Monday, February 22, 2010

Smashed Euros

What happens when you take a single Euro coin and a two cent Euro and put them into a machine? Why you get a smashed coin of course!

Before I left for Rome, I went to the Penny Collector site that I use and found that there are many international cities that have coin smashing machines.  I was determined to find a machine once I arrived in Rome since it looked like there were so many.  

Fortunately, I was able to find two separate machines! This one was at a souvenir shop right across the street from the Colosseum.  It had four options, but I only had two - 2¢ coins so I chose to get the Colosseum and the Wolf image. 
According to Roman legend, mythological twins,  Romulus and Remus were given nourishment by a wolf when their mother was imprisoned by the King.  Later, Romulus named the city of Rome after himself and killed his brother when he made a mockery of his efforts to protect his new city.  Romulus then became the King of Rome.

The image of the wolf feeding the twins is seen throughout the city.

This machine was at a souvenir shop near the Vatican.  The 2¢ piece above shows St. Peter's Bascillica and the coin below is of Papa Benedicto (Pope Benedict.)

I really like getting smashed pennies as my main souvenir because they are inexpensive, easy to carry and are fun to make. 

I brought the pennies home and put them in my book with the other smashed pennies that I have collected and of course, blogged about my good fortune!

I have missed being here each day.  I hope that the past two weeks have been as good to you as they were for me :) 



Just Breathe said...

My daughter is over today and had to call her over here to see these.
She collects them too! OMG she loves them. She actually knows someone who is going to Rome this year and can't wait to ask them to get her some. Thanks for sharing.

jennifer said...

This is something else we have in common - a weakness for smashed penny machines. My problem is keeping up with them - I find them tucked away in drawers or catch-all bowls and get to remember making them :)

SO GLAD that you are home. All is right in the world now.

Love ya!

Ruth Ann said...

Very cool! I didn't know they had a website telling you where to find the machines! I've decided to start collecting these for the boys once we start vacationing each year! Like you said they take up very little room and are very fun! I have one from the Mall of America somewhere! I need to see if I can find it! Have a great day!

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Loria said...

I'm glad you were able to get your souvenior pennies ..