Just a few days ago I was checking out pennycollector.com to see if there were any new machines around my area and I almost jumped out of my seat when I scanned through the Philadelphia locations. Last year I had taken my daughter Hanna on a day trip to Philly checking out some historical sites and ended with the Franklin Institute which is a huge science museum. We had collected all the coins at that time, but brand new for 2016 they have added another machine. Even more cool is that it’s one of those new super-multi design machines by the pennymen.
Last spring I wrote about the first time I was able to use one of these machines which was located in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Below is the marquee at the top of this new machine. I like the “Limited Edition” as it makes me hope there will be more designs available in the future.
This machine functions exactly the same way as the one I used in Florida, except I did notice that this machine appears to be using coin blanks instead of pennies which are supplied by the machine. To use the machine you start by making your selections on the touch screen.
You can press one design for a dollar, or get all eight for $5. You can pay with cash, credit, or Apple Pay. Being the techie I am I used Apple Pay and elected for all eight designs.
Above is a picture of the working parts of the machine and the die used to press each design along with samples of each coin. Below I have included a short video I took of the machine in action.
After the machine finished pressing my designs I gathered them up and finished checking out the museum and eventually headed home.
You can see each design came out really nice. I know when I used the machine in Disney almost every coin rolled a little short and the pennies used in the machine were not the greatest so the end results were a little disappointing. But these really came out nice.
The first four designs include The Amazing Machine, Your Brain, the Sportszone, and Electricity (very cool exhibits by the way for electricity, so cool they will make your hair stand on end).
The second set of four designs are the Changing Earth, Kidscience, the Train Factory, and the Franklin Air show.
So if you are near Philly and in need of a science fix make sure to drop by the Franklin Institute. It’s a beautiful museum with a whole lot of really great exhibits, and interactive things for people of all ages to enjoy. The museum already had five penny machines available and this now makes six. Plus these new machines are really cool and getting eight new pressed coins is a nice addition to your collection.