This Honorable Mentions Guide is dedicated to pressed coins with distinguishing "Disneyland Spirit" and do not meet the definition of any other ParkPennies guide. They weren't onstage or even on property. They weren't authorized by Disney, they weren't part of a Disneyland Resort event, they do not even mention "Disneyland", heck, some aren't even real elongated coins. But, they all do have Disney spirit! ParkPennies visitors have asked about these coins and sometimes even submitted them for listing. But, there wasn't the right spot for them. Then a few longtime collectors (you know who you are) suggested that a special page or guide be added just for these exceptional treasures. I think we'll see a lot of coins added to this guide over time and they'll be fun to share! The rest will be history. :-)
If you have a coin that you would like to submit to this guide, please contact ParkPennies. (This guide is very new. Please forgive its "Draft" nature and limited listings.)
"I wannabe here too!"
Some "pressed" coins are not quite elongated coins...
But, they are just too neat or valuable to overlook! View this Adam Cool, pressed not rolled coin
the PNC that held this pressed coin
In 2016, The Elongated Collectors Organization (TEC) held their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association at the Anaheim Convention Center. As in 1995, TEC offered an amazing set of elongated coins for their members. This year at the request of TEC President, Nancy Wooten, Cindy Calhoun designed Mickey-eared, hidden-Mickey-winged TEC Owl 50th Anniversary elongated coins to commemorate TEC's 50 years of fellowship. The limited edition of only 50 sets which included a TEC is 50 2016 Anaheim, CA Owl cent, nickel, dime, golden dollar, plus a TEC / ANA Convention pressed cent were offered and quickly sold out. (Attendees of the Convention could get the TEC is 50 2016 Anaheim, CA Owl cent cent for free at the ANA TEC Booth. Other "test roll" denominations have been reported such as two different sized token images courtesy of Michael H., and a half dollar. In addition, there were two styles of TEC Member badges made using the same basic design sans a dot border, both pressed on silver 1966 quarters with the second version enameled.
The Mickey-eared hidden-Mickey-winged "TEC is 50 2016 Anaheim CA" Anniversary Owls, the fun focus of this very scarce limited edition set, may not meet the DW Guide description. (Due to the Anaheim Convention Center / Disney mandates warning against the use of the word "Disneyland" we hear.) But, these coins certainly deserve to be shared here with honorable mention as TEC is at the heart of Disneyland collecting just as Mouse ears are the heart of Disneyland flair.
Wow! Three amusement parks on one pressed coin! These most unusual sample coins, a nickel and a cent, feature "Disneyland", "Disney-MGM Studios", and "Six Flags" all on one coin! The coin die was reported to ParkPennies as a practice engraving, not for distribution. (It would be hard to pick a park location to place this coin! :-) If my memory serves, the die was made circa 2009 to prove tools / technique / ability. The DW Guide generally lists only coins made for distribution, even if a limited distribution. These coins may not have been meant for distribution, but they are just too cool not to share here with honorable mention.
The "Tim Prize Unassigned"
Mickey Rays Pressed Coins Re-write, Edits and Additions in 2022
Attribution for this coin has been an unusual challenge for us. The recollections, evidence and the coin itself which usually are in agreement, speaking for an easy path to provenance or history, are not.
For this coin / die to be listed in the "DL" guide, the coin / die must have been onstage at Disneyland Park, Anaheim. However, based both on statements made by the roller and our own research, we do not believe this coin die was ever onstage at Disneyland... For this coin to be listed in the "DN" prototype guide, it must have been authorized by Disney. However, the roller of this coin stated that this coin was not engraved per the Disney authorized artwork, which is confirmed by our original Disney pressed penny artwork, and Disney's reported rejection of the design. That leaves possible inclusion in this "DW" Tributes guide. However, for inclusion here, this Disney themed elongated coin still needs to establish an association with Disneyland Anaheim vs. WDW.
(-Something that is still pending even with the April 2020 report of a second coin of this same design which was found in Hong Kong and the June 2022 report of yet another coin from the same coin die.
Therefore, to the dismay of the petitioning roller / owner / seller of this coin and in spite of our extensive research to date we have not found undisputed evidence in support of this coin's inclusion in any guide other than possibly this "DW" Tribute's guide. We believe that this coin may eventually qualify for listing here as a "DW" Disneyland Tribute coin, pending conformation of a park affiliation and / or year engraved and in absence of any contradictory evidence. Until then, though worthy of honorable mention, it is ParkPennies only unassigned coin.
To list this coin in the guides, a guide definition would have to be changed. Such a change may open the guide to the inclusion of a lot of coins, coins often not necessarily associated with Disneyland and even some not associated with Disney.
As of 2022, based on a preponderance of the evidence, our opinion is that the subject coin / coin die was engraved in the early to mid-1990s by Frank Brazzell for Centek. However, it was never placed in a Disney park. It is probable that the WDW Mickey Rays pressed coins and the Disneyland DL0015 were all based on this uninscribed elongate artwork and were likely engraved within months of each other by Frank Brazzell. ParkPennies would welcome your thoughts... Are the statements made by Tim Prize sufficient to list this coin as a DN Prototype or DW tribute coin?
RARE, NEVER RELEASED Disney Mickey Mouse Rays elongated coin- Centek late 1980's
Rare, never released Mickey Mouse Rays elongated coin pressed on an aluminum Yen in the late 1980's. The design was engraved by Centek, a pressed penny machine manufacturer that made the first two penny machines for Disneyland. I worked for Centek during this time and this coin is from my personal collection. This engraving was made by Centek in order to sell another design (replacement die or additional machine) to Disney, but Disney did not buy it and they changed to another pressed penny machine manufacturer (Eurolink). Unfortunately, because this design was not purchased by Disney, it was never placed at Disneyland, and therefore was never made available to the public. Only a few of these coins were pressed by Centek. I actually worked on this die making little engraving modifications. We tested the die after making engraving modifications by pressing the design on the Yen because the aluminum was soft and would not damage the die's engraving. This was important because the die was not hardened yet, which allowed us to make the engraving modifications. Normally when the "sample coins" were approved by the customer, no more modifications were made to the engraving, and the steel die was sent off to be hardened. Once hardened, the die was installed in the pressed penny machine and was ready to be used by the public. This is my first Ebay listing. After speaking with, and getting feedback from, some reputable elongated collecters, I have decided to heed their advice and list it here. I am selling only one Mickey Mouse Rays elongated coin on eBay. If you are apprehensive to bid on my listing being that I am new, eBay protects you and will not release the funds to me until the tracked package has been delivered and you provide feeback. If you have any questions, please send me an eBay message.
7/2022 Update: The coin had been shown on FaceBook some months earlier with great collector interest and requests for the coin to be offered on eBay. Then, on June 27, 2022, the coin's 10 day auction opened to the delight of several advanced Disney pressed coin collectors. On July 7, 2022 the auction closed with 5 active bidders. The winning bid was $204.28 plus tax and $4.70 shipping.