Disney's First Pressed Penny
Collecting Book in the World!
Souvenir Penny Collector Book, First Edition, Limited Edition DL0146 coin in cover.
Actual size approximately 10" x 6". Holds up to 36 pressed pennies and six elongated quarters inside with a
center pocket on the back of the closed book which could be used for a penny map, fastpass, business card...
The First, original Disney Pressed Penny Book was placed onstage on-stage August 1, 2000 at the original Disneyland park. Price for the book, featuring an exclusive limited edition pressed coin in the cover, $7.00. It was a bargain, especially given that the coin was offered only with the purchase of the book.
The book was discontinued and taken offstage around August 15, 2000, much to the horror of many Disney pressed coin collectors. A while later, the remaining books were offered to Cast Members at Company D for $3.50 each. Those were the days! (Sales receipts Emporium & Company D).
As new collectors commonly seek
one book for display and one more book to supply the DL0146 coin for their collection,
books have become harder and harder to find.
From 2005 to 2014, book sale / auction prices have often ranged between
$50-100.00 as the books have become scarcer and scarcer.
The DL0146 45th Anniversary Pressed Penny.
Exclusively engraved for this book.
The Disneyland First Edition
Souvenir Penny Collector Book
Above is a picture of the first type of Souvenir Penny Collector book ever offered at any Disney Resort. To date, it is also the only on-stage Disney pressed penny book to feature a real pressed penny in the cover. This handy pressed penny collection wallet was received very well by collectors. Often collectors wanted one book for their book collection and a second book to sacrifice for the exclusive special edition coin, a particularly prized addition for their pressed penny collection.
The souvenir pressed penny book had some neat features not seen today. One was an elongated coin in the cover or did I already mention that? Another was the large pocket as pictured in the center of the top picture. Some have suggested that the pocket was for a penny machine map, a machine location listing or to hold park Fast Passes? We'll never know for sure, a design error (unnoticed by many) reportedly removed this historic Disneyland pressed penny book from the park. However, a growing wave of pressed penny collecting books have followed. Matter of fact, today most all Disneyland Resorts have offered a variety of them. None with an elongated coin in the cover of course, but, who would notice?
Although many very nice, collectable souvenir pressed penny books have followed, as of 2018, The 1st Edition Souvenir Penny Collector Book is the only Disney penny collecting book to offer a key feature, a real elongated coin in the cover. Did I mention that before? You know, I really liked that feature! True, a few penny collecting books offered at Tokyo Disneyland have had a simulated medal souvenir in the cover and Walt Disney World offered a book for pressed pennies with a punched metal silhouette of Mickey Mouse in the cover. But no books with real elongated coins are known to this date, save The First Edition pressed penny collector book.
Brilliant uncirculated solid copper cents were pressed for the manufacturer by Eurolink Design Inc.. The elongated coins were coated with a protective "lacquer" sealer before placing them under a clear plastic window on the book cover. (The windowed pressed coin in the cover of the penny collecting book is a patented feature offered only by Lodestar® which we are told later became a part of CTM, PennyCollector.com.) The protective "lacquer" often has a brown, mottled appearance and can easily be mistaken for tarnish.
First on-stage August 1, 2000 embedded in the front
cover of Disneyland Souvenir Penny Collector Book, First Edition, also known as The First Edition Penny Book. Books were first sold at the
Emporium and later also from trays atop some penny presses. Removed from sale on about August 15, 2000. Reportedly, a design flaw kept the books from closing properly when filled with coins. Knowledgeable sources confirmed that 5000
were made. Of the 5000, about 2500 were delivered to Disneyland. Reports stated about 1500 sold for
$7.00 in the Park and about 1000 were sold through various Disney outlets and
Cast Member stores at $3.50 each. (Those were the days!) 2500 assumed
destroyed. Rumors have suggested that there may have been a dispute over ownership of this #DLP0137 die. Coin die status is was believed to be open after book issue, but, may have been canceled / destroyed since then. The Disneyland Penny Collector books guide had images of penny collecting books that followed this classic collector book. The first of them arrived soon after the First Edition book was taken off stage. Sadly, to date not a single onstage penny book has featured a pressed penny in the cover, much less a limited edition pressed penny.
The 1st Edition Souvenir Penny Book that held the DL0146 was also the very first pressed penny book offered at any Disney Resort. It featured that cool iconic elongated coin in the cover! (Coins displayed separately here were removed cleaned to remove the tinted protective finish and reveal the smooth. bright, solid copper coin beneath. )
View a picture of The Disneyland Souvenir Penny Collector First
Edition Book that held the DL0146. It was also the very first pressed penny book offered at any Disney park and featured that cool elongated coin in the cover! (Coins displayed separately were cleaned to remove the tinted protective finish and reveal the smooth. bright, solid copper coin beneath. ) Close-up 1st Edition Souvenir Penny Book page.