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INDIANA DUNES

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A machine was installed at the visitor center in early 2019.  Owned by the local Rotary Club, the machine had previously been in various local businesses in the Chesterton, Indiana, area. 

 

Four new dies were introduced when the machine was moved to the Dunes.  The die ring is reportedly swapped out from time to time, reviving the designs that had been found in Chesterton (those designs are available on our Indiana page). 

 

Designs: Indiana Dunes logo; Babapaloosa logo (a local event); Chesterton’s Thomas Centennial Park; Octave Chanute – Pioneer of Flight in the Dunes.

 

These coins are pressed on copper pennies that have been cleaned but can still show streaks and toning.  The designs roll slightly short, cutting off some wording on the borders. This machine is extremely temperamental – I visited three times before being able to finally press an entire set.

 

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As an aside, I had hoped to bring more northern Indiana coins to you.  I should have known, though, that all businesses in Amish Country are closed on Sundays.

 

 

MICHIGAN

They’re here! More than 25 new sets from northern Michigan!

You will see that it is common to feature the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan sets, and an outline map of the Upper Peninsula in U.P sets

Check the backstamps and details and you can see that they are distinctly different coins, though

 

Why is Mackinaw spelled two different ways?  Simple.  It had the French spelling when founded by the French (they shortened the Indian name Michilimackinac to “Mackinac”).  The British used an English spelling, “Mackinaw” – although both are pronounced the same way (ending in “aw”).  The bridge, the county in the U.P., the water Straits, and the island use the French spelling.  Mackinaw City, a Coast Guard ship, and a style of clothing all use the English spelling.

 

 

INDIAN RIVER

All pressed on uncirulated 1974D copper cents

 

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BIG BEAR ADVENTURES

 

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Complete set of 4 from this kayak/tube rental location across from the state park.  Has backstamp.  Copper cents.

 

Designs: Cross in the Woods; Burt Lake/Indian River; Big Bear/Sturgeon River; Big Bear Adventures.  All coins have backstamps with location information.

 

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CROSS IN THE WOODS

 

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Complete set of 4 pennies pressed on copper cents. Cross in the Woods is a religious icon with a massive sculpture created by Michigan favorite Marshall Fredericks (he also designed the Spirit of Detroit statue). The coins all have backstamps.

 

Designs: Cross in the Woods; holy family; prayer; “A guardian angel to watch over you.”

 

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INDIAN RIVER TRADING POST/ McDONALD’S/ SHELL GAS STATION

 

This one-stop store has a machine with a single die featuring an Indian chief’s head.  All coins at this location roll slightly short, cutting off the bottom inscription.  A backstamp reads “Indian River.”

 

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TAHQUAMENON FALLS

Uncirculated 1974D copper cents

These coins are pressed on uncirculated 1974D copper pennies. They may show minor fingerprint marks.

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LOWER FALLS GIFT SHOP

(TAHQUAMENON TREASURES)

 

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Complete set of 4 from the gift shop at the lower falls.  Uncirculated 1974D copper cents.  With backstamps featuring the store name.

 

Designs: Lower Tahquamenon Falls; Upper Peninsula map/”A Little Piece of Paradise”; moose; bear.

 

 

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UPPER FALLS GIFT SHOP

 

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Complete set of 4 from the gift shop at the lower falls.  Uncirculated 1974D copper cents. With backstamps advertising “Camp 33 Tahquamenon Brewery.”

 

Designs: Upper Peninsula map/”Paradise”; moose/”Moose Capital Newberry MI”; Upper Falls; Mackinac Bridge.

 

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TAHQUAMENON FALLS BREWERY

 

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Complete set of 3 from the private microbrewery and restaurant in the park.  All coins roll short and are pressed on uncirculated zinc pennies (a failed attempt to avoid the short-rolling).

 

Designs: moose/”Upper Falls”; brewery logo; bear/”Lower Falls.”

 

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MACKINAC ISLAND

Mackinac Island is known for two things: horses, and fudge.  You do the math.

