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Mickey Rays Prototype, The first Disney pressed coin design.
The DN0001
"Mickey Rays Prototype"
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The DN0002
"Straw Hat Mickey"
The Fantasmic! DN0014 prototype pressed coin.
The DN0003
"Dated Straw Hat Mickey"
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The DN0014
"Fantasmic!"
DN0007 Pirates of the Caribbean prototype pressed penny
DN0007 Pirates of the
Caribbean prototype
pressed penny
DN0012 Main Street USA Locomotive prototype pressed penny.
DN0012 Main Street USA
Locomotive prototype
pressed penny.
Top Hat Mickey, DN0019 Penny Art Nickel, legendary
The DN0019
"Penny Art Mickey"
40 Years of Adventure DN0020 Penny Art Nickel, legendary.
The DN0020
"Penny Art 40th"
The Minnie Mouse DN0021 Penny Art Nickel, legendary.
The DN0021
"Penny Art Minnie"
The UBOC prototypes, if you are a collector, these coins are beautiful!
The DN0024
"UBOC Prototype"
The UBOC prototypes, if you are a collector, these coins are beautiful!
The DN0025
"UBOC Prototype"
The UBOC prototypes, if you are a collector, these coins are beautiful!
The DN0026
"UBOC Prototype"
The UBOC prototypes, if you are a collector, these coins are beautiful!
The DN0027
"UBOC Prototype"
Original DN0002 Straw Hat Mickey Mouse image courtesy of The N. Wooten Collection
All other images courtesy of A. & R. Hoff, the ParkPennies folks.

Above are some of my favorite, rarely seen, scarce, hard to find, "prototype" or "pattern" coins. They represent some of the most valuable coins from the Disneyland Resorts. Starting at the top row from left to right, The DN0001, "Mickey Mouse Rays", machine made by Centek Inc. Next, the very well known DN0002, "Straw Hat Mickey" or "Nifty Nineties Mickey", machine made by The Cimeter Group. Next, the very scarce DN0003, "Dated Straw Hat Mickey" or "Dated Nifty Nineties Mickey", machine also made by The Cimeter Group, completes the top row. The second row offers the DN0014, "Fantasmic!", DN0007 Pirates of the Caribbean, and the DN0012 Main Street USA Locomotive all by Eurolink Inc. The third row has a few favorites, The "Penny Art" nickels, DN0019, DN0020 and DN0021machine also by Eurolink Inc. The forth and fifth row showcase The Union Bank of California prototype pressed coin set, DN0024, DN0025, DN0026 and DN0027. (ParkPennies Reference Guide details for these coins may be viewed at the bottom of this page.)

Many Disneyana fans will see these coins as familiar in design to coins seen more often. However, side by side elongated coin comparisons reveal each is slightly different to their close cousins. For example, as you can see, the DN0001 looks a lot like a DL0001 also like a DL0005 or DL0007. yet it is has a grip bar to the right rather than the left and has an outlined image of Mickey Mouse etc. The DN0019-21 coins look much like other nickels yet their images (devices) are much smaller or "penny sized" and The Union Bank of California prototype set by itself, looks much like the on-stage Union Bank of California set. If of interest, you may view a close up comparison.



Scarce Elongated Coins
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On this page, we have gathered a sample of some legendary Disneyland elongated coins. Many collectors feel they are among the scarcest and / or most valuable of all Disney elongated coins. We hope new as well as long time collectors will enjoy viewing coins that are found only in a very few of the top Disney "pressed penny" collections. More can be viewed via our Disneyland Prototype Pressed Coins Guide.

The elongated coins pictured above are ten of the most talked about and sought after examples of Disney pressed coins known to us. Many of them were not discovered by "The Collecting World" or listed in our collection guides until years after they were first pressed. Since discovery, most all of these coins have proven themselves to be exceedingly hard to find and their market values generally confirm their scarcity. (We prefer to use the word scarce rather than rare when the total number of coins pressed is unknown.) Selling prices for some of these coins have exceeded a thousand dollars, with at least one exceeding three thousand dollars. For for a selection of other, less costly, easier to find Disneyland elongated coin collection sets, please visit the ParkPennies Collecting Ideas Index.

