This week I will be sharing with you my very own somewhat quirky hobby. It isn't something really strange or as fascinating as the trees and eggs you have seen previously. However, it does qualify as I'm collecting oval coins! (The way i see it)
So what are pressed pennies?
This is my first pressed penny from California Disneyland! Pressed pennies are elongated coins or blank planchets that are pressed through rollers which have mirror imaged designs under pressure as high as 44 000 PSI. Because of this high pressure, the originally rounded coin becomes an oval.
How it is made:
1) Insert a Quarter to be pressed and the amount you need to pay.
2) Select a design of your choice (if there's more than one)
3) Watch away!
I found it really interesting to watch the machines press the quarter into the design of my choice. Initially, I started 'collecting' so that I could watch the coins get pressed over and over again. Sadly, I don't have a video of the process as I am always too excited to remember.
Singapore got it's first pressed penny machine and it's at Suntec City, just outside Carrefour on Level 2 so do check it out! I will definitely be going to get mine.
Is it illegal?
In some countries like the United States, they have their quarter dollar coin pressed in the machine but in countries like Japan, they have the designs pressed on blank coins.
A faint mark of the quarter can still be seen on the back of my coin.
According to pressedpenny.com, under the United States Code Title 10, CHapter 17, and Section 331, "prohibits the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." However, it does not prohibit the mutilation of coins if done without fraudulent intent or use and hence, making it legal.
Photos of part of my collection: