20 Facts About Pressed Pennies

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Even if you’ve never gone out of your way to collect pressed pennies, chances are you probably possess one of them somewhere. Indeed, with machines offering the decorative souvenirs stationed all over the world, they are rather difficult to escape. But there’s actually a lot more to the world of these stretched, elongated and embossed pennies than first meets the eye…

20. The first pressed penny was produced in 1818

At least, 1818 is the year in which the first documented pressed penny was produced. That was created by a jeweler in Vienna, at a time when the Austrian Empire itself was still freshly coined. However, it would still be a few decades before the item became commonplace as a souvenir.

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