This is a picture of my vintage penny rolling machine. It
contains five fixed and immovable dies, three of them original
and two welded in at a later date. The three originals are
Jim Dundon, bless his heart, has spent a lot of time on the phone talking me through the proper method to clean up on the lightly rusted dies, and thanks to him, i can now actually roll recognizable images on 4 of the 5 dies in the machine. I believe that with a bit more cleaning, they will all be just fine. Jim also told me that, as far as he can tell from my verbal description, this machine was not designed as a penny smasher but is an adapted rolling mill originally made for use in the jewelry trade. The adaptation was done in 1939 because the three original dies in the machine (which are not removable) are for the Golden Gate Bridge (opened 1937), Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge (opened 1938) and Golden Gate International Exposition (World's Fair) at Treasure Island (the die is dated 1939).
Since i am new to elongated coin collecting, i do not know the official designation for the coins my machine rolls, according to the books published on the subject. Any information that i can get on that, as well as on the hsitory of this machine, will be added here and gratefully acjnowledged.
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