The U.S. Mint announced that they have set the final rule to limit the exportation and melting, or treatment the cent nickel coins in order “to safeguard against a potential shortage of these coins in circulation.”

Basics have not changed from the interim rule (and press release): melting of one-cent and five-cent coins is prohibited; individuals may carry $5 of coins out of the country; and dealers may ship up to $100 of numismatic coins out of the country. The civil fine will remain at $10,000 per incident, incarceration of up to 5 years in a federal prison, or both. Details are published in the Federal Register [PDF]

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