Defacing money vs Fender Washer

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Stainless fender washers priced at $0.99 came to $1.04 at my local hardware store. So, my question is, should I just drill a hole in a quarter and substitute those for fender washers? I could get four for the price of one washer. Is it a crime to deface money?FenderWasher.jpeg
 

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I can't give legal advice, but Google says it is illegal to deface a US coin. The next questions are whether anyone would apprehend or prosecute someone for doing so to a quarter. Gosh, how many kids have put coins on railroad tracks to flatten them. I have some metal poker chips and socialist country coins.

I belong to an organization that awards a silver dollar for one year of membership. It is traditional to punch a hole in the silver dollar for each year of membership. Today, actually, happens to be the anniversary of my 33rd year of membership. But I wasn't much of a traditionalist.
 

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YOLO! Great idea, I will probably copy it myself, just bought some stainless hardware the other day and the price was ridiculous. Maybe sand the edges and visible face so you can't tell that it's a quarter any more, if you're skeered.
 
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Most coins are an alloy designed to take an imprint and are soft, fender washers are designed to take and distribute stress and are far more suitable for any job that handles a load.
 
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Maybe sand the edges and visible face so you can't tell that it's a quarter any more

Some scofflaw, who I will not name, sanded off the tails side to some nickels down to half depth and epoxied two shaved pieces together to make double-headed nickels.

He should have kept one, but had too much fun going double or nothing with waitress and cashier buddies, and after he fessed up they wanted the coin to screw with their kids or spouses.

BTW, if you sand the tails off a nickel it doesn’t get red hot, it gets weirdly blue hot. Or so I’ve been told, not saying I’ve ever seen this myself.

(The bright blue fades as it cools, and the heads surface appears unmarred)

Back on topic, SS cap nuts for 3/16” machine screws are now, well, nuts, like $1.00 each.
 
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