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18. People have died trying to make them on train tracks

While most people stick to the machines that safely mass-produce pressed pennies, a few individuals go about it in a much riskier fashion. In 2014, for instance, tragic 17-year-old Brandt Torres was pulled under a train and killed while trying to press pennies on the tracks near the city of Livonia in Michigan.

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Image: J. Van Meter

17. It’s okay to press pennies in the U.S.

Despite statute 18 USC Section 331, which outlaws the mutilation of coins, it is perfectly legal to press pennies in the U.S. That’s because the law forbids the alteration of coins if they’re being used as fraudulent currency – but as pressed pennies are souvenirs and not to be spent they’re fine.

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16. You could spend time in jail pressing pennies in Canada

North of the border, however, the law is a little different. Section 11(1) of Canada’s Currency Act, which outlaws the defacing or mutilation of coins, doesn’t hinge on whether said coins will be passed off as currency or not. So pressing pennies is completely off the table.

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