Pressed pennies, flattened pennies, squished pennies, smashed pennies, whatever you call them, they are an exciting, kid-enticing presence at any tourist attraction, amusement park, or museum
. For two quarters and a penny (pre-1982 preferred by the serious buffs
) you can legally flatten the lowest of our nation's currency (and sometimes Canada's) into a souvenir disk that's embossed with a picturesque reminder of your trip. But these pennies don't live and die by the child's pants pocket, pressed penny collecting is serious business. Heck, there's even a museum
devoted to the hobby, as well as a thriving collecting scene
. So next time you pass by one of these cool machines
, pause, elbow the penniless kids out of the way, and get yourself a neat little trinket of remembrance.
posted by lychee
on Jun 12, 2006 -