The images offered represent the shared efforts of many collectors over more than 20 years of Disneyland elongated coin hunting. Some of the contributing collectors are noted in the coin descriptions and or the Acknowledgments Page. We are indebted to the fellow collectors that have contributed their "discoveries" to this reference guide and invite anyone with a coin not already listed to contact us.

The folks here at ParkPennies, as you may know, have collected Disney elongated coins since about 1988 and participated in or negotiated in the pressed penny market since around 1993, when the internet first starting bringing collectors together in ever increasing numbers. Over the years, we have observed and participated in on-line auctions, private sales and kept price histories of sales we felt were significant. Because of this experience, occasionally, we are asked by coin dealers or collectors for auction value estimates or Disney elongated coin collection evaluations. These activities and observations are the basis of this article and the opinions stated. We hope you will enjoy our efforts and share this web site with other collectors and Disney fans.

Many Disneyland ® coins look alike and the small differences in these coins can also make for very different values. As long time collectors have noticed, sometimes coins that look much alike can have sale or auction prices thousands of dollars different. I can see the jaws of new collectors dropping as they read that "thousands of dollars different".   But, don’t be discouraged. Trading and sales of spare coins can help keep the cost of a collection affordable. Not to mention, as in most all collectibles, knowing the small differences that make the difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is a big advantage when you buy, sale or trade.

For your convenience in attributing similar coins, this web site offers the extensive ParkPennies.com Disneyland elongated coin guides, linked at the top of most pages, and a page of elongated coin variations with links to expanded detail pages. Together, they can help in identifying the small differences of similar Disneyland coins. Also, per your requests, we have added a frame option at the top right corner of most pages. With that option, three stationary, size-adjustable, adjacent windows or "frames" will hold three coins of your choice side by side for more accurate evaluation. You may click a coin in the first window, go to another catalog, click another coin in window two etc. Compare them side by side, print them or save their images to your desktop.

Related: ParkPennies.com article about The Cimeter Group, The Straw Hat Mickey Mouse prototype and The Mickey Mouse Rays prototype elongated coins.

