Pressed Penny Coin Collecting Musings...
Hopefully, this collection of quips, mostly edited from past articles, will offer a tip or odd bit of interest. :-)
The fun "pressed penny" collections above illustrate some the ways people all over the world enjoy the wonderful, fast growing hobby of collecting Disney pressed pennies. We are happy to welcome you to ParkPennies.com and hope you'll find our guides and news pages of value in obtaining your personal pressed penny collecting goals.
The elongated coin collection index above is meant to help you explore the ParkPennies resources. The sample Disneyland pressed penny / elongated coin images are links to a variety of ways to collect Disneyland elongated coins.
All are linked to "Disneyland" elongated coin collections, e. g. Disneyland Anaheim pressed penny collections, Disneyland Tokyo "pressed penny" collections, Disneyland Hong Kong "pressed penny" collections, and Disneyland Resort Paris pressed penny collections. Some links open to separate collections, sub-collections, or collector guides. To view a collection, just click on the coin. There are Disneyland penny press collections for most any budget... small, large, easy as well as complicated sets. Choose the size and type of collection you’d like to build. Each and every one can be a lot of fun to collect. Be warned. You may ultimately chose to collect them all. ;-)
"The complete collection of all known Disneyland coins" is represented by all the links above and contains thousands of coins. However, most people do not collect all the known coins, at least at first. :-) There are several fun and easy sub-sets to make starting a collection easy. For instance, the Lands pressed penny set pictured to the right or the Disneyland pressed dimes set that currently contains a total of only nine coins, with a total value of only a few dollars. And, at the time of this writing, you can collect six of the dimes in the collection from two on-stage machines for less than $6.00... if you press them while they are still available onstage. Of course, to press most Disneyland elongated coins you must also pay admission. But, not when you collect the coins listed in the DR Disneyland Hotels and Downtown Disney guide. Those coins are from locations near free parking and are accessible without paying admission! Yes, collecting Disneyland pressed coins can be a wonderful hobby for most any age or budget. :-) The key is not to delay starting your collection. Once the coins are retired, they can get to be hard to find and or costly. Coins that are retired or were never onstage, can have values of over a thousand dollars each. But, most Disneyland pressed pennies are only 51 cents while they are vended from machines still accessible at the park.
When the folks at ParkPennies started collecting Disneyland "pressed coins" in the late 1980’s, (Yes, last century. :-) there was only one "Disneyland" Park The Original Disneyland, USA and it offered only a few penny press machines. In 1996, the second Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disneyland, introduced elongated pressed medal souvenirs and we began the TDL Tokyo Disneyland Resort Medals Guides which are now a well-traveled part of this site. Then, in 2005, we welcomed a third Disneyland Resort when Hong Kong Disneyland opened and we began The Hong Kong Magical Coins Guide. Most recently, in 2006, we added The Disneyland Resort Paris Guide. But, wait! There's more :-)... We are currently waiting for the open of yet another Disney Resort in Shanghai!
Where are the Walt Disney World pressed pennies? As many readers will remember, in 1992, Walt Disney World became the second Disney park to have penny machines placed onstage. Their first penny machine, a four play / four coin choice electric penny press machine at Walt Disney World was a big hit. Many, many more penny presses followed. (Some WDW literature has stated that 1994 was the year of their first penny press. Opinions can differ.) But, WDW Magic Kingdom is not WDW Disneyland and therefore not in our Disneyland guides. That was a lucky break for us as we are barely able to keep up as it is! There have been a LOT of elongated coins issued by the Magic Kingdom and the WDW Resort. We don't offer a guide to WDW elongated coins. However we do offer links to WDW penny collecting resources as well as links to sites that specialize on WDW pressed coins on our WDW pressed pennies page.
To further explore the art of digression... :-) Let me add that new Disney Resorts or "Gates" like Disney California Adventure can provide an excellent opportunity for collectors. Because the sooner a collection at a particular park is started relative to the park's opening day, the easier it is to "get caught up" and keep a collection current. Recently issued coins can often be pressed, purchased, or traded for based on a cost that might not ever be seen again, like 51 cents each! It's also often a great time to build a trading partnership with fellow collectors that may want to trade coins from their local park for coins available to you. Matter of fact, as you read our posts on the various park news pages here, you'll see credits to fellow collectors half way around the world... Often times, the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, The Disneyland Paris Resort, and The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort news updates are courtesy of fellow pressed penny collectors living near those locations. Needless to say, collecting Disney elongated coins can make a large world filled with strangers, friendly. What a great hobby.
You know, it seems there are more and more choices for collectors every year. For some, the coins of choice are sets like the Disneyland Seasonal or Holiday pressed nickels, maybe The Nightmare Before Christmas collection, or the coins from smaller newer Disney parks. The planchets used in Japan and China make really nice elongated souvenir collections too. For others, maybe the purists, there is only one Disneyland, the Anaheim park, and they want to press their own, real coins. This author’s choice? Gotta have them all!
Boomer and the folks at ParkPennies.com
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Pressed Penny Collection Index in PDF
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