Penny Machines on TV – Season 3

This has become one of my favorite posts to work on. Sure it sometimes takes a few years before I’ve found enough new episodes of television to make the post worthwhile, but when I do have a few ready it’s always fun sharing them all with you. Before we grab our remove, first let me just give a huge Thank you! to all of you in our amazing collecting community for helping to let me know whenever you catch a glimpse of a penny press or elongated coin in your favorite (or not so favorite) television shows. If you are interested in checking out our previous posts you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Now sit back, relax and take a look a few of the latest episodes showing our favorite little collectible.

Pawn Stars (History) Season 16 Episode 4
Originally aired: February 11, 2019

Earlier in this episode someone enters the shop to try and sell the commonly thought of as first publicly available elongated coin from the 1883 Columbian Exposition in Chicago Illinois. The show does share some fun an interesting information about that coin, but many collectors are already aware of it.

Instead for this episode I wanted to focus on another segment where fan favorite Chumlee has come into possession of a penny press machine with a very special design.

The coin design shows off Chumlee’s face along with his cute little dog Pinky. I did hear that this machine was available for a time at the Pawn Shop but has long since been retired, maybe removed after Chumlee’s unfortunate death. I’ve tried to acquire one of these for my own collection, but so far haven’t been able to find one.

American Gods (Stars) Season 3 Episode 5
Originally aired: February 14, 2021

This next show is certainly an interesting story. I was watching this from it’s beginning in season 1 and initially found it a bit hard to follow, but at the same time was fascinated with the characters so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. Here in Season 3 I almost fell out of my chair when the episode began with some guests visiting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Check this out, after the opening credits are done this is what you first see. Now I will say this is obviously a modernized version of the jewelry machine that would hav actually been used at this event to elongated coins. Still I don’t know about you but I would love to find this machine somewhere and use it, the cabinet just looks stunning.

Next we have a fascinating sequence of quick cuts between clips of a guests inserting their coins, sliding them into the machine, the coin dropping down into the die.

We then get to watch at the shiny coin is pressed between the dies in what looks to be the most clean machine I’ve ever witnessed.

To conclude we see the finished elongated coin drop down into the cup ready to be retried by the event guests. I have watched this short video sequence probably more than I would like to admit. I can only hope one day to one of my YouTube videos recreate this type of clip. Just such a beautiful way to show on this elongated coin. What was the rest of the episode about…I have no idea.

The Simpsons (Fox) Season 34 Episode 1
Originally aired: September 25, 2022

In this Pennies on TV posts we certainly have found many on quite a few animated television shows. This time it’s the big one, the longest running one, The Simpsons! Admit it you sang their name just like in the show didn’t you.

This episode at the time of writing only just aired a couple weeks ago. It starts out with the family visiting the Springfield Zoo and find that the beloved Turtle Slow Leonard is missing. Homer is insistent they try to help find him and when he needs a recent picture of Leonard heads over to a nearby Penny Stretcher machine.

Voila, after a few struggling turns of the handle Homer is eventually able to press his coin with I must say is a really cool looking elongated design. Do they find Slow Leonard, well you’ll need to watch the episode to find out. However I do have one last surprise to share today.

Our collecting community is truly amazing and we have so many creative friends. I’m not sure how he was able to get this designed, etched and pressed so quickly after the episode aired but I’m certainly thankful he did. Elongated coin designer Rob Gilger created this along with many other great designs we have reviewed in past posts. If you are interested in this design or any of his others, you can contact him through The Elongated Collectors Club Facebook Group here.

Thank you all for lounging on the couch with me again for this latest season of Pennies on TV. I’m sure we will find many over in the coming years of television. If you find a machine in show that you watch please beside to leave a comment and let me know so I can include it in our next edition. Have a fantastic rest of your week.

Keep on Pressing and Keep on watching TV!


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