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  1. #1
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    Mar 2018
    Bryant, WI
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    Squished cent finds

    Realizing more and more these are somewhat collectible, and have pulled 5 in my last 4 bags now, so figured show off my finds since I started:
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    And like this one cause of the subject and fact you can make out the details of the original cent:
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  2. #2
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    They are referred to as elongated cents. They are collectible with respect to differing designs and some that are "retired" and no longer available. If you are ever thinking of creating one, be sure to choose an uncirculated copper cent. The zincolns are trash. And a circulated copper with the natural brown patina becomes streaky when elongated.
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  3. #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diver_Down View Post
    They are referred to as elongated cents. They are collectible with respect to differing designs and some that are "retired" and no longer available. If you are ever thinking of creating one, be sure to choose an uncirculated copper cent. The zincolns are trash. And a circulated copper with the natural brown patina becomes streaky when elongated.
    I "whizzed" a couple dozen brass cents for this purpose. I don't actively collect them, but if on vacation and see a smasher that I like the design of, I'll squish one out.

    A few times, I tried substituting a 90% silver dime in place of the cent, but the machines wouldn't take it.

  4. #4
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  5. #5
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    Feb 2012
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    Rosco: I have a 1893 Colombian World Trade 'Expo, "Squished" cent. If you are really serious about collecting these squishes, then PM me, maybe we can work something out along with those missing Lincoln holes you want to fill.
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  6. #6
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    Bryant, WI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozer D View Post
    Rosco: I have a 1893 Colombian World Trade 'Expo, "Squished" cent. If you are really serious about collecting these squishes, then PM me, maybe we can work something out along with those missing Lincoln holes you want to fill.
    Appreciate the offer on both, but good for now. These elongated ones are just sorta a neat thing to find, noticed I was finding more lately so looked into it a bit more. Always thought they were just kinda weird gift shop things, never knew they were as collectible as they seem, so just content pulling them as I find them. As far as the missing Lincolns, I'm only a year and a half in, so still hoping/naive enough to want to pull them outta the wild still. Maybe when I get a bit more into this I'll look into filling holes through other means. Right now only ones I'm really looking to get are random foreigns (got a couple e-bay lots for under $0.05 a coin, cool to go through) and OLD ones. If I feel I have a chance of pulling it outta a bag, I'm not overly interested yet. Have wanted to get back to flea markets too though, maybe salvage some silver or oldies that way :-p.

  7. #7
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    Congrats on the cool "cents"!

  8. #8
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    Many years ago I had a Smashed Penny business. I had 4 designs but I sold the business it to some lady in Florida. I even included my website but she has not done a single thing to in many years. Should have kept it. I have a pretty good souvenir business now but none of these cents have anything to do with my local souvenirs.

    My idea was to include a smashed cent with a color photo that fits the topic of the cent and then sell them in gift shops.
    One was for sale at the county fair, see my photos and you will know which one, oink, oink.
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    When I did yard sales I was dollardan. No yard sales where I am now.

  9. #9
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    Mar 2007
    Michigan
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    I think I have close to three dozen elongated cents, and a couple of dimes when I put a dime in the machine instead of a cent.

    Heading with the family and sis and her husband to the Cedar Point Amusement park in Sandusky OH tomorrow and they have quite a few machines that make these. My sister collects elongated cents or squashed pennies as she calls them.

    So what I'll do tonight when I get home is grab a few pre-'82 common Lincolns and take them to a wire wheel to get them all shined up so that she and I can use them tomorrow. I never would have thought about them being streaky if you use tarnished cents - I appreciate that tip. Now I just got to load up on quarters and shiny cents. Last time I was there the machines took two quarters as the cost.
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  10. #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott (Mich) View Post
    . . . take them to a wire wheel to get them all shined up so that she and I can use them tomorrow. I never would have thought about them being streaky if you use tarnished cents - I appreciate that tip. Now I just got to load up on quarters and shiny cents. Last time I was there the machines took two quarters as the cost.
    The finer the better for buffing them. Wire wheel might leave tooling marks that might or might not carry through the squish.
    I used a buffing wheel and got good results.
    All that I've ever seen were $0.50 (two quarters).

  11. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by LooseChange View Post
    All that I've ever seen were $0.50 (two quarters).
    If I remember correctly I saw ¥100 (yen) in Tokyo airport. (about $1) The machines supplied a blank coin because who has a cent in Japan.
    All the machines I saw were Hello Kitty
    When I did yard sales I was dollardan. No yard sales where I am now.

 

 

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