Happy 4th of July!!
My original intend of this post was to share a special 4th of July pressed penny design, but after spending all of last night reviewing my entire collection I realized I didn’t have one. To be honest this seemed kind of unbelievable to me and now I’m on a mission to find one. In the meantime I came across some coins that are related in the celebration of American’s independence.
As I have mentioned in the past I live in central New Jersey which is ideally located about an hour from New York City and 30 minutes from Philadelphia. A few years ago I had gone on a pressed penny trip around downtown Philly that is full of historical sites and quite few penny machines. One of the really nice places to check out if the new National Constitution Center.
The National Constitution Center opened its doors on July 4th, 2003. It contains lots of interactive exhibits, and as you can image is just filled with amazing history. If you’re even in Philly make sure you head over to “America’s Most History Square Mile” where you can visit not just the National Constitution Center, but also Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
By the cafeteria and gift shop on the first floor of the National Constitution Center are two penny machines.
The first machine has 4 designs: We The People, George Washington, John Adams, and The National Constitution Center Est. July 4th, 2003.
The second machine also has 4 designs: A Quill Pen, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and I Signed The Constitution.
I visited the National Constitution Center a couple of years ago and both machines were working great at that time. Recently a friend of mine also visited with his kids on a school trip and he said the machines were still there and a couple of the students squashed some pennies so they should still be there if you’re in the area for a visit.
Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy your burgers, hot dogs and my personal favorite the fireworks. This is a great day to be with family and friends to celebrate our Independence. But tomorrow it’s back to looking for pressed pennies!