Yep, I've squished across America and I'm proud of it!
Whether you call them squished, pressed or elongated coins, they are fun to collect. Something to do with your kids or grand kids that is fairly inexpensive, shows places you have been and easy to store.
You want to start with the books to store the coins: PennyCollector.com - The official website for elongated pennies, penny books and penny machines Here are a few of mine:
You can collect by themes, if you prefer. I like Pez and pigs so I make sure I get those whenever I can.
And Burma Shave plus Route 66:
You can use machine locators to find machines nearby you or where you are going to visit: PennyCollector.com - The official website for elongated pennies, penny books and penny machines or you can even shop online: The World's Largest Elongated Coin Store! Elongated Coins from Around the globe. plus eBay is a huge source for them.
You never know what you might find.
I was lucky enough to find one from the 1939 World's Fair.
And it's not limited to pennies. Nightmare Before Christmas set pressed on quarters.
Another favorite of mine are holiday coins. Whatever theme you want, I'm sure you can find something to collect in these coins! And if you want, you can even own a machine of your own!