Thank you so much for this insightful topic. Funny how I was not even a thought back then, I truly feel some sorrow that President McKinley had his life taken in this way. I would love to find one of those flattened cents. That was an amazing idea to come up with. It makes the history more tangible for sure.
How much squash could a Sasquatch squash if a Sasquatch would squash squash?
This is but one of many reasons that coins were stamped, to commemorate and remember an historic event and/or honor the memory of an admired individual. The beauty of these mangled coins lies in the history they convey.