Squished Penny Tip #1

Always keep a small bag of pre-1982 pennies (and quarters) in your purse. You never know when you might need them.

Ok, so this is a better tip for women squishers then men. I learned the hard way about this though!

I have a large zip-lock bag where I keep all my pre-1982 pennies. Not wanting to carry it around with me all the time (that thing is heavy!) I keep it in my car, figuring that I would have it if I needed it. Well, twice now in the past month, I have not had it with me and had to scramble to find pennies.

The first was when we went to the Maryland Science Museum. There were two penny machines and I rode with Kathi, so I did not have my car (or my pennies!). Luckily between Kathi and myself we were able to come up with enough so that I could get one set from each machine and 2 extra of the crabs (for my crab collection). I did not, however, have enough to squish any pennies for traders.

The second time was at the Great Wolf Lodge. I had planned on packing my penny bag, but totally spaced and forgot. And we took Jeff’s car, so again no pennies. Of course I was wiped out of pennies since the Maryland Science Museum and my mother-in-law did not have any on her either. I ended up buying 50 pennies from the front desk at the Lodge and did find 14 pre-1982 pennies. Unfortunately when I went to squish, the machine was totally off and smashed them too hard, leaving a huge tail. So again no traders, but at least it was not because of a lack of pennies!

So what I have learned is that I now carry a small plastic bag with about 16 pennies or so in it. This ensures that I have enough to squish at 2 machines…one set for my collection and one set for trading. The bag is not too heavy and at least I will not be caught without my pennies!

For those of you who are wondering what the heck I am talking about, you can read an earlier blog post about it.


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5 Responses to Squished Penny Tip #1

  1. floridamom says:

    I have to ask — why pre-1982? I went to your previous post, but you didn’t mention it there. Now, I’m really curious. :)

  2. Oh no! We just throw pennies into those things Willy Nilly! Yikes. Whew! If you hadn’t told us to use pre-1982 pennies, we’d be doing it all wrong. Shouldn’t be too hard to remember, cuz that’s the year I graduated from high school! *gasp*

  3. floridamom, it’s the zinc!! Pennies after 1981 have more zinc than copper, so you see silver streaks in your squished pennies. I had to search the penny sites to find this out! Great information to know.

  4. LOL! In 1982 they started using mostly zinc to make pennies. This means that the silver of the zinc often shows through the design.

    The other issue with zinc pennies is that they tarnish faster/more then copper. I have a copper penny that I pressed in the 1970s and it looks just as good as it did when I pressed it. It has aged beautifully. I have another penny that I pressed in the 1990s on a zinc penny. It has tarnished quite badly.

    Guess that I need to make Squishing Tips #2!

  5. floridamom says:

    I finally had a chance to come back and check the comments. You never know what you’ll learn from a homeschool blog. :)