TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 25 - COUNTERFEITING AND FORGERY
Sec. 475. Imitating obligations or securities; advertisements
Whoever designs, engraves, prints, makes, or executes, or utters,
issues, distributes, circulates, or uses any business or
professional card, notice, placard, circular, handbill, or
advertisement in the likeness or similitude of any obligation or
security of the United States issued under or authorized by any Act
of Congress or writes, prints, or otherwise impresses upon or
attaches to any such instrument, obligation, or security, or any
coin of the United States, any business or professional card,
notice, or advertisement, or any notice or advertisement whatever,
shall be fined under this title. Nothing in this section applies to
evidence of postage payment approved by the United States Postal
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 706; July 16, 1951, ch. 226, Sec.
2, 65 Stat. 122; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(G),
Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147; Pub. L. 109-162, title XI, Sec.
1192, Jan. 5, 2006, 119 Stat. 3129.)
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
Based on title 18, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Sec. 292 (Mar. 4, 1909, ch.
321, Sec. 177, 35 Stat. 1122).
Enumeration of obligations of the United States was omitted in
view of definition in section 8 of this title.
Changes in phraseology were also made.
2006 - Pub. L. 109-162 inserted at end "Nothing in this section
applies to evidence of postage payment approved by the United
States Postal Service."
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
"fined not more than $500".
1951 - Act July 16, 1951, prohibited use of notices or
advertising prints or labels on United States coins.
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