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The First WDW Pressed Pennies


Frank Brazzell's coin die engraving records for first  WDW prsesed coin dies Based on our research, the first two WDW pressed penny machines offered four coins each. One of the first WDW pressed penny machines offered Walt Disney World titled coins with images of: Mickey Mouse rays, Mickey Mouse standing, Minnie Mouse and Chip N Dale. (As pictured on the marquee above and similar* to the coins offered with chains.) The second WDW pressed penny machine featured Walt Disney World Typhoon Lagoon titled coins with images of: Shark Submarine, Ship Tillie on the mountain peak, Snorkeling Mickey Mouse, and Surfing Mickey Mouse on an inner tube. Subsequent machines offered a selection of only three coins until The Penny Men introduced their four play hand crank penny press machines at WDW.

The first onstage machine offering Mickey Mouse rays, Mickey Mouse standing, Minnie Mouse and Chip N Dale pressed coins was taken offstage in the 1990s and then to the surprise of many Walt Disney World pressed coin collectors, the machine was placed back onstage in the early 2000s for a short time and the machine was often out of service. (Probably due to the age of the machine.) However, during that short time, it was able to bring the value of that first, scarce and valuable set of coins down to 51 cents each and with that the confidence of many WDW collectors. Much of that damage has passed with time, but for some WDW collectors, confidence has not healed as quickly.

These are the earliest WDW pressed penny die rolls known to ParkPennies were made for Marvin Huth circa 1991 by Frank Brazzell. We are aware that Walt Disney World has published dates of 1994 as well as 1995 as the first years pressed penny machines were placed at WDW. However, based on the WDW pressed coin records kept by Frank Brazzell the engraver of the early WDW dies, ParkPennies staff's recollection of our visit to WDW in 1995 and of our WDW The first Walt Disney World Pressed Coinselongated coin collection at that time, it is our opinion, that the first year pressed pennies were available at WDW could have been as late as early 1992. We would welcome any additional history / evidence that we could add to this article. Our thanks to the Cast Member that contacted ParkPennies in January of 2017 to say "Just confirming the date of the original WDW pressed pennies in the penny arcade on Main St were on stage in 1991, the year I went to work there."

Walt Disney World pressed pennies or elongated coins as many purists call them, are great collectibles. On this page we have links to some WDW files and some great WDW web sites. (Of course, for Disneyland USA, Disneyland Tokyo, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland Hong Kong, we hope you will visit our main pressed penny index page. :-)

Happy Collecting,
Boomer

*One of the several small differences between the vintage on-stage coins vs. the vintage necklace / good luck chained elongated coins is that the necklace coins featured thicker coin grips compared to the on-stage coins which featured thin coin grips. When comparing these very poor images of the early WDW coins, you will also find differences in the ©Disney etc. as the coins were pressed from different dies. However, the coin grip size would probably be easiest to spot for most of us. We believe this is evidence of a second machine with similar designs of Mickey Mouse rays, Mickey Mouse standing, Minnie Mouse and Chip N Dale. Possibly the second machine may have been offstage and used for the production of the necklaces pictured above. No coins matchine the necklace coins are known to have been pressed in a machine onstage.)


More Fun... Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary
Pressed Quarter Collections


Click here to view our Disneyland Framed Penny Collections

Sorcerer Mickey 25th Anniversary Pressed Quarter Variations

Collecting Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary Pressed Quarters can be challenging. The framed 25th pressed coin collections pictured above are considered by most to be full sets of twelve "WDW 25th Quarters". That's correct, only twelve coins are needed if a Disney guest wishes to have a single representative quarter dollar of every distinct design. However advanced collectors include all design variations when defining a complete set. As an example, one of the most popular images in the set is "Sorcerer Mickey". Because this is a favorite pose, Sorcerer Mickey honored several different coin press machine around Walt Disney World for the 25th Anniversary Celebration. Given each machine had a unique coin die, each machine offered a slightly different hand-engraved interpretation of the Disney art. Here is a picture illustrating ten variations of just the iconic Sorcerer Mickey 25th Anniversary Pressed Quarter. Needless to say, some of these variations are difficult to attribute and most are very scarce making for a fun, often challenging search. Our thanks to the well known Disney elongated coin collector, Dee D. for sharing these images. Happy collecting, The Folks at ParkPennies.

