I’ve been an avid collector of elongated coins (or pressed pennies) since I was a child.  My first few coins came from some spare change that had piled up on the desk in our hotel room while on vacation in Walt Disney World resort.  On our last day before heading home it was an easy way to use up the change that had previously been weighing us down.  Years later I had found these coins in my childhood wallet that had been moved into my parents basement.  Seeing them again immediately started the obsession to collect as many of these amazing little pieces of art that I could.

Now our family vacations, and weekend trips almost always focus around new locations that have pressed penny machines.  It’s a great excuse to check out new places and see attractions sometimes off the beaten path.  Usually for only a couple quarters and a penny you come away with a great souvenir, and you get to meet a lot of interesting people along the way.  My wife is a saint for putting up with my obsession but I think she secretly enjoys it and the places we visit.

I’m an active member with TEC (The Elongated Collectors).  A great place to get information and history about the hobby. Membership is very inexpensive and you get a quarterly newsletter that includes elongated coins every time.  The members are all a wealth of information and are always happy to pass along their knowledge.  Check out the link for more information.  TECNews.org

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Come along for a unique journey across the country.  Remember to always keep your eyes open for new machines and your pocket full of pennies.