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Since early 1999 through , I personally have "shamelessly" stamped over $60,800 in U.S. currency with a red stamp in the white border on denominations from $1 to $100 bills with "CelebrateLove.com." I continue to use U.S. Currency to promote my Website with no complaints.
I have had people send me e-mail saying they visited CelebrateLove.com because they received a bill with the Website stamped on it. Twice now, I have received my own bills in parts of the Greater Phoenix area where I had not passed the stamped bills.
Is it legal?
The U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing in a document on their Website says:
For those of you that think this is "defacing" currency and is against the law, be advised. This is ONLY TRUE if your markings alter the useability of the bill, such as altering its serial number or denomination "with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued." So, be careful to only write in the "white space" at the top of the rear of the bill. It turns out that you can doodle all over your money, just don't make the bill "unfit for use."
The U.S. Treasury itself has even issued special pens designed to determine if the newfangled bills are fake. You have most likely experienced a store clerk mark your currency to determine its authenticity when using a $20 or higher denomination bill when making a purchase.
Edward Sheehan, a spokesman for the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said that while it is legal to write on U.S. currency, "we discourage people from doing that. It is best to have the notes pristine."
Claudia Dickens, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, agreed. "According to the laws as they stand now, the practice is not illegal," she said.
If I ever run out of business cards (which is rare, I might add), I reach for my money-clip and give them a $1 bill.
Trivia: The life span of a $1 Federal Reserve Note is 21 months. Other denominations have different life spans.
If you are interested in "shamelessly" promoting your business, you might want to read, Self-Promote of Disappear and The Buzz on Being a Shameless NetShaker!. Other "self-promotional" ideas can be found in the Articles Menu.
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