No.... not the Connie Francis song of 1959.... no tears or broken hearts...
Living in an RV leaves very little space for big souvenirs. Several years ago.. actually long before we started traveling full time, I started collecting smashed (or pressed) pennies.
You know... those elongated pennies...
Made this way by ... what else? A pressed penny machine!
You put in your 2 quarters on one side, your nice, shiny penny in the slot on the other side.. then you line up the design you want (most machines have 4 designs) and slide your money into the slot. Then, depending on whether the machine is manual or electric, you press the button or crank the handle...
Voila! The machine spits out your penny, which is now flattened and embossed with a design.
Actually, using old pennies (before 1970) is recommended... something about the amount of copper... but these days, those old pennies are hard to find.
We were walking past a row of souvenir shops along Calle Colon the other day, and what to my wondering (or for me, wandering) eyes should appear?
You guessed it!
Yeah... that's me... standing by my latest find...
Only this took euros... AND... instead of the USA $1.01 souvenir, each of those flattened pennies above cost me about $1.35 (American). I didn't care... I got one of each ;-)
There are little "books" you can keep your pennies in (much like those books that I used to have as a kid that were for coin collections)... I think I have 7 books filled with smashed pennies... from over 30 states, several Canadian provinces, a few from Mexico, and various other vacation spots.
AND.. get this!
Back in the days when Geocaching had "locationless" caches (those who are cachers know what I'm talking about), there was one where you entered (on the website) a photograph of yourself beside a penny machine along with the coordinates. You better believe I participated in that cache!
You'd think I found a pot of gold the way I carry on when I find another machine...
Guess it doesn't take much to keep me entertained.
That's All For Today!
P.S. There's a website that gives the locations of all the penny machines in the USA and various other countries.... just Google "smashed penny" and you'll find it.