The DN0001 Mickey Rays - Mickey Sunburst.  The First Disney pressed coin design DN0001 Mickey Rays / Mickey Sunburst The First Disney elongated coin design. Horizontal pressed penny image. DISNEYLAND ® , Classic outlined image of Mickey’s face "hollow outlined ears" with rays, © DISNEY dot border grip on right side. Earliest known Disney elongated coin type ever made. (Centek prototype.) This coin very similar in design to DL0001, DL0005, DL0007, and DL0019. Circa late 1985 to early 1986. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) This Disney coin was pressed from a prototype die designed for use in a machine type that preceded the first installed Disneyland penny presses, the Centek single play machines. Examples are known in only a few collections as of 2007. Die status is reported as open. Extremely scarce as of 2015. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3 or Giant Image.
Related: Mickey Rays pressed pennies page, scarce or rare Disneyland pressed pennies and our elongated coin comparison page.
The legendary DN0002 Nifty Nineties Mickey - Straw Hat MickeyDN0002 Nifty Nineties Mickey / Straw Hat Mickey Pressed Coin. Vertical pressed coin image. MICKEY MOUSE , Mickey Mouse in a 1890’s style suit, standing, full length, full face, head cocked to one side, tipping his straw hat with his left hand, dot border, DISNEYLAND ® , © 1986 THE WALT DISNEY CO. Per the machine owner, this die was made in November of 1986.No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) This Disney coin is often called the "Straw Hat Mickey" or "Nifty Nineties Mickey". Mickey Mouse is in 1890’s summer clothing, as in the 1941 Disney short, The Nifty Nineties. Interviews by Robert Hoff of ParkPennies.com with key people close to this prototype, suggest that Vance Fowler of The Cimeter Group hoped that an agreement covering this coin in a Cimeter machine would be received and accepted by Disneyland. David P., a relative and business partner eventually presented the DN0003. The DN0002 / DN0003 artwork is well executed in high relief. (For examples featuring the dates 1928 to the left of Mickey and 1988 to right, please refer to DN0003.) Examples pressed circa 1986-7 on both copper and zinc cents are known to exist and most likely number less than 10 in total. Die status has been reported as open by two trusted sources. Extremely scarce as of this 2015 update. Reported as held by only a few advanced collectors as of 2015. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Related: Our scarce or rare Disneyland pressed pennies and elongated coins page.
DN0003 Dated Nifty Nineties Mickey - Straw hat Mickey prototype pressed coin.DN0003 Dated Nifty Nineties Mickey / Straw hat Mickey Pressed Coin. Vertical pressed penny image. MICKEY MOUSE , 1928 Mickey Mouse in a 1890’s style suit, standing, full length, full face, head cocked to one side, tipping his straw hat with his left hand, 1988, DISNEYLAND ®, dot border, © 1988 THE WALT DISNEY CO. For examples without the dates 1928 to the left of Mickey and 1988 to the right, please refer to the DN0002. This die was engraved between 1987 and 1989. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Image courtesy of the N. Wooten collection. This Disney coin is often called the "Dated Straw Hat Mickey" or "Dated Nifty Nineties Mickey". Mickey Mouse is in 1890’s summer clothing, as in the 1941 Disney short, The Nifty Nineties. Interviews by Robert Hoff of ParkPennies.com with key people close to this prototype suggest that Vance Fowler of The Cimeter Group proposed this coin / machine to Disneyland Management via a California based relative working with him. However, negotiations broke down and the machine was never placed onstage. The artwork is well executed and done in high relief. (For examples without the dates 1928 to the left of Mickey and 1988 to right, please refer to DN0002.) In 2000, die status was reported to Robert Hoff of ParkPennies by a trusted knowledgeable source as lost / destroyed. Again in 2005 and 2012, this die was confirmed as lost / destroyed by the original owner / engraver. Known examples of this coin are scarce. In 2006, a picture of the left and right marquees from the original machine, each featuring a DN0003 was made public. A few additional examples are known. Extremely scarce. Possibly six examples known as of this update in 2015. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
DN0014 THE Fantasmic! prototype pressed pennyDN0014 THE Fantasmic! Prototype Pressed Penny. Horizontal pressed penny. FANTASMIC! in open letters and underlined by a lightening bolt. Stars arc over an outlined Sorcerer Mickey Mouse standing arms outstretched in lower right, Disneyland © , Enchanted Brooms from Fantasia dancing (appear to be flames) from left to right above a wire border. Circa early 1990's. Surely one of the most coveted Disneyland elongated coin prototypes. Not closely similar to any other elongated coin, prototype or onstage. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Probably one of the most famous and sought after Never-Neverland coins. Fantasmic! premiered (soft opening) in the Fall of 1991. Official start date of the show was Spring (March) 1992. Note that this coin has Disneyland © rather than the usual © DISNEY. Cast Member interviews by Robert Hoff of ParkPennies.com and other strong evidence support the opinion that this coin was offered from a single die machine and never on-stage. Per the best information available to us at the time of this report: Some non-native coin examples have been reported. Not closely similar to any other elongated coin, prototype or onstage. Die status is unknown. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Related: Our scarce or rare Disneyland pressed pennies and elongated coins page.
DN0007 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN prototype pressed coinDN0007 Pirates of the Caribbean prototype pressed coin. Vertical pressed penny. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, outlined bearded pirate wearing tri-corner hat, long coat and boots, holding a sword in his right hand and a pistol in his left hand, standing, full length, wide stance, PIRATES between pistol and sword, OF left, THE right, CARIBBEAN between and below boots, © DISNEY DISNEYLAND ®, dot border. NO "e". Our current guess is circa early 1990's. Not closely similar to any other elongated coin, prototype or onstage. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Cluttered artwork has been suggested as the reason this coin was never on-stage. Still it is one of my favorites. Very scarce in early years, around the turn of the century, several different denominational variations have been reported. However, still hard to find in 2015. Die status is unknown. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Picture of Disneyland Pressed penny or pennies, elongated coinsDisneyland "Penny Art" pressed nickels, an interesting, but, hard to find set. Interviews with Cast Members and related research by Robert Hoff of ParkPennies.com support the long held belief that these "Penny Art" dies were engraved as "penny-sized" coin dies in error. A Cast Member that was close to this project at the time, in the mid 1990's, stated that when these dies arrived they were tested in a machine set up for the first time to "intensionally" press nickels. :-) However, the smaller than expected penny-sized die images left an unacceptable blank space at the end of the rolled coin. So, corrected, dies with larger images were ordered before the machine was placed on-stage. The machine when placed onstage became the first Disney coin press in world to press nickels.
Per the best information available to us to date in 2015, less than a dozen "penny art" sets are believed to be in the hands of collectors. Reports of incomplete sets have been made and we do not believe an equal number of each coin in this set of three pressed nickels were made. Examples are also known to exist on non-native or off-denomination coins such as cents. Die status is unknown. Related: Our scarce or rare Disneyland pressed pennies and elongated coins page.
The Mickey Mouse "Pressed Penny Art" Nickel
DN0019 Vertical prototype elongated nickel image. DN0019 Top Hat Mickey Penny Art prototype vertical pressed nickel. Mickey, full length, in tux with top hat & cane, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. Similar to the DL0058, DL0058a and DN0019P. Die believed to have DN0019 Top Hat Mickey Penny Art prototype pressed penny.been engraved in early 1995.No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Open prototype elongated coin image in frame or window #1   2   3 or Giant Comparison image, or our comparison page.
DN0019P Top Hat Mickey Penny Art prototype vertical pressed penny. Mickey, full length, in tux with top hat & cane, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.)
This is an example of a scarce off-denomination or cent variation of the DN0019. It was pressed on the incorrectly cut DN0019 penny-sized nickel die. See also DN0019, DL0058 and DL0058a. Reported by and original image courtesy of The Mark Brown Collection. Open larger
The 40 Years of Adventure "Pressed Penny Art" Nickel
DN0020 40 Years of Adventure Penny Art prototype pressed nickel.DN0020 40 Years of Adventure Penny Art prototype. Horizontal pressed nickel. 40 YEARS OF ADVENTURES, © Disney, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. Similar to the DL0059 and DN0020P. Die believed to have been engraved in early 1995. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Open larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window #1   2   3 or Giant Comparison image, or our comparison page.
DN0020P 40 Years of Adventure Penny Art prototype pressed penny.DN0020P Horizontal prototype elongated penny image. Horizontal pressed penny. 40 YEARS OF ADVENTURES, © Disney, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.)
This is an example of a scarce off-denomination or cent variation of the DN0020. It was pressed on the incorrectly cut DN0020 penny-sized nickel die. See also DN0020 and DL0059. Reported by and original image courtesy of The Mark Brown Collection.
The Minnie Mouse "Pressed Penny Art" Nickel

