The History of the Elongated Penny “coins”.
It is generally accepted that the Tokens on the side or (below) were first made during the 1892-1893 World’s Columbian Exposition that was held in Chicago, Illinois to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s Discovery of America. An elongated coin is made by a coin, token, medal or metal blank being forced between two steel rollers. An engraving is on one or both of the rollers and as the coin passes through the rollers it is squeezed, pressed or Elongated under tremendous pressure from the original round shape to one of an oval and the engraving design impressed into the coin.
Elongated coins are coins that have been elongated (flattened or stretched) and embossed with a new design with the purpose of creating a commemorative or souvenir token. The Penny Men are so proud to be part of the history and working so hard since to develop the Future.