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 Introduction to Elongated Coins

 Cleaning Copper Cents before Elongating


Elongating penny machines can be found througout the United States (and other countries) and usually depict designs from a specific location or event.  You insert a few quarters and a penny, then two steel wheels come together with more than 1,500 pounds of pressure to flatten the penny and imprint it with the design.  Most machines are found at various types of attractions, providing an inexpensive and unique souvenir.  Some of the older rare elongateds command high prices, but most still remain one of the least expensive and most  unique collectibles available.

The first U.S. elongateds were rolled in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.  Over the next few decades, entrepreneurs appeared with their dies and rolling machines at many fairs and expositions.  In the 1950's, the U.S. Treasury provided assurances that elongated U.S. coins are indeed legal.  In the 1980's, a further expansion of the hobby occurred when customer operated electric and manual rolling machines began appearing at amusement parks, museums, zoos, and other attractions.  Today these machines are found at thousands of locations worldwide - with more than a dozen in the Shenandoah Valley (in Virginia). 

A great organization that promotes and educates people about elongated coins is the non-profit organization "The Elongated Collector" [TEC].  Their website is:   Check it out and if you aren't already a member, please consider joining!  



Here are links to some of our favorite sites and the websites of the locations where Cindy's Cents machines are located.  

The Elongated Collector (TEC), a great non-profit organization that promotes and educates people about elongated coins.  They have a great quarterly newsletter, and you receive free coins with each issue.   If you join, please list us (TEC #3467) as who referred you to TEC.   Their website is:

The Penny Collector at has tons of information including listings of machines throughout the country and the world, coins for sale, a trading tool, etc.

Yahoo elongated collectors discussion group - This is a great place to keep in touch with other elongated collectors, list trades, ask questions, etc.  Please visit them at

Cindy's Cents has Elongated Penny Machines at the Following Locations:


Natural Bridge and Natural Bridge Caverns I-81 Virginia Exits 180 from North Exit #175

Natural Bridge Zoo  I-81 Virginia Exits 180 and 175

Dinosaur Land

Shenandoah Caverns and The Yellow Barn,  I-81 VA Exit #269

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum   19 West Cork St, Winchester, VA

Front Royal Visitor's Center  414 East Main Street, Front Royal, VA  22630

Grand Caverns  I-81 Virginia Exit #240

Virginia Museum of Travel - Roanoke, VA

Taubman Museum of Art - Roanoke, VA

West Virginia:

Tamarack - The Best of West Virginia (two machines)  Beckley, WV 

WV State Museum Culture Center  - Charleston, WV

Shepherdstown Visitors Center - Shepherdstown, WV

Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV

Black Water Falls State Park, Davis, WV

Big John's Pizza, Davis, WV

Hodge Podge Gift Store - (two machines) 144 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV

Maryland and Pennsylvania:

Sinoquippe Boy Scout Camp - Ft. Littleton, PA 


Discovery Station Hagerstown, MD 


Jason made a special fundraising elongated - see it at 

Boomer has all the info about Disneyland coins at

Sophia is a Dutch collector.  Her site is 

Andy is a Scottish collector.  His website is 

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