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San Antonio Riverwalk Elongated Penny

This elongated penny shows a pathway over the San Antonio River with a tour boat chugging along underneath. It is pressed onto a penny, and the design takes up about 75% of the surface.

Elongated Penny with San Antonio Riverwalk on the Obverse

Elongated Penny with San Antonio Riverwalk on the Obverse

Elongated Penny with San Antonio Riverwalk Reverse

Elongated Penny with San Antonio Riverwalk Reverse

Source: A penny press machine along the San Antonio riverwalk in Texas c. 2006. The River Walk is a touristy area with lots of TexMex restaurants, ice cream shops, and bars.

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: post 1982 Lincoln cent

Other details: This elongate is on a post 1982 penny, which means that it has a high zinc content. Crushing the Lincoln cent exposed the zinc, which has lead to some minor corrosion.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Seattle Space Needle or Playing Cards in Las Vegas).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity.

Elongated Penny from Ocracoke, North Carolina

This double-sided elongated penny is a bit of an overachiever. The patterns cover virtually all of the space on both sides.

On the obverse, there’s a portrait of the pirate Blackbeard next to a skull and crossbones flag. The legend around the rim reads “Blackbeard Exhibit * Ocracoke Island, NC”. On the right side of the portrait is the note “Teach’s Hole”. Don’t have a dirty mind – this was the name for theĀ  sheltered bay on the island. It’s now known as Silverlake.

On the reverse, this elongate has the postscript “Blackbeard was killed near Teach’s Hole at Ocracoke Island, NC * Nov. 22 1718”.

Elongate from Ocracoke, North Carolina at the Blackbeard Exhibit Obverse

Elongate from Ocracoke, North Carolina at the Blackbeard Exhibit Obverse

Elongate from Ocracoke, North Carolina at the Blackbeard Exhibit Reverse

Elongate from Ocracoke, North Carolina at the Blackbeard Exhibit Reverse

Source: The Blackbeard’s Treasure Trove gift shop in Ocracoke, North Carolina. I worked for the Park Service in the fall of 2005 and lived in Ocracoke while working at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: post 1982 Lincoln cent

Other details: This elongate is on a post 1982 penny, which means that it has a high zinc content. Crushing the Lincoln cent exposed the zinc, which has lead to some minor corrosion.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Seattle Space Needle or Playing Cards in Las Vegas).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity.

Elongated Penny with Navy Pier in Chicago

This elongated penny is well centered and has an unusual round logo within the crenulated border.

On the obverse is a representation of the Navy Pier building in Chicago, Illinois, surrounded by a circular border. The border looks a little bit like a life buoy (aka a life ring or round float) and encloses the legend “Navy Pier * Chicago”.

Elongated Penny from the Chicago Navy Pier Obverse

Elongated Penny from the Chicago Navy Pier Obverse

Elongated Penny from the Chicago Navy Pier Reverse

Elongated Penny from the Chicago Navy Pier Reverse

Source: Chicago, Illinois, at the Navy Pier in the spring of 2008.

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: Lincoln cent (date and composition unknown)

Other details: I picked this up while in Chicago to take the State Department Written Exam for Foreign Service Officers. They only had the test in Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, LA, and New York City that year (if memory serves) and did not pay travel expenses. I guess they didn’t want anyone from the American Southwest applying.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Seattle Space Needle or Playing Cards in Las Vegas).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity.

Elongate with Boston Skyline on a Lincoln Penny

This elongate from Boston is in pretty good shape, although it looks like the die didn’t fit (the left is perfectly aligned and the pattern still runs off of the coin to the right).

On the obverse, there’s a Boston skyline with waves in the foreground. The “B” in “Boston” is cursive, while the rest of the word is in sans serif font (looks like it could be balloon).

The elongate is uniface, but the reverse shows the Lincoln Memorial quite clearly.

Elongate Penny with Boston Skyline Obverse

Elongate Penny with Boston Skyline Obverse

Elongate Penny with Boston Skyline Reverse

Elongate Penny with Boston Skyline Reverse

Source: Boston, Massachusetts. I’m not sure where I got this – it was probably on a debate trip to Harvard college in 1999.

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: post 1982 Lincoln cent

Other details: This elongate is on a penny minted after 1982, which means that it has a high zinc content. Crushing the Lincoln cent exposed the zinc, so its surprising that this coin doesn’t have any corrosion.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Seattle Space Needle or Playing Cards in Las Vegas).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity.

Pressed Penny from Las Vegas with a Royal Flush

This squashed penny has a well centered uniface pattern and clearly shows the host coin on the reverse.

On the obverse, there’s a royal flush in hearts, with the legend “Las Vegas Nevada”. I’ve only had a royal flush once in my life without the use of wildcards, and it sadly didn’t happen on my Vegas trip.

Elongated Penny from Las Vegas with a Royal Flush Obverse

Elongated Penny from Las Vegas with a Royal Flush Obverse

Elongated Penny from Las Vegas with a Royal Flush Reverse

Elongated Penny from Las Vegas with a Royal Flush Reverse

Source: McCarran Airport in Las Vegas

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: 2000 Lincoln cent (pattern and date visible on reverse)

Other details: This elongate is on a post 1982 penny, which means that it has a high zinc content. Crushing the Lincoln cent exposed the zinc, which has lead to some minor corrosion.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Seattle Space Needle or Watching Wildlife in Austin).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity. For more information, check out The Elongate Collectors organization.

Elongated Penny from the Seattle Space Needle

This uniface elongated penny comes from Seattle. It shows the Seattle skyline, with the prominent Space Needle building that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

The reverse is blank, and not much of the host coin is visible.

Elongated Penny with the Seattle Space Needle Obverse

Elongated Penny with the Seattle Space Needle Obverse

Elongated Penny with the Seattle Space Needle Reverse

Elongated Penny with the Seattle Space Needle Reverse

Source: Seattle, at Pike’s Street Market

Status of the Machine: Still in operation (as far as I know)

Host Coin: post 1982 Lincoln cent

Other details: This elongate is on a post 1982 penny, which means that it has a high zinc content. Crushing the Lincoln cent exposed the zinc, which has lead to some minor corrosion.

Estimated Value: $0.51

What are elongated coins?

This souvenir piece was made by crushing a coin against a die in a rolling mill. High pressure causes the host coin to deform and take on the shape of the die, although some details of the original coin often remain. The rolling mills often have designs on just one side, although 2 sided designs are fairly common. These pieces have various names – they are known as elongates, pressed coins, squashed pennies, or flattened coins, elongated cents, or stretched coins.

The first elongates were made at the 1892 World’s Fair in Chicago. Since then, coin pressing machines have appeared at many locations all around the world. They are commonly found at tourist attractions and feature patterns evocative of a location or activity (ie; the Austin Nature and Science Museum or Playing Cards in Las Vegas).

Coin pressing machines come in various designs. Many are powered by a hand crank, although there are also automatic machines with electric motors that can get pretty fancy. Most cost 51 cents to operate (including the price of the penny that’s being pressed).

Pennies, Dimes, Nickels, Quarters, and various foreign coins have been used as hosts through the years. Pennies are probably the most common, but it seems like quarters are rising in popularity.