 

All coins from this Michigan gem were pressed on 1974D copper cents that have been cleaned

 

 

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MACKINAC ISLAND STATE PARKS VISITORS CENTER

 

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The visitor center is located on Main Street across from Marquette Park below the fort (not on Huron Street as indicated on Pennycollector.com – a mistake I will soon attempt to correct).  Complete set of 4 pressed on cleaned 1974D copper pennies.

 

Designs: Arch Rock; Mackinac Island outline map; “Somewhere in Time” Gazebo; Fort Mackinac.  Backstamp: “Mackinac State Historic Parks” and phone number.

 

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THE GRAND HOTEL

 

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The most elegant hotel in Michigan has a penny press in its arcade with 3 designs.  Pressed on  cleaned 1974D copper cents.  Those not staying at the hotel have to pay $10 to enter this area!

 

Designs: Indian chief; turtle (the name “Mackinac” is an Indian word for turtle); old-time bicycle.  These coins roll slightly short, cutting off the border dots and part of the inscriptions.

 

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ISLAND BOOKSTORE

 

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This little shop tucked away in a courtyard at the Lilac Tree Hotel has a machine with 4 designs.  This complete set is pressed on cleaned copper cents.

 

Designs: Round Island Lighthouse; Fort Mackinac; Grand Hotel; Mackinac Bridge.

 

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HIGHSTONES FAMILY CLOTHING

 

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Complete set of 4 from this shop at the Star Line ferry dock.  All coins have backstamps.  Pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents. 

 

Designs: Star Line Ferry; Mackinac Bridge; horse-drawn carriage; Grand Hotel.  Backstamp: “Mackinac Island”

 

 

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ST. IGNACE

St. Ignace is the northern terminus of the Mackinac Bridge and one of two locations for catching the Mackinac Island ferry. For most, it is their gateway into the Upper Peninsula, where the terrain suddenly changes, Paul Bunyan is revered, and chain stores and restaurants are fairly scarce.

You will see that it is common to feature the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan sets, and an outline map of the Upper Peninsula in U.P sets

Check the backstamps and you can see that they are distinctly different coins, though

All St. Ignace coins pressed on uncirculated 1974D copper pennies. They may show minor fingerprint marks.

 

 

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CASTLE ROCK

 

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The legendary tourist attraction has one machine with 4 dies.  Despite other reports, there is not a second (1-die) machine at this location.  This complete set of 4 is pressed on uncirculated 1974D copper cents.  Al the coins have a backstamp. 

 

Designs: Castle Rock; Upper Peninsula map outline with St. Ignace designated on map; Mackinac Bridge; Up North Michigan with moose.

 

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MYSTERY SPOT

 

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Another legendary tourist attraction, its billboards used to be plastered all across Michigan.  There are 4 designs at this machine, all with backstamps.

 

Designs: Mystery Spot with Upper Peninsula map; Mackinac Bridge; My Lucky Penny; Mystery Spot logo.

 

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DEER RANCH

 

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Complete set of 4 design from this tourist spot on US 2.  All pressed on copper cents, with backstamps. 

 

Designs: Running deer logo (as featured on attraction’s sign); Mackinac Bridge; Upper Peninsula outline map; fawn.

 

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CURIO FAIR

 

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St. Ignace is filled with seasonal tourist gift shops.  This one has a machine with 4 designs, and all feature backstamps with the store’s name and information.

 

Designs: Mackinac Bridge; Curio Fair building; Upper Peninsula outline map; St. Helena lighthouse.

 

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INDIAN VILLAGE

 

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A single-die machine has been available for years at this favorite longstanding gift shop.  Rolls short, cutting off part of the design and inscription. 

 

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KEWADIN CASINO

 

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This casino north of town is one of several operated by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  This is the only one of their casinos with a penny press.  Complete set of 4 designs pressed on copper.

 

Designs: Kewadin logo; My Lucky Penny; slot machine; Mackinac Bridge.  All have backstamps with the casino's phone number.

 

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SOUVENIR BARN

 

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Another gift shop;complete set of 4 designs pressed on copper cents, with backstamp.

 

Designs: Mackinac Island horse-drawn carriage; Upper Peninsula outline map; Edmund Fitzgerald lake freighter; Mackinac Bridge.

