Elongated coins (so-called because of their shape after they are rolled) are part of what's known as "exonumia" - that is, they fall outside the usual numismatic interests. But rest assured, if you have a few, a few hundred, or a few thousand of them, you are not alone! Elongated coins are sometimes also called "elongated pennies", "pressed pennies" or "squished pennies"
Founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization, The Elongated Collectors (TEC) now has over 650 members in several countries. Our purpose is to
1. encourage the study, acquisition, and exhibition of elongates and related items
2. research and publish articles in TEC News and elsewhere
3. assist new collectors, especially youth
4. promote the realistic and consistent valuation of elongates.
Basically, we care for and foster interest in these marvelous souvenirs from every source and every era!
If you love elongates, then TEC is the club for you! We gather for our annual meeting at the American Numismatic Association's World of Money convention. In addition, many of our members gather throughout the year at "mini-meets" in various parts of the country to visit with one another, compare collections, trade duplicates, and go on "squishin' missions." And many of us also participate in various internet discussion groups, sharing our latest discoveries and helping each other out in any way we can. More information is available all over our website. We welcome any and all questions you have!
Please join us! For your nominal membership dues, you will receive:
Our quarterly newsletter, TEC News
Exclusive elongates, including coveted annual TEC member issues
Birthday elongates for junior members
Discounts on classic reference books, such as Yesterday's Elongates
And more, but best of all access to the unmatched generosity and wisdom of novice and advanced collectors alike!