Eastern State Penitentiary

I was pretty thrilled to get my first set of coins from jail.  Although the Eastern State Penitentiary has been closed for decades, the ECs still make an interesting addition. When it was first opened in 1829, the penitentiary was considered the first of its kind.  It was designed to encourage separate confinement.  Each cell included a faucet with running water… Read more →

La Alberca, Spain

La Alberca is a village inside the national park Las Batuecas-Sierra de Fancia, part of Salamanca. Visitors enjoy its old-fashioned charms of cobbled stone streets and wooden-beamed architecture. The coins are from a gift shop called Puri y Charo in the northern part of the village.  In addition to depicting some of la Alberca’s attractions, such as Plaza Mayor and the Parish Church… Read more →

National Building Museum

A museum of architecture, design, engineering, construction and urban planning, the National Building Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, near the Verizon Center. The Great Hall, and the gift shop where the penny machine is located, can be accessed free of charge.  There is a fee to see the exhibitions. The elongated coin designs for this location depicts… Read more →

Elongated coin from the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in UK | GatherEC.com

Happy SinterKlaas!

If you’re a fan of David Sedaris, you are probably familiar with the Dutch way of celebrating Saint Nicholas Day.  Happy Dutch children enjoy gift opening a full 19 days before their American counter parts and, as Sedaris suggested, they get a svelte and groomed Santa Clause to boot. My friend Kees and I have been exchanging notes on how the two cultures celebrate holidays.  Kees… Read more →

Elongated coin from Grant's Farm with turkey St. Louis, Missouri | GatherEC.com

Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a really great turkey day.  This year, we had a small gathering, just my siblings and I.  My brother, still in high school, single-handedly made a 15 lb heritage bronze turkey 🙂  It tasted amazing, lots of dark meat with crispy skin. I did a search in my collection for turkey related ECs and came across a… Read more →

Elongated coin from Trading Post in Indian River, Michigan | GatherEC.com

Trading Post – Indian River, Michigan

This was the very first elongated coin I pressed! I was in high school and was invited to vacation with my friend’s family.  As we were driving up to the cabin in northern Michigan, we stopped at the Trading Post to fill up for gas.  And there it was, an elongated machine! Thinking back, I remember making a decision to collect… Read more →

Time for a Change!

Dear friends and fellow collectors, I have a big announcement – the GatherEC website will be undergoing a long term reconstruction! GatherEC Website Reconstruction – I am taking down most of the content within GatherEC to slowly rebuild the site again.  Other than blog posts, all pages will go through this process. But Why…?  This website has been a way for… Read more →

Frank Zappa Baltimore

Frank Zappa and the Chesapeake House

Thanks to Steve and Cassandra, I got a new set of coins from the Chesapeake House.  The Chesapeake House is a rest stop on I-95, actually one of the nicest rest area I’ve been to.  It makes for a nice breaking spot when traveling from Washington DC to New York City. A head and bust of Frank Zappa was on… Read more →

St Michaels Hooper Strait Lighthouse

Summer Weekend at St Michaels

Closing the summer, I would like to share one more great vacation spot that unfortunately doesn’t have an EC machine.  However, just like scientific research should publish both positive and negative results, I figured I should write about our trips even when they turn out negatively on the penny machine hunt 🙂 I was looking for a quick weekend getaway to celebrate Jennifer’s… Read more →

Disneyland Elongated Coin

Happy Belated 60th Anniversary Disneyland!

Disneyland celebrated its 60th anniversary on July 17th.  I wasn’t able to make it in person, but it looked like an amazing event! Have you noticed?  I’ve been slowly updating the EC images in order to provide details of each elongated coin.  I’m working my way through my entire collection, starting from the Disneyland set. Check back often!   Read more →