For those that aren’t aware pressed pennies are simply elongated coins which are flattened into an oval shape and impressed with a design. This is usually done through a penny mangle.
I’ve loved penny mangles ever since I was little, popping the coins into the slot, spinning the wheel around and making pressed pennies. They’re a great, unique souvenir and with the added bonus of being small enough to fit many in a cabin bag.
I have a small yet growing collection, most from places in England and a couple from other parts of the UK and overseas. A lot are from Weymouth as we went on holiday there a lot when my sister and I were younger. 🙂
At the moment my pressed penny collection is stored in specialist pressed penny albums, but I love the idea of displaying them in a frame, such as the one below.
The oldest penny
I can’t quite remember when I pressed this penny but I know it was my first.
The penny is from Brewers Quay in Weymouth, but sadly the penny mangle is no longer there.
You can find a list of current and retired penny mangles (from all over the world!) on the Penny Collector website.
The favourite penny
I think my favourite penny is the Tardis design I picked up at the Doctor Who Experience. But honestly any of the Doctor Who ones in my collection could be contenders.
The ‘long distance’ penny
The penny I travelled the furthest for was this cable car penny from San Francisco. 😊 I didn’t go out of my way to find it, but was a little excited when I saw the penny mangle say outside the gift shop.
The penny I was gifted
My friends and family know of my pressed penny collection and will sometimes bring me back one, if they see a penny mangle.
This one is from Sheffield, the home of snooker and shows a snooker cue and ball. My mum picked it up for me when she went to watch snooker live at The Crucible.
Have you heard of pressed pennies before? Do you have a pressed penny collection? Let me know in the comments. 😊