Welcome to TEC 2018

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

  • encourage the study, acquisition, and exhibition of elongates and related items
  •  research and publish articles in TEC News and elsewhere
  • assist new collectors, especially youth
  • 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!

Ray Dillard at 2018 Central States Numismatic Society show

Thanks to John Wilson for this great photo of TEC President Emeritus, Ray Dillard, handing out elongateds to visitors to the 2018 Central States Numismatic Society show.

Photos: National Money Show Irving, TX

Be sure to head over to the TEC Gallery to see some photos submitted by Tyler Tyson from the National Money Show in Irving, TX.

TEC at National Money Show in Irving, TX


TEC will have a club booth in Irving, TX at the National Money Show which will be held March 8-10.  If you are attending, be sure to come say hi, booth 810!

More FUN photos!

More photos have been added to the FUN gallery submitted by Tyler Tyson.  Be sure to check out the gallery if you haven’t already to see all the fun that TEC had at FUN!

Smash a penny, pick it up: Elongated coin machines make memories

The St. Louis Dispatch posted an article about Elongated coins this morning. Be sure to check it out!

Design Contest 2018

This year’s design contest theme is “Hidden Treasures”  Find out more about the theme, rules and download an official entry form on the 2018 Design Contest page.

TEC at the FUN Convention

TEC had a  ton of fun at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show in Tampa last weekend! Be sure to head over to the gallery to see some some photos of the event and some of the great elongated displays!

ANA HEADQUARTERS 50th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, August 6, ANA held a special 50th celebration at their headquarters in Colorado Springs.  All attendees received a goodie bag that included some wonderful elongated coins donated by John and Nancy Wilson and rolled by Ray. Captured a number of photos of Ray next to his Hall of Fame plaque.  Enjoyed the festivities including rolling coins at their penny machine, having a silly caricature made, refreshments and tours.

Overall we had a great time and hope to see lots of you at the show in Philadelphia next year!


Two big presentations for TEC – TEC received it’s 50 year of ANA Membership plaque early in the program.  Then later, Ray was inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame.