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Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pressed Nickel
Guide Numbers DL0076 / DL0225,
DL0058 / DL0058a and DL0060 / DL0060a
Disneyland Park Pressed Nickels
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Mickey and Minnie Disneyland Pressed, Elongated Nickels
Guide Numbers DL0076/DL0225, DL0058/DL0058a and DL0060/DL0060a


Pressed coin picture are often worth a thousand words. The pictures above of four Mickey Mouse elongated nickels, two Minnie Mouse elongated nickel, and the guide sections below speak to the slight differences between these coins. Nickels are my favorite Disney elongated coins. They were first introduced by Disney at the Disneyland Resort in 1995. Soon after the Disneyland Resort Seasonal Nickels collection debuted. However, as of 2012, Disney elongated nickels are still only available at the Original Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California. Needless to say, when they match my favorite pressed coin with a special hard to find set like the DL0058a, DL0060a and DL0225... Well, gotta write a page!

If you have an interest, some rambling about this set follows with the hope that others will avoid the mistake made by these two "unknown collectors".

As advanced collectors know, the machine was on stage for years with the original DL0058, DL0076, and DL0060 set of nickels. Then it seems age took it's toll. To improve the reliability of the nickel press, the grippers were redone. At the same time, additional, more significant changes were made to the aging, engraved DL0076 die image.

When the machine returned, the marquee and coins appeared the same and the machine was rolling a bit short. A collector and his daughter, who will remain anonymous so as not to embarrass myself or my daughter, saw the short rolls from what appeared to be an old, "everyone has that set machine". They quickly advised the cashier who was kind enough to mark the machine out of order and call in a repair request. The collectors returned to the park a few times over the next three or four days only to find the machine marked "out of order" or still pressing short. Then, while placing the coins in our, I mean "their" trades box, it was noted that the coins had changed. A trip to the park the next morning noted the machine was off-stage, presumably for repair or adjustment. That die set never returned. A poll of fellow collectors at the time found that the machine had been seen, but, ignored as it appeared to offer the original set of coins. Sad penny

All three coins are very hard to find, but, it is probable that park guests pressed these coins over those few days and to this day do not know the coins they pressed are a very limited issue. Checking auctions, garage sales and small casual collections of coins pressed at the time could uncover one of these little treasures.

Happy Collecting,
Boomer

Picture of Disneyland Pressed penny or pennies, elongated coinsTop Hat Mickey elongated nickel attribution of the DL0058, DL0058a onstage coins vs. the DN0019 prototype can be difficult at first. (As if finding examples of each isn't?) This guide entry offers some of the notes and references I hope will be of use to fellow collectors. As shown by the images, the DL0058 is the original state of the die, the DL0058a is the same die with a modified coin grip, and the DN0019 is the original prototype, a die that was cut "penny-sized". Many DL0058's were pressed at the park, few DL0058a's and the only DN0019 known to us were test rolls, very scarce. As in most guide descriptions, click on the images to see larger scans or detail pages. Images can be held in most browsers via opening new "tabs" or using the ParkPennies.com "Frames" option at the top right corner of this page.

DL0058 Retired Top Hat Mickey Pressed Nickel or elongated coin image. Mickey Mouse in tux with top hat and cane, full length, facing right, © DISNEY, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND Full size image, dot border. Similar artwork to the very scarce DN0019 smaller image "Penny Art" version and the hard to find enlarged coin grip DL0058a. First on-stage March 1995. The die returned from seasonal rotation as the larger grip DL0058a on February 12, 2004. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "A". Exchanged annually during Holiday Season with "Seasonal Nickels". Larger pressed penny image in frame or window # 1   2   3

DL0058a Retired Top Hat Mickey Pressed Nickel DL0058a Retired Top Hat Mickey Pressed Nickel is from the same die as the DL0058, except it is a coin pressed after the modification of the coin grip which was made larger and higher / deeper than the DL0058's. First on-stage February 12, 2004. Removed from stage February 16, 2004. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "A". The DL0058a, DL0060a, and DL0225 were onstage for only a few days, during which, the machine was pressing "short" and stickered out of order most of the time. The machine had been off stage for maintenance in 2004 and when it returned, the few collectors that noted its return believed that the coins were still unchanged since their debut in 1995. Only after the machine was taken off stage for the last time, a few days later, were the coin changes noted. Therefore, the DL0058a, DL0060a, and DL0225 are unusually scarce for onstage coins. Larger pressed penny image in frame or window # 1   2   3

Detail comparison
of the nickel-sized (full-sized) DL0058 / DL0058A elongated nickel vs. the scarce DN0019 prototype pressed nickel with a smaller or "Penny Art" sized image. The easiest way to identify these coins is by the larger margins on a nicely pressed small image DN0019. Wide margins are only apparent on a DL0058 if it is "pressed long".

Conversations over the years 1999 to 2005 with the manager and also a long time Cast Member associated with the kraft that was in charge the penny presses at the time, confirmed to Robert Hoff, of www.ParkPennies.com, that the dies were originally ordered and intended to press "nickel-sized" coins. However, possibly because these were the first nickel-sized dies ever ordered by Disney, they were engraved "penny-size" in error. When coins were pressed, their images were found to be too small. The dies were replaced before the machine was placed onstage.
DL0058 vs. DL0058a Detail Page
DL0058 vs. DL0058a
Penny & Nickel Sized
pressed coin Detail Page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs. DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225 Detail page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs.
DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225
Detail page
DL0059 Retired 40 Years Anniversary Pressed Nickel elongated coin image. DL0059 Retired 40 Years Anniversary Pressed Nickel elongated coin image. 40 YEARS OF ADVENTURES, © DISNEY, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND Full size image. See also the very scarce "Penny Art" DN0020. First on-stage March 1995. Retired in November 1995. Replaced by DL0076. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "B". So we walked up to the machine with my daughter of 10, and she says "Let's press more than two?!" and I say "What could we do with more than two?". So, now I remember that day with my twenty-something daughter and I know that one day, today will also be many years in the past... So, we often press pennies at the park, together. What a great hobby.:-) Larger pressed penny image in frame or window # 1 2 3

Detail comparison
of the nickel-sized (full-sized) DL0059 elongated nickel vs. the scarce DN0020 prototype pressed nickel with a smaller or "Penny Art" sized image. The easiest way to identify these coins is by the larger margins on a nicely pressed small image DN0020. Wide margins are only apparent on a DL0059 if it is "pressed long".

Conversations over the years 1999 to 2005 with the manager and also a long time Cast Member associated with the kraft that was in charge the penny presses at the time, confirmed to Robert Hoff, of www.ParkPennies.com, that the dies were originally ordered and intended to press "nickel-sized" coins. However, possibly because these were the first nickel-sized dies ever ordered by Disney, they were engraved "penny-size" in error. When coins were pressed, their images were found to be too small. The dies were replaced before the machine was placed onstage.
DL0059 vs. DN0020 Penny Art Pressed Nickel Detail Page
DL0059 vs. DN0020
Penny & Nickel Sized
pressed coin Detail Page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs. DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225 Detail page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs.
DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225
Detail page
DL0060 Retired Minnie Mouse Pressed Nickel elongated coin image. The Minnie Mouse with purse elongated nickel attribution, the DL0060, DL0060a onstage coins vs. the DN0021 prototype, can be a challenge without images / examples to compare them with the other similar elongated nickels. As with the DL0058 guide entry, this guide entry offers some of the notes and references I hope will be of use to fellow collectors that want to confirm a find. As shown by the images, the DL0060 is the original state of the die, the DL0060a is the same die with a modified coin grip, and the DN0021 is the original prototype, a die that was cut "penny-sized". Many DL0060's were pressed at the park, few DL0060a's and the only DN0021's known to us were test rolls, very scarce. As in most guide descriptions, click on the images to see larger scans or detail pages. Images can be held in most browsers via opening new "tabs" or using the ParkPennies.com "Frames" option at the top right corner of this page.

DL0060 Retired Minnie Mouse Pressed Nickel elongated coin image. Minnie Mouse with purse, full length, facing left, © DISNEY, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND, dot border. Full size image. Similar to the scarce "Penny Art" DN0021 and the hard to find enlarged coin grip DL0060a. First on-stage March 1995. The die returned from seasonal rotation as the larger grip DL0060a on February 12, 2004. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "A". Exchanged annually during Holiday Season with "Seasonal Nickels". Larger pressed nickel image in frame or window # 1   2   3

DL0060a Retired Minnie Mouse Pressed NickelDL0060a Retired Minnie Mouse Pressed Nickel is from the same die as the DL0060, except it is a coin pressed after the modification of the coin grip which made larger and higher / deeper than the DL0060's. First on-stage February 12, 2004. Removed from stage February 16, 2004. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "C". Exchanged annually during Holiday Season with "Seasonal Nickels". See also DN0021 and the Nickel comparison page.< Larger pressed nickel image in frame or window # 1   2   3

Detail comparison
of the nickel-sized (full-sized) DL0060 / DL0060A elongated nickel vs. the scarce DN0021 prototype pressed nickel with a smaller or "Penny Art" sized image. The easiest way to identify these coins is by the larger margins on a nicely pressed small image DN0021. Wide margins are only apparent on a DL0060 if it is "pressed long".

Conversations over the years 1999 to 2005 with the manager and also a long time Cast Member associated with the kraft that was in charge the penny presses at the time, confirmed to Robert Hoff, of www.ParkPennies.com, that the dies were originally ordered and intended to press "nickel-sized" coins. However, possibly because these were the first nickel-sized dies ever ordered by Disney, they were engraved "penny-size" in error. When coins were pressed, their images were found to be too small. The dies were replaced before the machine was placed onstage.
DL0060 vs. DN0021 comparison page
DL0060 vs. DN0021
Penny & Nickel Sized
pressed coin detail page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs. DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225 Detail page
DL0058, DL0060, DL0076 vs.
DL0058A, DL0060A, DL0225
Detail page
DL0076 RETIRED Mickey Mouse rays pressed nickel.DL0076 Retired Mickey Mouse rays pressed nickel. MICKEY MOUSE, Mickey Mouse portrait with rays, ©DISNEY, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND®, Standard coin gripper, EARS ARE CONVEX, classic bead or dot border. First on-stage January 1996. Removed from stage in November 2003, and returned as the now scarce DL0225 by February 12, 2004.
Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "B". Exchanged annually during Holiday Season with "Seasonal Nickels" Replaced the DL0059.

DL0225 Retired Mickey Mouse Rays pressed nickel image.For Comparison the DL0225 Horizontal elongated nickel image. MICKEY MOUSE, Mickey Mouse head with rays, © DISNEY, "e" for Eurolink Design Corporation replaces the dot nearest the center of the gripper slot, DISNEYLAND ® Standard Grip EARS CONVEX, dot border. First on-stage January 1996 replacing the DL0059 40th Anniversary nickel. This die was taken off stage for the normal annual rotation with the Seasonal Nickel set in November of 2003 and returned on February 12, 2004 with a remake as the very scarce DL0225. Located at The Main Street Penny Arcade, button "B". Larger pressed nickel image in frame or window # 1  2  3

Please see also: Detail comparison of the DL0058, DL0060 and DL0076 nickel set vs. the DL0058A, DL0060A, and DL0225 nickel set.