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Pressed Copper Things

Okay, latraviata has infected me. =) I went to Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium to get pressed little-unminted-copper-disks-the-size-of-a-penny.

They're not real pennies, which kinda takes some of the fun out of it. All you do is put your looney (CDN$1.00) in, it drops a little penny-sized copper disk from its reservoir into the contraption and presses it for you.

Science World only had one, but there were two designs at the Aquarium: an octopus and a killer whale. I got 5 of each - one for myself, one for LaTraviata and 3 to trade. I'm going to send all my tradies to LaTraviata and she'll send me 12 different pressed coins back whenever she gets trades. It's a bit of a loop, but until I can find someone here to bum a mailbox from, I'll just do this.

B mentioned to me that the Canadian government doesn't take too kindly to defacing Canadian coinage. I said that doesn't make any sense to me - but, then again, very few things about the government do make sense. They were talking about abolishing the penny altogether a while ago. It costs 3 cents to mint one penny. Pressed pennies are $1.00 each. You'd think that the gov't would actually be all over it like a dirty shirt... have a monopoly on owning, running them AND commissioning the plate designs.

I've also heard that it isn't about the cost of it, it's about defacing the image of Queen Elizabeth. Like, whatEVER. This is the same woman who was upset at having her face line up directly with the polar bear's butt on the other side of the Canadian $2 coin (the tooney).

It's MY money, I should be able to do whatever I want with it as long as I didn't intend to try spending it as legal tender again.


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Oct. 6th, 2001 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have a pressed penny that says "Lanfairpwychgwyngychgogerich..gogogoh" (or something to that effect... the longest place name in Wales). Wish I had more to trade. I love pressed pennies.
Oct. 6th, 2001 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! I've heard of that town =) There was a website that had a .wav file of someone pronouncing it... I got lost after the third syllable. =P
Oct. 6th, 2001 06:18 pm (UTC)
I can pronounce it pretty much how I typed it. I don't know all of it but I know quite a bit for someone who doesn't know welsh ;-) I had people in Wales telling me how to pronounce it so many times I caught on. Then we stopped there on the way to returning our Hertz van rental car and it is a podunk lil town with nothing there but a few long signs. ;-)
Oct. 10th, 2001 05:58 pm (UTC)
you live in columbus, ohio? there are a ton of pennies to be pressed there.

i sniff trade potential! let me know if you want a list from ohio. i can compile one.

your wales one sounds great! i finally got my first foreign one last weekend (part of a trade deal). it's from scotland. ah, i want more foreign ones. i'm ready for bride's coins. *grin*
Oct. 10th, 2001 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh no, she's sucking Dianna in too!!! Run away, Dianna! Run away!

Re: Vancouver coins - I kinda need your snail address =)
Oct. 10th, 2001 06:10 pm (UTC)
No, no Dianna, I'm nice! I promise I won't infect you with the penny fever!

S- My addy is on the way!
Oct. 17th, 2001 05:49 pm (UTC)
aha! i got your package yesterday! i'll try to gather up the trade coins as quickly as i can. i may hold onto them b/c i am meeting a bunch of penny ppl on 11/11 for a penny meet (summit!?) so i should be able to "con" a few into trading 1 for 3. *grin*
Oct. 17th, 2001 05:57 pm (UTC)
No hurry =)
Oct. 17th, 2001 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool!
i know, but i wanted you to have it sooner. heh.
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