Dick Johnson submitted these thoughts on an article discussing the potential demise of the Canadian cent coin and (by implication) souvenir Canadian elongated cents. -Editor Despite the headline in the Canadian publication, the Torontoist, Canada will have plenty of cents available for those machines at tourist locations to roll out a penny for the souvenir of your visit there. The article on elongated cents was headlined: "Ruin Your Pennies While You Still Can!" Canada, like Australia and a half dozen other countries, is considering abolishing the lowly cent.
The article illustrates the rolling machines. Are these really called "pennysmashers" in Canada? The model shown vends four varieties. Four artists were asked to create a design for each of their contribution. Not very pictorial nor imaginative.
Cost is $2 plus the penny you want "smashed." Canada has dollar coins and it illustrates where you must insert two dollar coins and one cent in appropriate slots to activate the machine. Elongated coins have come a long way since the Chicago World's Fair of 1892. They are just getting a lot more expensive and a lot less attractive.
In the future, perhaps, after Canada abolishes the cent, venders will have to load the machines with pennies, instead of buyers providing their own. Maybe then it will only cost $2.
The pictures alone are worth clicking on this article: Ruin Your Pennies While You Still Can (http://torontoist.com/2009/04/ruin_your_pennies_while_you_still_c.php)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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