gifted 12 gauge slugs made from recycled silver dollars to see just what they could do.
*If you are a coin collector, click away now. If not, proceed.*
The slugs were made by an artist who makes rings from old silver coins and had the idea of making slugs. Among the coins used were a 1942 Walking Liberty half dollar, a 1901 Morgan silver dollar, and a 2010 Silver Eagle.
They are probably about the most expensive slugs you could buy, and certainly among the prettiest.
Cue the “It’s illegal to deface coins” crowd, to which there is this from the U.S. Treasury:
Is it illegal to damage or deface coins?
Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.” This statute means that you may be violating the law if you change the appearance of the coin and fraudulently represent it to be other than the altered coin that it is. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage: however, there are no sanctions against such activity absent fraudulent intent.