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A sewer cover is my cousin, we share many traits

People who have me, often lock me away

I am two-faced but bare only one

People do anything to get me, sometimes using a gun

I have the most power when given away

And I am often on display

Hope you enjoy!

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a coin?

A sewer cover is my cousin, we share many traits

They're both flat and metal, roughly the same shape.

People who have me, often lock me away

Misers hiding money away in their houses, or locking money in a safe.

I am two-faced but bare only one

A coin has two sides, but usually only one bears a bare face.

People do anything to get me, sometimes using a gun

Bank robbery.

I have the most power when given away

Money doesn't have much power in itself, unless it can be spent on something.

(Thanks @LifelongScholar for help with this clue!)

And I am often on display

Maybe in a coin collector's album.

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  • $\begingroup$ My first thought as well $\endgroup$ – James Douglas Mar 9 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ Definitely what popped into my head as well. $\endgroup$ – Brandon_J Mar 9 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Even I think it's coin but it's not 'charity', it's exercising its value by spending it. After all, that's the only way to yield it's 'most power'. Just saying, rest's good. $\endgroup$ – Lifelong Scholar Mar 9 at 17:14
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A medal

A sewer cover is my cousin, we share many traits

They're both flat and metal, roughly the same shape.

People who have me, often lock me away

Locking medals to keep them safe- even in display cases when they are displayed.

I am two-faced but bare only one

Only one face of a medal is seen when it is displayed or awarded.

People do anything to get me, sometimes using a gun

Tournaments- although perhaps not "anything", but yes sometimes even breaking laws to win.

I have the most power when given away

A medal has the most value or meaning when being awarded.

And I am often on display

Often, medals are displayed prominently- like in display cases

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 Not exactly what I was thinking of, but a good alternate answer! $\endgroup$ – JellybeanNewbie Mar 9 at 21:09

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