Collecting pressed pennies in the USA
So…I really like to hear from anyone that has a use for any metal polish that is out of the normal things you tend to think about using it for. I would like to thank Karen for telling me about a hobby that was unknown to me. AND for sharing pictures of a pressed penny. Now, I have seen these machines along the Mass Pike that you put a penny in and it presses a logo of one of the Boston sports teams or Cape Cod etc, but little did I know that not only do people have large collections of these but that also there are a number of clubs and news letters such as the Elongated Collectors . You can visit their website by clicking here , if you want to delve into this hobby a bit. While some collectors only want to use uncirculated coins, many want to use pre 1982s because of the higher zinc content. So you are starting with an old penny that has been God knows where and in many cases putting it through a pressing machine that has dirty rollers…well you get the picture. So what is often done, is to after the pressing, wash it with a solution of vinegar & water, maybe even use a little Bar Keepers Friend. Then to finish off the shine, Karen uses Autosol metal polish. As she states “ The first picture is before the polish and the second picture is afterwards. You can signal planes with it now!!!!!!!!! I now have polished over 200 pressed pennies with your polish and still have most of the tube of polish left.” I think this is a great hobby, that I would like to get my grand kids into. It’s inexpensive, something they can do on their own, and when they go to Disney and other venues, a really nice souvenir. Check the before and after pics below. If you would like to try some Autosol metal polish, please buy it from our recommended supplier by clicking here.