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Welcome to TEC 2019

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!

2018 Annual Reports

The Board Member’s 2018 Annual Reports have been added to the website in PDF form for your viewing pleasure.  Links to download them can be found at:

TEC Photo Gallery Updated

Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery which has recently been updated with photos for the ANA Convention from Tyler Tyson and Cindy Calhoun.  If you attended and have any photos you’d like to share, please contact about how to submit them!

Pressing Memories: Pursuing elongated coins won’t break the bank

Check out the great article that Antique Trader just put out about Elongated Coins! You may see some familiar names featured such as TEC Past President, Oded Paz and current president Cindy Calhoun in the article!

View it here:

TEC at World’s Fair of Money

TEC will be at table 554 in Hall D (2nd Level) of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  This can be found in the back by the Kid’s Zone and Museum exhibits.

TEC Meetings are scheduled for Friday August 17th from 8am to 1pm in room 120C (Street level)

Exhibit appls are due June 15! Let’s see lots of them!

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!