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Metal does not scan well at all. The elongated coins you see on these pages are bright and shiny. We use uncirculated pennies and other coins wherever possible when making our elongated coins. One of our specialties is rolling elongated coins on solid brass planchets. They come out with a beautiful golden hue.
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There is much more information on elongated coins on our FAQ page. Find out more about the history of Elongated Coins by clicking here!
What are elongated coins?
Elongated coins are made when coins or blank planchets travel through a machine called a jeweler's mill, which have mirror image designs cut into steel rollers, similar to wringers on an old-fashioned washing machine. These are run between the rollers under tremendous pressure (about 20 tons), which presses the coin into the die and due to the immense pressure simultaneously stretches the coin into an oval shape, resulting in elongated coins!
The first elongated coins, or pressed pennies, were at the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois in 1892-1893 (also known as the World's Fair). Someone even turned $3 gold pieces in this machine into elongated coins, now worth several thousand dollars! Elongated coins come in all denominations (some people even run them on tokens or make foreign elongated coins), with the penny being the most common elongated coin design.
Starting as a souvenir at World's Fairs and Expositions, elongated coins have evolved into a souvenir for most any event, activity, or topic. They are initially inexpensive to buy (usually 50-75¢ and a penny), and can be a great way to collect souvenirs of where one has traveled.
Is it legal to make elongated coins?
The United States Codes under Title 18, Chapter 17, and Section 331, "prohibits the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." However, this statute does not prohibit the mutiliation of coins if done without fraudulent intent or use. In other words, YES, it's LEGAL to make elongated coins!
What themes do people collect?
There are quite a number of ways to collect elongated coins. The most popular coin of all time is The Lord's Prayer. Some collect by theme, such as Disneyland Park pennies, carousels, trains, zoos, state outlines, sports, dinosaurs, and just about any other subject you can think of. Think about what you like and look for them! There's no wrong way to collect elongated coins.
How do I meet other collectors?
Go out and press pennies! You often run into other collectors at the same time that you make elongated coins. Talk, get to know people, exchange e-mail addresses!
What are elongated coins worth?
Prices of elongated coins vary depending on the number pressed, age, denomination, metal used, popularity of topic or event, even the condition of the coin.
Modern elongated coins are rolled and sold at many events, fairs, shows and other activities. The more common elongated coins sell for between 50 cents and $1.00 new, and usually for about $1-5 on the secondary market (such as this website and places like eBay. Older elongated coins can be found in coin shops, yard sales, flea markets, and even from your friends. You'd be surprised how many people have rolled a few at some point, and will let you have them for your collection. Prices for older elongated coins that are no longer available and limited edition commemorative elongated coins can be even higher than this. Basically, the more desirable the design, the more it is worth. Just remember, it's a hobby, and you should only spend as much as you feel comfortable with.