DN0021 Minnie & purse Penny Art prototype pressed Nickel.DN0021 Minnie & Purse Penny Art prototype pressed nickel. Vertical pressed coin. Minnie, full length with purse, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. Similar to the DL0060, DL0060a and DN0021P. Die believed to have been engraved in early1995. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Open larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window #1   2   3 or Giant Comparison image, or our comparison page.
DN0021 Minnie & purse Penny Art prototype pressed penny.DN0021P Minnie & Purse Penny Art prototype pressed penny. Vertical pressed coin. Minnie, full length with purse, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND. Penny-sized image. No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.)
This is an example of a scarce off-denomination or cent variation of the DN0021. It was pressed by the incorrectly cut DN0021 penny-sized nickel die. See also DN0021, DL0060 and DL0060a.
Reported by and original image courtesy of The Mark Brown Collection.
The Union Bank of California pressed penny prototype set of coins were all pressed on a single four image die shaft. Each has a train image that is difficult to recognize. It did not even come close to meeting the high standards of the penny press company that was commissioned to engrave the dies and manufacture the machine. So, replacement dies DL0153-DL0156 were engraved which reduced the focal image to just the locomotive and tender while increasing the image size. The original ring die of four images, used to press the prototype set, was reported and later confirmed destroyed by the engraver / owner as well as a trusted source. The finished hand crank penny press machine, with the new, corrected dies held a place of honor in the UBOC Bank, Main Street, Disneyland for about two years where UBOC pennies could be pressed for free(!) Related: Our scarce or rare Disneyland pressed pennies and elongated coins page.
comparison of the prototype and onstage UBOC pressed coins.LEFT: Side by side comparison of the scarce DN0024 and common DL00153. (Click the thumbnail for a larger image.) As you can see there are many small details that separate these two coin types. Easiest to for me to identify is the banner at the bottom of the design that breaks through the beaded border on the Disneyland DL variety and stops short of the border on the prototype DN variety. All UBOC elongated pennies have no examples with backstamps are known.

