One of the many things that I collect are pressed pennies. They’re great mementos of places that you’ve visited and are very inexpensive as far as souvenirs go (unless you are in Disney World where they are at least 100 pennies - .51¢ x 100 = $51). I had a four-day weekend to celebrate my birthday and decided to spend one of the days traveling around Boston with my daughter collecting some new pressed pennies.
16 new pressed pennies for the collection from three different locations. We started off at a new machine at the TD Garden. According to the Penny Collector website, the machine was first spotted in July, but I had no clue that it existed until now. I cranked out a Celtics penny, two Bruins pennies and a Boston: City of Champions penny there.
The next stop was Faneuil Hall where they’ve got two machines. The first one pressed JFK, New England Patriots (not the football team), Boston and Faneuil Hall. The second had a very cool penny commemorating David Ortiz becoming the all-time Red Sox HR leader along with a Red Sox penny, John Adams and another Faneuil Hall penny.
Our final stop was South Station to use a machine we discovered while eating Cheeseboy there before the Weezer concert. That machine was in rough shape. The crank was tough to turn and the pennies didn’t press all that well. You can still see the Lincoln Memorial on the Boston Skyline penny. The other pennies were Paul Revere, Boston Tea Party and a Go BoSox penny with Wally sliding headfirst into a base.
Tuesday, I’ll be adding some pennies from Fenway Park to the collection since I’ve got tickets to the game. There is a Patriots penny at the Patriot Place Bass Pro Shop that I’d like to add to the collection at some point.
Anyone else out there collect pressed pennies? What are some of your most recent additions or all-time favorite pieces?