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Penny Smashers
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Description:
Smashed pennies are no new kid on the memory-maker block. The World's Colombian Exposition of 1893, held in Chicago, USA to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, was the first known time that souvenir smashed coins were made for a specific event.

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Are they legal? Yes, squished, pressed, smashed, rolled or whatever you call them coins are legal in the US. The statue, Title 18, section 331, is confusing. It does prohibits fraudulent alteration and mutilation of coins. But, you can mutilate a coin if your intentions are not fraudulent, ie, not to us the coin as money. Canadian pennies are another story. It is illegal to alterate any coin with the queen of England on it , even in the United States!

Smashed pennies are made by taking a coin and squeezing it between two rollers, one (or both) of which has been engraved in reverse. The coin has the engraving pressed into it as it is pressed between the rollers.

Early producers of smashed coins most likely used modified jewellers mills, which were normally used to roll gold and other metals into thin wire. These early machines had to be turned by hand and gears were used to make this possible. More than a hundred years have passed since then, during which time the smashed coin or pressed penny has become a very popular souvenir and collectible.

The method of producing them has progressed from the original hand-cranked machines of the late 19th Century to mechanical components which are controlled by electronic circuitry and activated when the customer deposits his payment coins and a penny or other acceptable coin into the coin slots. Modern machines apply as much as 2 tons of pressure.

Instructions for Posting a Penny Smashers Waymark:
1) Find a penny (or any other coin) smashing machine that has not been waymarked yet.
2) Take a photo of the machine (if possible) or a photo of the entrance to the building if photography is banned at the location of the machine. If a photo of the machine is not possible, please provide a detailed description of the design(s) it produces.
3) Post coordinates to the machine, or the nearest location that you can take coordinates if the machine is indoors.
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4) Photos of the actual smashed coin and photos of the available designs are appreciated.
5) Any information about the location that the machine resides at, such as operating hours, admission price, local history, etc. would be great.
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Please note the condition of the machine (working, out of order, missing) in your log entry.
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SS12.6 km

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Penny SmashersRingling Circus Museum Penny Smasher

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Found this penny smasher while on vacation in Sarasota, FL.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Elwood

location: Florida

date approved: 10/9/2007

last visited: 10/5/2007

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SS14.2 km

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Penny SmashersSarasota Jungle Gardens - Sarasota, FL

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This penny smasher is located at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Florida

date approved: 3/5/2013

last visited: never

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SS17.1 km

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Penny SmashersG.WIZ Science Museum Penny Smasher

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Located inside the "G.WIZ" Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone museum. If this penny smasher does not take you into orbit then this "hands-on" science center certainly will!

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheGeoGnomes

location: Florida

date approved: 8/26/2010

last visited: never

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SS18.3 km

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Penny SmashersMote Aquarium

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A nice gentle cool weather site to visit in Sarasota, Florida. Mostly a research/rehab facility with a small aquarium with some indoor/outdoor exhibits including sharks, rays, and a few mammals. Several penny smashers are available around the site: four aquatic species choices at each, $.51 each.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member team mammoth

location: Florida

date approved: 2/12/2006

last visited: 2/19/2013

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SS18.3 km

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Penny SmashersMote Marine Laboratory - Machine 2 - Sarasota, FL

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This penny smasher is located at Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Florida

date approved: 3/5/2013

last visited: never

Image for St Pete Pier Smasher Cview gallery

NN31.9 km

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Penny SmashersSt Pete Pier Smasher C

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Found another smasher since last trip. All three are now on the 1st floor.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 1/27/2009

last visited: 1/11/2012

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NN31.9 km

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Penny SmashersSt Pete Pier Smasher A

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Located 'at the end' of the pier. It is the one on the left.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 4/27/2007

last visited: 1/11/2012

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NN31.9 km

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Penny SmashersSt Pete Pier Smasher B

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It is the one on the right.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 4/27/2007

last visited: 1/11/2012

Image for Tropicana Field Smasher - St Petersburg, FLview gallery

NN32.2 km

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Penny SmashersTropicana Field Smasher - St Petersburg, FL

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Located at Gate 3 or Section 106.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 8/17/2009

last visited: 8/15/2009

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NN58.1 km

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Penny SmashersDiscovery Smasher - Lowry Park Zoo

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Located along the boardwalk near the discovery center.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 6/1/2007

last visited: 10/10/2012

Image for Clearwater Marine Aquarium Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure - Clearwater, FLview gallery

NWNW58.1 km

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Penny SmashersClearwater Marine Aquarium Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure - Clearwater, FL

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This penny smasher is located inside Clearwater Marine Aquarium Winter's Dolphin Tale Adventure at 300 Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater, FL

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Florida

date approved: 3/17/2013

last visited: 4/5/2013

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NN58.1 km

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Penny SmashersEntry Smasher - Lowry Park Zoo

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Located near the enter/exit gift shop.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 6/1/2007

last visited: 10/10/2012

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NN58.4 km

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Penny SmashersSafari Smasher - Lowry Park Zoo

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Located in the African section of the park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 6/1/2007

last visited: 6/16/2007

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NN61.2 km

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Penny SmashersBusch Gardens Entry Smasher A - FL

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This set of three machines replaces the one previously Waymarked.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 7/20/2011

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NN61.2 km

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Penny SmashersBusch Gardens Entry Smasher B - FL

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This set of three machines replaces the one previously Waymarked.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 11/1/2013

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NN61.2 km

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Penny SmashersBusch Gardens Entry Smasher C - FL

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This set of three machines replaces the one previously Waymarked.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 7/20/2011

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NN61.2 km

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Penny SmashersBusch Gardens Entry Smasher (Machine #2) - FL

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Located in the first gift shop inside the park. Thought to be the perviously archived smasher, but the designs are different.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 4/28/2010

last visited: 7/20/2011

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NN61.2 km

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Penny SmashersGwazi Smasher

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This machine replaces the one previously Waymarked.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 4/16/2010

Image for Cheetah Hunt - Smasher -  Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, Florida.view gallery

NN61.3 km

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Penny SmashersCheetah Hunt - Smasher - Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, Florida.

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The Cheetah Hunt - Penny Smasher is located at the gift shop, at the exit from the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. Located at Busch Gardens, Theme park and Zoo, Tampa Bay, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 11/14/2013

last visited: 11/14/2013

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NN61.3 km

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Penny SmashersMontu Smasher

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This machine replaces the one previously Waymarked in the Exgpt section.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 4/16/2010

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NN61.3 km

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Penny SmashersRhino Rally Smasher

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One of several new smasher locations in the park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 11/1/2013

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NN61.3 km

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Penny SmashersKumba Smasher

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One of several smashers that have been updated.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 11/1/2013

Image for Shiekra Smasher - Busch Gardens, Tampaview gallery

NN61.5 km

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Penny SmashersShiekra Smasher - Busch Gardens, Tampa

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One of many new smashers located in the park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 4/28/2010

last visited: 11/1/2013

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NN61.6 km

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Penny SmashersTimbucktu Smasher

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One of several new smashers throughout the park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 4/16/2010

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NN61.6 km

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Penny SmashersJungala Smasher

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A new smasher in a new section of the park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Florida

date approved: 2/18/2010

last visited: 4/23/2010

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