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Tokyo Disneyland ® Resort
Prototype, Cast Member & Special Event
Pressed Penny Medals
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The first Resort prototype coin, the TDRP01. This coin is way hard to find, but you can see it here at ParkPennies!.

Tokyo Disneyland Resort prototype and Cast Member only medals! Often the most sought after, scarcest souvenirs of most any Disneyland pressed penny, elongated coin, or medal collection. How they relate to a compete collection of all Disneyland Parks elongated souvenirs is shown on the ParkPennies.com Disneyland Pressed Penny Collections page. A Tokyo Disneyland Medal Collection Outline is available as well as links to the TDL, TDR and TDS Tokyo Disneyland Guides above.

Although these Tokyo Disneyland Resort medal souvenirs are often referred to as "pressed pennies", "pressed nickels" and even "elongated coins" by some collectors, no coins were injured in their production. Tokyo Disneyland Resort Souvenir Medals are made by pressing vended planchets, flans, disks, blanks or slugs. The blank medal planchets, which are held inside the penny press, and then pressed to order for the collector.

The metal disks are about the size of a US nickel or Euro five-cent piece. In the park, to this date, only two kinds of blanks have been used. (Although non-native planchet examples are known and often prized by advanced collectors, they are not currently listed in the guides.) One standard type planchet or blank is made of solid, bare copper and the other standard type is also solid copper with a chrome or nickel plating. In Japan, some collectors call them by the names of "penny" and "nickel" because of their color, maybe also because of the nostalgia of US pressed coins, but not because real US coins actually used to make these amazing pressed souvenirs.

 
The Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Prototype Pressed Pennies

Extremely Scarce
Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Penny Picture
Tokyo Disneyland Resort Prototype Pressed Penny Guide No. TDRP01

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(Horizontal image) DISNEY AMBASSADOR HOTEL ® , lettering in rectangular box, © DISNEY, no border, very simple design.
This coin has been reported as a "nickel" as well as "penny". Samples are scarce. Never known to have been onstage at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Penny Picture
Tokyo Disneyland Resort Prototype Pressed Penny Guide No. TDRP02
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(Vertical image) DISNEY AMBASSADOR HOTEL ® , Bellhop Mickey Mouse head facing right, aircraft above Mickey’s head, © DISNEY, dot border.
This coin has been reported as a "nickel" as well as "penny". Samples are scarce. Never known to have been onstage at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.
Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Penny Picture
Tokyo Disneyland Resort Prototype Pressed Penny Guide No. TDRP03
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(Horizontal image) DISNEY AMBASSADOR HOTEL ® , Bellhop Mickey Mouse with luggage on left, streamlined 1930’s Dryefus style steam engine on right, © Disney, dot border.
This coin has been reported as a "nickel" as well as "penny". Samples are scarce. Never known to have been onstage at Tokyo Disneyland Resort.

 
The Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Cast Member Only Pressed Pennies

Scarce
Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Penny Picture
Tokyo Disneyland Resort Cast Member Exclusive Mickey Pressed Penny Guide No. TCM0001

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(Vertical image) CAST MEMBER EXCLUSIVE, Mickey with Disneyland castle in the background, © DISNEY, partial border.
Based on reports from Kuniaki Hiraki's Cast Member friends in Japan, this was one of the first two Tokyo Disneyland Cast Member Exclusive pressed pennies ever offered. Issued in early in October of 2011, via a single die penny press, kept backstage in a Cast Member Shop near Tokyo DisneySea and not accessible to regular guests of the park. A second Cast Member Exclusive coin, Oswald TCM0002, was offered at the same time in another single die penny press at a Cast Member only shop near Tokyo Disneyland.
Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Penny Picture
Tokyo Disneyland Resort Cast Member Exclusive Oswald Pressed Penny Guide No. TCM0002

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(Vertical image) CAST MEMBER EXCLUSIVE, Oswald the Rabbit with Disneyland castle in the background, © DISNEY, partial border.
Based on reports from Kuniaki Hiraki's Cast Member friends in Japan, this was one of the first two Tokyo Disneyland Cast Member Exclusive pressed pennies ever offered. Issued in early in October of 2011, via a single die penny press, kept backstage in a Cast Member only shop near Tokyo Disneyland and not accessible to regular guests of the park. A second Cast Member Exclusive coin, Mickey TCM0001, was offered at the same time in another single die penny press at a Cast Member only shop near Tokyo DisneySea.
 
The Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Special Event Pressed Pennies

Very Scarce
Tokyo Disneyland Skull Island pressed coin from 2012 says:  Look for the skull by the water
Skull Island Pressed Coin from 2012
"Look for the skull by the water"
Tokyo Disneyland Pirate Flag pressed coin from 2013  says: Read the writing on the lighted room
Pirate Flag Pressed Coin From 2013
"Read the writing on the lighted room"

This information about the coins shown above is from a friend of the hobby in Japan.

"The skull island coin says "Look for the skull by the water."

"The Flag coin says "Read the writing on the lighted room."

Captain Hook's Treasure Hunt was a special attraction exclusive to those staying in the Peter Pan Room at Disneyland Hotel during a limited period of time (some time between January and March in 2012 and 2013).
According to this blog, as soon as you enter the room, you'll find a locked treasure box with an instruction sheet at the bedside. Click to see photos of the room:
http://blog.livedoor.jp/kao2dis/archives/23333211.html . (A translation option will appear with some browsers.)
At the front desk, they'll hand you a crossword puzzle. Then you go around all over the hotel searching for answers. They let you know the whole thing will take about 2 hours to solve. When you solve the crossword puzzle, you'll come up with the numbers to unlock the combination lock on the treasure box by your bedside. Inside the treasure box, you'll find a plain coin and an instruction telling you to go to a certain place to flatten it. There you'll find a blank EC machine, and when you stick the coin into the slot, it comes out flattened as the skull coin with the last clue. Check this blog for pictures:
https://kazuemon.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2012-03-02 .
(A translation option will appear with some browsers.)"

A additional translation from our friend in Japan:

"Anyway, so these coins are a part of the clues to solve the treasure hunt mystery.
It must be super rare because the whole thing took about 2 hours. I'm sure most people are too tired to do anything else after spending the whole day at Disneyland and Sea.
Plus it was limited to 1 coin per room, no matter how many people were participating in the treasure hunt. They also said that it was pretty difficult, and I've seen some blogs explaining about how they failed or ran out of time and gave up. According to the instructions, they forbid you to do any treasure hunting from 10 P.M. to 8 A.M. in order to avoid any complaints from other guests staying in the hotel.
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