 

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SOO LOCKS

Great Lakes Gifts

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

 

The Soo Locks enable ships to go from Lake Superior’s ports to the lower lakes and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.

 

A gift shop across from the locks has a single-die machine.  All coins rolled from this machine are short and cut off some of the border dots but not the design (see photo for example).  Frankly, it has been that way for years and, like many things in the U.P., it may never change.

 

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GREAT LAKES SHIPWRECK MUSEUM

Whitefish Point, Michigan

 

A most remarkable place – this museum at a lighthouse complex honors those who perished in shipwrecks on these inland seas.  The museum existed even before they discovered that the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald had sunk just a few miles off this Lake Superior point. 

 

A single coin is available from this location, pressed on uncirculated 1974D copper.  The front pictures the light house, and the backstamp states “Built in 1849, oldest active light on Lake Superior.”

 

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MACKINAW CITY

All Mackinaw City coins are pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents or on uncirculated cents, as noted in the descriptions.

 

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BARGAIN BARN -N- CARAMEL CORN SHOPS

 

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Complete set of 4.  Uncirculated 1974D copper cents; may show minor fingerprint marks.

 

Designs: “Up North Michigan” Bigfoot; Michigan lower peninsula “Great Lakes Unsalted”; Chief Wawatam; Mackinac Island ferries.

 

You will notice three coins from various locations featuring Bigfoot.  The Bigfoot craze is rather recent; he was not a factor in Michigan mythology when I was young (you were far more likley to hear about Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox).  I figure this type of legend is good for business, and like all legends someone has to make up the story before others can sell it.

 

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FORT FUDGE SHOP

 

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Located across from Fort Michilimackinac, and next to the separately-owned Fort Gift Shop & Candy Kitchen.  Complete set of 4, with backstamps.  Uncirculated 1974D copper cents; may show minor fingerprint marks.

 

Designs: Fort Michilimackinac blockhouse; Mackinaw Point lighthouse; U.S. Coast Guard ship Mackinaw; Mackinac Bridge.

 

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FORT GIFT SHOP & CANDY KITCHEN

 

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Located across from Fort Michilimackinac, and next to the independently-owned Fort Fudge Shop.  Entrances are on N. Louvigny and on Straits Avenue, making it easy to reach both “Fort”-named shops in a single stop.

 

Complete set of 4.  Uncirculated 1974D copper cents; may show minor fingerprint marks.

 

Designs: “North Michigan” Bigfoot; Fort Michilmackinac; Mackinac Bridge; Old Mackinaw Lighthouse.

 

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MAMA MIA’S PIZZA

 

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Complete set of 3 coins pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents.  The Pennycollector listing is being updated, but it was unclear whether there were three designs here or only one.

 

Above this location is a free museum about the contruction of the Mackinac Bridge and honoring the ironworkers who made it happen.

 

Designs: Grand Hotel; Mackinac Bridge; Mackinac Island horse-drawn carriage.  They roll a bit short, cutting off border dots but not the artwork.

 

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A CAT’S GRIN TOURIST TRAP

 

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A gift shop that proudly embraces the “tourist trap” label!  The machine has a Dime-n-Mine machine that produces an elongated dime.  This machine has been around forever, and it typically rolls short (as shown in the sample photo).  This is the only machine in the Mackinac region that rolls anything other than pennies.  Design: Mackinac Bridge.

 

Pressed on AU American dimes.

 

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MARSHALL’S FUDGE SHOP

 

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This fudge shop has a single-die machine.  Pressed on uncirculated 1974D copper penny; may have minor fingerprint marks.

 

Design: What else? Mackinac Bridge, without a backstamp. 

 

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MYSTERY TOWN USA

 

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This is one of the newer attractions in Mackinaw City.  Its 4-die machine has interesting designs that don’t feature the Mackinac Bridge! 

 

Designs: Bigfoot; alien; mermaid; Lock Ness-style monster. 

 

Pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents.

 

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O’BRIEN’S TREASURE CHEST GIFT SHOP

 

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The gift shop has a 4-die machine, and a backstamp that features the store’s identifying information. 

 

Designs: Mackinac Island ferry kicking up a roostertail; Mackinac Bridge; Ft. Michilimackinac; Mackinac Island horse-drawn carriage.

