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Monday, October 4th, 2010
2:52 pm - Hungarian elongated coin!

skidspoppe is living in Hungary these days, teaching and enjoying living in Europe. One of the ways he's enjoying his time there is by smashing coinage. This weekend in the mail, I received a smashed forint from St. Stephen Bassilica in Budapest. And what is shown on this Hungarian elongated coin? A relic: a severed hand. This is a first for me: a disembodied limb on a smashed coin. It's unsettling, but the forint makes an awfully nice elongated coin, doesn't it? Lookit that pretty golden color!

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009
9:26 am - Canadian Pennies???

I just went to Victoria for my honeymoon. At the visitor center, there was a press a coin machine that took "loonie" coins. You can imagine how excited I was to get a pressed foreign coin. Well, in went the loonie and out came a US penny (with a different design that what I had picked but whatever)! I was a little sad about it being a US coin instead, but still pretty stoked.

Has anyone else encountered press a penny machines outside the US?

current mood: confused

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Thursday, October 1st, 2009
10:01 am - Coming soon, picts of my NOLA pennies!

I had the awesome opertunity to go to New Orleans and i got a PILE of pennies! I need to scan them, but its a pretty awesome place for the penny lover! and i got my family on board hunting down machines to help my collection. I also gave a penny to all my friends (have to make doubles you know) and they are kinda gettin on board with the penny idea ;)

Also, I may have gotten then BEST penny ever here in my home town, picts coming soon, but it IS:

The Governator penny. yes, the terminator is my governer, and i have his penny. if you PM me nicely i may be able to get one for you to ;)

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
1:48 pm - Hey all!

Im Izzy and I just joined. I have always had a little collection of squashed pennies, but in the last few years have finally admited i love them. I would love to trade but right now all my pennies are my own.

If anyone wants the folsom city zoo in california pennies, I used to work there, and visit fairly often. :)

current mood: creative

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Monday, May 18th, 2009
11:42 pm

Hey everyone! I've been collecting ECs for as long as I can remember, so I was looking for an LJ comm relating to the hobby. Since this one hasn't been updated in a number of months and the maintainer has been gone for a couple of years, I made a new one. Everyone is welcome to join!



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Sunday, November 30th, 2008
11:27 pm - Elongated coin holiday cards

Check this out: Pennycollector.com is offering holiday cards with elongated nickels embedded in them. 'Tis the season!

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
7:08 am - An elongated coin for a good cause

In the elongated coin collecting community, there’s a long tradition of creating smashed pennies for charitable purposes. When my good friend, award-winning author jaylake, was struck with colon cancer, I did the only thing a smashed penny collector could do. I put out a call to roller-designers, seeking someone to work with me to create an EC in Jay’s honor to help raise money for his favorite cause.

Jay’s favorite charity is the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund, which helps 
professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers 
living in the Pacific Northwest deal with the financial burden of 
medical expenses. Writers don't make a lot of money (unless, you 
know, they're Stephen King) and rarely are able to afford their own 
insurance, so this fund helps good, creative people get the care they 
need. You can learn more about it online.

For those of you who don't know Jay, let me explain the coin: The design includes Jay’s name and the legend “In Clockpunk We Trust.” Jay’s most recent novel, Mainspring, takes place in a world driven by gears and wind-up technology. This sort of speculative fiction has been dubbed “clockpunk” by people in the science fiction community, hence the legend on the coin. The gears directly refer to the novel. The rocket ship refers to Jay’s first novel, Rocket Science. The initials of Jim Kilcoyne, who engraved and rolled the coin, appear on one end of the coin; mine, because I was the designer, appear on the other.

Here’s the deal: I’d like to raise a big donation to send to the Clayton Fund in honor of Jay. If you send me a check made out to “Clayton Memorial Medical Fund” for at least one dollar, I’ll send you the Jay Lake elongated coin (rolled exclusively on copper cents). If you send $25-$99, I’ll also include an elongated quarter from Seattle’s Space Needle. If you donate $100 or more, I’ll include a complete set of Space Needle quarters. To get my mailing address, please write me and I'll send it to you. (I don't feel like sharing my private address with the entire interwebs.) I get a check; you get the coin(s).

Let's pull together a huge donation, people.

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Monday, July 2nd, 2007
7:42 am - Squished Penny Museum Closes Its Doors

Flat-Line Time for the Squished Penny Museum
By John Kelly
Monday, July 2, 2007
Washington Post

As I toured Washington's Squished Penny Museum -- indeed, as I took the very last tour of the museum -- I couldn't help wondering if perhaps the reason the museum has closed its doors is that everyone who could possibly want to see the world's largest public collection of copper coins flattened into wafer-thin souvenirs has already seen it.See the rest beneath the cutCollapse )

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Sunday, June 17th, 2007
3:17 pm - Collecting

My daughter, nephews, and I always collect pennies when we go on vacation. Usually it is just by luck we run across machined, because the only place I ever printed out a list for was when we went to Disney World. I wanted to get as many Snow Whites as possible. For my daughter's birthday, I've called on some help from friends and family that live out of state. I have asked them to get some pennies for me from place around them if they can. That is going to be part of my daughter's gift. I also want to find some way to store them other than the books so she can store more together to look at. I guess this is my introduction so I'll end with a hi to the group.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
1:24 am - Boston Area Pennies

Hi, I'm new here, I live in the Boston area, if anyone would like some pennies from this area, I would be happy to trade for some regional pennies from another place.

current mood: hopeful

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Friday, April 13th, 2007
9:14 pm - Century 21 Web site

Nope, I'm not talking about the real estate company. I'm talking about the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. HistoryLink.org has posted a cybertour of the fair, and one of the pages includes a mention of our hobby.

Check it out!

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Monday, March 19th, 2007
10:07 am - New smashed penny web site

Thought people might like to know about a new smashed penny website: http://www.squishaholic.com/

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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
11:37 am - Pennies For Sale!

I've got some pressed pennies for sale on Ebay! Just getting rid of some extras of the same pennies that I've had lying around. Feel free to check them out!


current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
8:36 pm - coolest smashed penny pal

wow i have had a shitty pardon my francis week.. and what have i got in the mail but the coolest advent calander in the freaking living world. and a very cool lady went to the trouble of inserting a retired very cool smashed penny in each place.. omg i am freaking out.. i dont even want to take the pennies out its so cool. i have to find a way to preseve it.. and I thought her halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas cards were cool this tops it all off.. I am freaking out right now.. just wish i had something cool to send in return..

current mood: crazy

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Friday, October 6th, 2006
9:59 am - Lincoln portrait

A friend forwarded me this link, which shows a time-lapse film of a man making a portrait of Lincoln out of pennies. As a pennysmasher and a coin collector, it just tickled me. Hope you enjoy it!

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
6:40 am - Elongated coins in the press

A new article about elongated coin collecting just came out. The collector featured in the article is the vice president of The Elongated Collectors. Check it out.

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Friday, September 1st, 2006
10:18 pm - The London Dungeons

I was watching "Most Haunted" on the Travel Channel tonight. This episode was set in the London Dungeons. In the very first scene with the show's medium, Derek Acorah, there was a penny-smashing machine in the background! Turns out the coins from this location are listed on PennyCollector.com. There are, in fact, three machines, four designs each. Here's the listing—with pictures!


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Friday, August 18th, 2006
5:04 am


Hello Ya'll!! lol,

Recently, I'm in NYC, any pennypress suggestions I should run around and look for???????

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