I saw this long list of penny machines as a challenge. My wife and I soon set out in our car, loaded with an absurd quantity of pennies and quarters, determined to visit each machine within a day’s drive of our Denver home. Our mission will not be complete until we had mutilated currency at the summit of one of America’s iconic mountains, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics to America the Beautiful. Those were relativelyfairly easy to get. Of course, pikes Peak. Say, climbing one, the highaltitude switchbacks aren’t for the faint of heart, while driving to the p of Pikes Peak is a much easier way to summit a 14er than.
Much of the road has a horrifying vertical plunge just a few feet off the shoulder, the most severe hairpin turns get guardrails.
There’re two penny machines at gift shops on the way up, and a couple of designs read Real Men Don’t Need Guardrails and Real Women Don’t Need Guardrails.
That sentiment helped steel our resolve as we continued our cruise skyward.
Our mission should not be complete until we had mutilated currency at the summit of one of America’s iconic mountains, the place that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the lyrics to America the Beautiful. Those were relativelyvery easy to get. What was the point of coming all this way if we couldn’t prove, in penny form, that we were there, after all. Oftentimes the view included spacious skies and amber waves of grain, though the mountains seemed more light blue than dark purple, as advertised in America the Beautiful. Also, maybe we came at the wrong time of day. The main ones we were after were the eight designs at the two penny machines -particularly the ones that said Pikes Peak Summit, at the p is the Summit House, that sells almost any kind of souvenir you could seek for.
We just had to smash a penny at the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum -there’s something satisfying about squishing money at a place devoted to its preservation, as we got back to level ground to complete our penny ur of the Colorado Springs area.
It’s Tom Shane, the Denver jeweler who shares his fascinating story in the Sluice Box section of Colorado Life Magazine’s January/February 2017.
We can all but guarantee you know his voice, you more modern way of penny pressing actually began in 1818 when a jeweler’s machine was modified to press the coin and emboss a design onto it. You should take it into account. You can be wondering how these machines came to be. While creating the elongated smooth oval we are familiar with, after the introduction of the railroad in the nited States people should place pennies on the track, wait for the train to come by and roll over them. Furthermore, we were relieved when we made it to the summit.
Now please pay attention. While risking a quick glance away from the road, I felt like I was looking down at for awhile list of penny machines as a challenge.
My wife and I soon set out in our car, loaded with an absurd percentage of pennies and quarters, determined to visit each machine within a day’s drive of our Denver home.
I had to go to them all. In the course of this mad scavenger hunt, we inadvertently saw all the cool places we’d never found the time to see. Oftentimes she also discovered that true aficionados don’t call them smashed pennies. A well-known fact that is. At the Money Museum, To be honest I met employee Kendra Johnson, who has collected smashed pennies since she was She hadn’t met any coin collectors who shared her hobby until she attended a recent numismatic convention, where she discovered she wasn’t alone. They’ve been like, ‘Oh for awhileates for any longerate collector,’ Johnson said. Considering the above said. Intrigued, I went online to see if there were any penny machines in Colorado that I could visit.
Accordingly a while back, a relative gave me one of these penny souvenirs from a trip out of state. I discovered Pennycollector.com, where enthusiasts cataloged more than 80 locations with machines across the state, the majority of the sites having multiple machines with up to four designs any. There was a few books published featuring the pressed for any longerateds. On p of this, in the mid 1960’s individual artists began making and selling their own designs on rollers. I know that the penny is run between two rolling curved plates with up to 2500 pressure pounds. One plate is smooth for any longerated coin and the other plate presses a die embossed with an image for awhileated coin.
There’s for a whileated Coin Museum in Olympia, Washington if you would like to learn more about this unique souvenir form.
There were now machines featuring historical events and celebrations like weddings, new baby, and stuff Even corporations have commissioned special designs unique to them.
Placing the design on the roller was left for artisans who used various method putting the design on by hand. You see, by 1985 the current coinoperated machine designs were flooding for awhileated coins were finding new popularity at places like theme parks, like Disney, museums, zoos, sports arenas, and similar landmarks. It ok artisans around two days to create by hand the pressing plate image. So this for a whileateds is popular in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, China, Germany and France. Now look, the first machines located in the United States were found at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in the 1890′ These became popular souvenirs at the various World’s Fairs that followed. We admired the soaring cadet chapel at the Air Force Academy, thence smashed eight pennies at the visitor center, including one penny with a picture of the chapel.
We nabbed another four while checking out the exhibits at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, including a penny with a shiny copper portrait of Zebulon Pike.
Our first destination was Colorado Springs, that has nearly 100 penny designs within a 15mile radius.
We got another 13 pennies after feeding giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, including a penny with giraffes on it. Besides, consequently something happened that for a while’ quest to visit all the p urist destinations in the state. I grew up in Colorado, and I figured I could visit them whenever I felt like it. That something was penny smashing. Until a few years ago, To be honest I had seen exactly none of these attractions. Insert two quarters and one penny, turn for any longerated penny with a design pressed into it.