Early Prototype Reverse On An Early DL0251
This pressed penny prototype reverse or backstamp guide features examples of Disneyland Neverland "backstamps", "reverses" or "mules". These are "prototype" reverses that were never offered to the public. Most examples are early experimental art and design. To the side of this article is a DL0251 Main Street USA elongated coin, the world's first Disney elongated coin to offer a backstamp. However, the example shown is not at all like the backstamp that was ultimately offered to Disneyland elongated coin collectors. And it was pressed on a steel cent, instead of the nickel coin that was ultimately the denomination offered publicly. Possibly, before its release, the machine was scheduled as a penny press? All conjecture, but, fun to wonder what place the prototype elongated coins and prototype backstamps have in the history and development of the first pressed pennies and backstamps at any Disney park.
DISNEYLAND no ®
REVERSE (inverted) in a "dot matrix" style of print; repeated four times. Steel cent variation of DL0251 shown.
Image courtesy of the N. Wooten Collection.
In keeping with the Disney tradition of providing a better quality souvenir, in 2004, Disneyland introduced the DL0251 back stamped nickel. With this introduction, Disneyland became the first Disney Park to ever offer two sided elongated coins, also known as "Mules". This coin appears to be evidence of early experiments with varied "back dies", "back shafts" or "backstamp" engravings with its DL0251DNR reverse. Given the obverse design was onstage and that the backstamp had never been onstage, it qualified for listing here as a prototype backstamp. DISNEYLAND No ® DL0251
REVERSE Zoom or Compare in window # 123 Yes, better image needed.
The Disneyland 60th Anniversary pressed coins were a big hit. The Disneyland website promoted them heavily and many publicity shots were shared. Of interest, early images showed the backstamp to the left, with the bottom of the "D" above the dotted border. Later images and the actual coins featured the bottom of the "D" in the dot border. Both coins shown here are pressed quarters. Given the obverse design was onstage and that the backstamp had never been onstage, it qualified for listing here as a prototype backstamp. My apologies for the small images. We are hopeful that larger images will be found. If you have an image to share, please contact us.
The Critter Country Prototype Reverse
The Critter Country backstamp pictured here is otherwise much like the DL0553-555 / DL0562-564 backstamp pictured at the right sans the no "Disneyland ® RESORT" bottom line engraving. Reported to ParkPennies in 2021, years after its probable creation in late 2013 and only known as a DL0553-555 backstamp to date. Reportedly the coin had been acquired as part of a box lot of unorganized pressed coins and related items offered for sale from a garage in Southern California. When I first saw this unusual backstamp it reminded me of the scarce DL0468-470 Pirates of the Caribbean pressed coin backstamp. Given the obverse design was onstage and that the backstamp had never been onstage, it qualified for listing here as a prototype backstamp.
The Prototype / Error DS0008 Reverse
DN-R-DS0008r Electro Mechanical
Never Issued Reverse. DS0008DNr Horizontal pressed nickel backstamp or reverse. MERRY CHRISTMAS in script, KEN, GEORGE, EVERETT,
KATHIE, GLENN, ROB, BOYD, DAVID, JEFF, RODELIO,
LAURA, DANNY, STEPH, ROGER in
animation block typeface, FROM ALL OF US.
Note: This elongated coin die combination, obverse / reverse, is listed as a prototype vs. test roll / Neverland backstamp because the coin would have been issued as engraved if not for the needed last minute addition of names. We do not feel this backstamp was experimental, a test, or a "progressive pressing". View updated DS0008DNr backstamp including Mike and Rod.
NOTE: Please do not view this guide as complete. Prototype coins are few and far between, often not discovered by collectors until long after their creation. If you have one not listed, please contact us. We'd love to credit your find and add its image to this guide.
NOTE: You may have noticed that because backstamp "dies" and coin dies are different in many ways, they are treated differently here at ParkPennies. Guides confirm that unlike coin dies, backstamp “dies” often share a single design / artwork "type" pressed onto the reverse of many different elongated coins. When these backstamp "dies" are compared to others of the same design "type", often there are slight differences as each is etched or engraved individually. To mix things up even more, it is possible for a set of three nearly identical backstamp "dies" engraved on a back shaft and paired with particular coin dies, to be accidentally or intentionally rotated when the penny press mechanism is serviced or repaired. And even more permutations are introduced if a replacement back shaft is installed with facsimiles of the original backstamp engravings. Lastly, backstamp engravings are also prone to change in appearance over time as they wear, "sink" etc., which can add variations to the same back stamp engravings over time. As you can see, these backstamp characteristics could make for a lot of “different” backstamps of the same design "type".
Therefore, our guide attributions give small design variations or changes less weight when observed in backstamp "dies" vs. obverse coin dies. A good example would be the many 50th Anniversary backstamps. There are as many individual backstamp "dies" or engravings as there are coins in the 50th set, each with slight variances in placement, depth, and texture. Yet all share the same artwork / design, i.e. without intentional differences in design, and are considered one “generic type” for the purposes of listing in this guide.