July 28, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

That is the particular case we have in view and which suggested the necessity for this section. My hon. friend will agree that a coin may be defaced by having stamped on it a name or word or letter and still not be used as an advertisement. In the particular case of the Dunlop Tire Company, they put certain marks on the coin which they uttered to the public. Then when the coins are brought back to the company, they are redeemed at their face value. In this particular case, defaced coins are used specifically for the purpose of advertising, but there is no reason why, when a coin is defaced by a numeral, it should be treated differently from when it is defaced by a name or word. The section of law which applies to the case mentioned by the hon. member for Victoria (Mr. Hughes) is 475, which makes an indictable offence the circulating of gold or silver coin of less than the proper weight.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE, 1892.
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