Union Bank of California  Pressed Penny Set Detail UBOC Dot PlacementRIGHT: View DL0153 - DL0156 dot placement detail. (Same as DN0024-DN0027) The four coins vended by this four die hand crank penny press were all nearly identical, with the exception of an enlarged dot that was placed differently, sequentially, on each coin in the set. Click the image above to open a larger image with greater detail. (Yes, a small detail for some, a giant detail for ParkPennies.com. :-)
DN0024 UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIADN0024 Union Bank of California "UBOC" prototype pressed coin. Horizontal pressed penny. DISNEYLAND ® Weak image of train, UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA banner ribbons are inside lower part of the dot border. The initial E is above the grip slot and the initial P below. (Paradise Engraving) The forth dot to the right of the initial P is larger than the first3 dots. No " © DISNEY". No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Circa late 2000. Similar to the DL0153. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
DN0025 UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIADN0025 Union Bank of California "UBOC" prototype pressed coin. Horizontal pressed penny. DISNEYLAND ® Weak image of train, UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA banner ribbons are inside lower part of the dot border. The initial E is above the grip slot and the initial P below. (Paradise Engraving) The third dot to the right of the initial P is larger than the first2 dots. No " © DISNEY". No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Circa late 2000. Similar to the DL0154. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
DN0026 UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIADN0026 Union Bank of California "UBOC" prototype pressed coin. Horizontal pressed penny. DISNEYLAND ® Weak image of train, UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA banner ribbons are inside lower part of the dot border. The initial E is above the grip slot and the initial P below. (Paradise Engraving) The second dot to the right of the initial P is larger than the first dot. No " © DISNEY". No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Circa late 2000. Similar to the DL0155. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3
DN0027 UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIADN0027 Union Bank of California "UBOC" prototype pressed coin. Horizontal pressed coin. DISNEYLAND ® Weak image of train, UNION BANK OF CALIFORNIA banner ribbons are inside lower part of the dot border. The initial E is above the grip slot and the initial P below. (Paradise Engraving) The first dot to the right of the initial P is larger than the next3 dots. No " © DISNEY". No backstamped examples known. (No Disney elongated coins pressed before 2004 are known to have backstamps.) Circa late 2000. Similar to the DL0156. Larger prototype elongated coin image in frame or window # 1   2   3 UBOC Onstage pressed penny example
RIGHT: The DL0156 onstage Union Bank of California pressed penny. An example of the coin that was pressed onstage. The coin pictured was pressed using a pre 1982 solid copper cent. However, the free pennies that were given out to the public were new, copper plated zinc cents. Holders that held the pressed coins, about the size of a business card, were also offered to some guests.
Related: See all the UBOC onstage pressed pennies pictured in the Disneyland pressed penny guide.