By Cory Doctorow at 10:08 am Mon, Jun 17, 2013
A company called "Covert Coins" mills hollow coins out of real currency and turns them into hidden, spook-tastic secret compartments. Reviews say that the coins are indistinguishable from undoctored items on casual inspection.
Micro SD Card Covert Spy Coin - Secret Compartment (Many Countries/Denominations)
(via Oh Gizmo)
Awesome. Until I accidentally pass the SD card with all my secret information for a coffee.
Isn’t this illegal? Destroying currency and all that.
IIRC there are exceptions for small one-time uses like those penny pressing machines and whatnot.
And magic tricks: http://johnsonmagicproducts.com/shop/index.phpBut no, not a crime to destroy currency unless you’re doing so to commit fraud, i.e.pasting the ends of $10 bills on $1s, then turning in the mutilated $10s to be replaced.
Isn’t this illegal?
Apparently the offence of ‘defacing coins’ died when the Coinage Offences Act 1936 was repealed by the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. Something to this effect is printed on the side of most penny-squashing souvenir machines.
It is in Canada, section 456 in the criminal code.
can confirm, they are totally cool. Had mine for a couple years now and still can’t find a real use for it, but it’s great fun to show off.
A chap in the pub showed me one of these £1 coins once… he’s an amateur magician and they’re used in tricks: for instance, you can hide a 5p piece inside. I think he said they cost about £20.
Turning £1 into £20 is perhaps the greatest trick of all
So popular, it has its own name: Inflation.
Now you must watch this, showing the dangers of spy-coins. Also, it’s hilarious.
Back in 2004 Canada minted a quarter with a colored poppy in the center. One of those coins caused a minor panic when it was found in the Pentagon, and believed to be some sort of spy device.
When I first heard that story I laughed. Now it doesn’t seem so funny anymore.
But are these hollowed-out coins any lighter? I know from experience that pound coins are noticeably heavy.
Vending machines would reject it for being the wrong weight. A couple years ago a machine refused to take my quarter. Eventually I figured out that it was pre-1965 and had a higher silver content.
Hide your valuable thing that people might want to steal inside… a valuable thing that people might want to steal.
I wonder what it looks like under an xray machine? If you want to avoid the TSA taking a copy of your data at the border, could you come over with a pretty much blank laptop, and have the stuff you use on a bootable partition on a MicroSD card stored in one of those things?
Mail (will not be published) (required)
Gadgets gift guide money spooks
Submit a tip
The rules you agree to by using this website.
Who will be eaten first?
Jason Weisberger, Publisher
Ken Snider, Sysadmin