My name is David and I’m obsessed with Etsy. There I’ve said it and I’m not ashamed. In between scrolling through Facebook penny groups, my Instagram and of course cat TikToks I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy looking for weird penny related items. One late night search I found some interesting pennies and placed my order.
The unique thing about these pennies is that the seller / artists(?) used a punch to cut out different designs into the penny. Initially I was just going to buy a bunch of these and show them off as a fun collectible, but when I saw them in person I was hit with an epiphany. What would happen if I pressed these in a penny machine?
My only problem was that here in Central Florida it is getting harder and harder to find a penny machine that allows you to press your own coin. Most of them have all been converted to versions that supply a penny which I’m sure if more convenient for the casual collector, but as we have talked about in the past many long time collectors prefer to use our own preferred coins to press. Thankfully there was one that last I checked hadn’t been changed over and was at Disney Springs inside the House of Blues restaurant.
I will admit I was a little worried that these pennies would damage the machine in some way, but because they were newer zinc pennies which are very soft I was hopeful not to make a mess of the machine.
Thankfully we lucked out and the pennies pressed really nicely. The design cutout in the middle did stretch out a bit but you can still clearly see what it was. Now obviously by using these coins most of the pressed image is missing from the penny, but I still think these are kind of a fun idea for a special design in your collection.
Let me know what you think down in the comments below, is this something you would try? Thank you for joining me again this week and I hope you enjoyed our little experiment. This is not something I would do often, but I am certainly surprised at how well these turned out in the end. Have a great week and Keep on Pressing even if it’s not your standard penny!