Early WDW Pressed Penny Book

Probably a prototype or proposed penny collecting book...
Not known to have been offered for sale at WDW.
If I knew more about this book, I'd share! :-)


Scarce WDW penny book, possible prototype - Image of open inside sections
Actual size: Approximately 25.5" x 8" !  Largest Disney penny book we've seen.
View our other pressed penny collector books


WDW Disney pressed penny book inside, fully open

Current WDW Locations and Guides

www.Presscoins.com

James Mayfield’s Excellent
WDW Pressed Penny Machine Location Maps / Checklists

WDW Pressed Pennies Link to www.PressCoins.com Home Page, search and Awe!
.Disneyland checklist penny gif - 931 Bytes Link to www.PressCoins.com WDW Machine Location Checklist
(Current PDF from www.presscoins.com)

ParkPennies.com Currently maintains only Disneyland Resort checklists and guides...
And we have our hands full! crazy parkpennies Please check James' excellent site for WDW guides.


Lou Smith's WDW Elongated Coin Guide
Files 1992-2000:


WDW TEXT list of pressed pennies and quarters. Single LARGE file:
Disneyland, WDW checklist buttonWDW Pressed Penny or Elongated Coin list in All Sections

WDW TEXT pressed penny and quarter guides in web page format:
Descriptions of WDW Resort pressed penny or elongated coins SECTION 1 Walt Disney World Pressed Penny and Quarter list Section 1
Descriptions of WDW Resort pressed penny or elongated coins SECTION 2 Walt Disney World Pressed Penny and Quarter list Section 2
Descriptions of WDW Resort pressed penny or elongated coins SECTION 3 Walt Disney World Pressed Penny and Quarter list Section 3

EXCEL WDW pressed penny and quarter guides. Easy to customize.
( You must have EXCEL or the free Excel viewer.)

WDW Resort pressed penny machine Excel guide SECTION 1 Excel WDW Pressed Penny or Elongated Coin list Section 1
WDW Resort pressed penny machine Excel guide SECTION 2 Excel WDW Pressed Penny or Elongated Coin list Section 2
WDW Resort pressed penny machine Excel guide SECTION 3 Excel WDW Pressed Penny or Elongated Coin list Section 3

2008 pressed quarter information:
Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations HTML format.
Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations EXCEL Format Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations Excel 2003 format.




Official WDW "Smashed Penny" Locations
Our most recent "cached" copy of the official WDW "penny machine" locations.
(The internet address of the file changes from time to time.)

APPS:Walt Disney World "Disney Experience" includes penny press machine locations.
Both Android and Apple apps available and free at Google Play and Apple App Store.
These Disney apps give machine map locations, but, not coin descriptions.

Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations OFFICIAL Walt Disney World penny press machine locations map 1.
Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations OFFICIAL Walt Disney World penny press machine locations map 2.
Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations More OFFICIAL Walt Disney World penny press machine locations maps.
(Archived Vintage WDW Pressed Penny Maps.)

Walt Disney World quarter press machine locations CTM WDW Penny Location Map WDW coin press machine locations



Disneyland Resort Coin Press Machine
Downloadable Guides, Files, & Checklists


Please visit the ParkPennies.com Disneyland Pressed Penny Machine Locations, Guides, and Checklists page.


If you would like to submit a WDW link, please contact us. Happy Collecting!

Editor's note: We are often reminded that the preferred numismatic term is "Elongated Coins". However, as the rebellious, risk taking, devil may care ParkPennies.com contributors that we are, temptation often gets the better of us. As a result, you may see the more casual, terms like: stamped coins, pressed coins, smushed pennies, and stretched pennies to describe these fun pressed coin souvenirs. :-) Here are some pages about the often asked questions of How many pressed coins are at Disney? and How much do pressed coins cost? Just for fun, here is a page with a bit of a different take on Pressed Coins Facts and Fiction with tips on how different coins press, cool pressed coin jewelry, early penny presses... Happy Collecting! Boomer and the folks at ParkPennies.com :-)











































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