 

Pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents.

 

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CANDY CORNER/WINDJAMMER GIFT SHOP

 

Pressed on cleaned 1974D copper cents.

 

This shop has two machines, side-by-side.  A newer 4-die machine (set #MI64) features the Grand Hotel; Fort Michilimackinac; Mackinac Bridge; and Upper Peninsula map outline.  All coins from this machine include a backstamp with the store’s name.  These pennies tend to have minor fingerprint marks.

 

The second machine is a single-die machine that has been around for decades – and the rough surface of the pressed coins sure looks like it.  It has a map of Michigan on the front, and a backstamp with “Mackinaw City.” 

 

 

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PORT HURON KOA

 

The machine has been at this campground in Kimball Township for years, but – like many seasonal businesses – it’s not always easy to schedule a trip out there.  This is the only penny press in Michigan's Thumb region!  Designs: steam locomotive (probably honoring their miniature train ride); tent; cabin; cowboy boot and hat. Pressed on uncirculated copper cents.

 

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FORD ROUGE FACTORY TOUR

NEW DESIGNS IN 2019

Dearborn, Michigan

 

 

This new set of 4 designs replaced the long-standing set available from the Ford Rouge factory visitor center, which can be reached only from the Henry Ford Museum ($18 admission, in 2019 prices).  Designs: the new factory tour logo featuring an F-150 pickup truck, and three of the many car models that have been built at the Rouge factory: 1956 Thunderbird convertible; 1964-1/2 Mustang; and the current production model – Ford F-150 pickup truck (Raptor edition).  Pressed on uncirculated copper pre-1982 pennies.  Our set #MI10 is now retired. 

 

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OHIO

All Ohio coins pressed on uncirculated copper cents except Legoland Discovery Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMAGINATION STATION

Toledo, Ohio

 

Complete set of 4 from this science museum in Toledo.  Designs:

 

All coins press with a slightly odd tail and are not properly aligned (see photo for examples).  Designs: Gizmo (mascot); BOYO; “I’m an XTREME Scientist"; Hurricane Chamber.  All coins have a backstamp with the Imagination Station logo.

 

Pressed on uncirculated copper cents.

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YOUNG’S JERSEY DAIRY

Yellow Springs, Ohio

 

Complete set of 4 designs from this farming attraction.  Designs: sunrise and cow; Feed the Goats; tractor; ice cream cones.

 

Copper pennies.

 

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COLUMBUS POLICE ACADEMY

Columbus, Ohio

 

Complete set of 4 pennies pressed on copper from the Police Academy.  Designs: Columbus Division of Police with single badge; 200 Years – 1816-2016, with two badges; Columbus Ohio Division of Police with eagle flying in front of waving flag; large badge with Columbus Ohio Junior Police – Division A inside badge.  These coins all have a common backstamp, inscribed “a token of our friendship from the Columbus Division of Police.”

 

Copper pennies.

 

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OHIO STATEHOUSE (CAPITOL)

Columbus, Ohio

 

Complete set of 4 from the capitol’s gift shop.  Designs: capitol building; Ohio buckeye and cardinal; state seal; Ohio state flag.

 

Copper pennies.

 

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COSI OHIO

Columbus, Ohio

 

There are two machines at the science museum.  Buy each machine separately, or purchase the entire set of 8 at a discount.

 

Set #1: Albert Einstein; astronaut; dinosaur; Adventure in the Valley of the Unknown.

 

Set #2: DNA; telescope & space; beakers; Body Mind Spirit Life.

 

Copper pennies.

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LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

Columbus, Ohio

 

Complete set of 4 designs pressed on shiny zinc pennies supplied by the machine.  Copper cents are not available.

 

Designs: All say “LEGOLAND Discovery Center” without the Columbus location mentioned.  Characters: pizza delivery man; pilot waving; cowboy; woman holding two beakers.

 

 

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OLENTANGY CAVERNS

Delaware, Ohio

 

The gift shop has a single coin with an Indian chief.  All coins roll with a very long tail, as seen in the photo. 

 

Rolled on uncirculated copper cents.

 

 

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