The Elongated Collectors
That's right! I joined The Elongated Collectors! You may refer to me as #2287 from now on. For 12 bucks you get a quarterly newsletter with all kinds of neato news, although the first one I got was 9 months old, oh well. With each newsletter, you get a little envelope with a bunch of coins in it. Even though the first newsletter I got was 9 months old, in the next month I got two more! (I'm not sure whether or not that means I only get one more the rest of the year though) Anyway, I really recommend joining! Check out the TEC website for an application.
"TEC News Award 2003" I published an article in the TEC newsletter. Yup it's true. I think it was about the San Penny Machine Company. (They don't have a web site that I know of, and I think they've since been bought out.) You could get one of these coins if you are a TEC member and send in an article that meets the rigorous editorial standards.
"Member TEC 2003" Why did I do it? I don't know. I don't really think TEC membership has much to offer me at this point. Ha ha that's a joke, of course TEC is the preeminent elongated coin collecting club and any collector worth their salt will pony up the 12 bucks per year.
"TEC Member 2005" Hey I re-upped my TEC Membership again for 2005 and this year they sent a nickel! (I actually paid for a bunch of years in a row so wouldn't have to think about renewing for a while.)These were rolled by Jim Kilcoyne.
"Pittsburgh, PA - TEC - ANA 2004" Every year a special coin gets produced (this one by Ray Dillard) for the annual ANA convention. Find out where the next on will be at www.money.org.
Jim Kilcoyne produced a series of coins for TEC in 2005, one for each season. (This one was for Spring. duh.)
"2004 TEC Member" If you join The Elongated Collectors, they'll send you a coin like this. It may be late, but they will send it to you eventually. Check it out.
"2001-2002 TEC News Contributor" Yup, I wrote an article and it was published in The Elongated Collector News, for my trouble, I got this nifty coin!
"2002 Member TEC - Remembering Our Heroes" Uh huh, I'm still a TEC member (#2287). Not only that, I'm the Secretary of the club... at least through August 2003.
I got this one in my Fall 2001 TEC news. I just kind of like the simplicity of it. While I'm thinking about it, I encourage you to join TEC. It's a great deal.
Here it is, the 2000 TEC Membership coin. I like it. It's got the TEC owl looking out at some millennial fireworks and the Roman numerals MM for the year 2000. Now, did I rememberto pay my dues?
This penny is packed with numismatic info! It's a thank you and a welcome to ANA president John Wilson at the 1999 convention in Chicago. I guess the oil lamp is the symbol of the ANA, anybody know?
"ANA 1999 - Chicago the windy city - Fanning the Flame of Knowledge" It shows a cranky cloud blowing out the oil lamp. I got this one and the other ANA convention pennies from TEC. You really ought to join, it's great!
"ANA 1999 - Chicago - the windy city" It's that cranky cloud again, this time blowing on the TEC owl, sheesh.
"19th Annual PAN Convention 1997 - Pittsburgh Oct 24-26 - Roberto Clemente 3000 hits 9/30/72" If you've ever been to Pittsburgh, you know Clemente is a god there.
This one has so much stuff on it, I'm not even going to write it all out here. It's from the 1999 Numismatic convention held Dearborn. A bunch of clubs apparently sponsored it, among them The Polish American Numis. Soc. Whee Haw!
The Elongate Collectors 1999 membership coin. This is my favorite coin from TEC so far.
These words of wisdom from the Montgomery County Forestry Board - "Plant A Tree"
"Member - TEC 1998" This is the first coin I got with my first newsletter. It shows what I suppose is the TEC logo: an owl standing next to an elongated coin wrapped in a ribbon that reads "TEC". I have no idea what the significance of the owl is. If you know, let me know
This next one commemorates the 107th Anniversary American Numismatics Association convention in Portland, Oregon in 1998. I been to Portland many times, but I wasn't at the convention, no sir.
Portland is known as the City of Roses, when you go there be sure and visit the real rose garden (not the arena) I think it's in Southwest part of town. Anyway, this one reads "ANA 1998 - Portland City of Roses" and shows the TEC logo and, duh, a rose.
I have no idea what this penny is commemorating. It seems to have a few purposes. It apparently was rolled for a convention in Pittsburgh, PA (a great city, loved visiting there), the PAN which was held Oct 25-27, 1996. It was the 18th annual convention. This penny also shows a bottle of Heinz 57 sauce with a banner reading 100 years across it. You figure it out.
Yet another convention penny! This one was rolled for the 1992 Illinois Numismatics Association (the ILNA?) convention in Peoria! Their logo depicts those Illinois favorites, an ear of corn and Abe Lincoln..so this penny has two pictures of Lincoln! Wowie! By the way, the ILNA's motto is "Knowledge through Numismatics", words we should all take to heart.
I'm a baseball fan, so I really like this one. It shows Babe Ruth with a bat and reads "Babe Ruth - Sultan of Swat - Centennial of Birth 1895-1995"
Here's a little tiny advertisement! "Today's Elongateds by Lee Martin - Rollers Mintages collector Data" I think it's a book, but don't bother looking on amazon for it.
I think this is my favorite of the pennies I've gotten from TEC. "It's a girl!" Just don't try to smoke it.