byKim Schultz Last updated: August 3, 20212 comments
You will not need a penny to hear my thoughts on the ever-popular pressed coin machines located in and around the Disneyland Resort because I am here to share with you everything I've discovered about this fascinating art of collecting. Pressed coin machines can be found throughout Disneyland Park, California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort.
With over 50 machines and over 150 images to choose from, the Disneyland Resort pressed coin machines offer the serious (and not-so-serious) coin collector a variety of affordable and unique options when it comes to elongated coin souvenirs. So grab a handful of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and follow along as I take you through the Disneyland Resort in search of pressed coin machines and the magical coins they produce.
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Penny Machines at Disneyland: A History of the Pressed Coin Machine
Can you believe that the fascinating art of pressed pennies dates back over 200 years? This phenomenon is believed to have been invented in 1818 by a Viennese jeweler from Austria. However, the art of pressing pennies surfaced in the United States in 1892-1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The very first images to be pressed into coins from those coin machines celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in America.
Nearly one hundred years later, in 1987, the Disneyland Resort set the precedent, introducing two fully automated, coin-operated pressed penny machines located in the Penny Arcade. The first of its kind, these classic machines, sans an attendant to assist Guests in cranking out a unique commemorative penny, revolutionized the elongated coin souvenir industry. Not surprisingly, Mickey Mouse’s head, along with “Disneyland” was one of the first images to be immortalized and forever etched into a penny. The second image was of Big Al from Bear Country.
Just How Do Pressed Coin Machines Work?
Select your image, drop your coin into the slot, push in the lever and watch as your penny (or coin) is dropped into the machine and stops on top of two steel rollers. The two steel rollers then squeeze the coin through, the image, which is etched in reverse (like a mirror image) presses into the coin that is flattened into an oval shape.
Locations of the Pressed Penny Machines at Disneyland
You can find locations for the pressed penny machines at Disneyland on the Disneyland app.
Scattered throughout the Resort, pressed penny machines at Disneylandcan be found in almost in every land. Download the Disneyland App to find where they are located. It can get a little tricky finding these machines through the app. All you have to do is launch the app and click on the map. Select “Shops” under the “Select Category” feature, click “Show List,” and select “Pressed Coin Machines.” Here you will be directed to all the pressed penny machines at Disneyland. You may be disappointed to learn that the locations feature on this app does not give specific images of each machine. But think of all the fun you will have discovering all the images once you arrive at each machine!
For your convenience, the following list is where you can find all the pressed pennies machines at Disneyland:
In Disneyland Park:
On Main Street:
- Nickel and penny presses can be found at the exit in the lobby of the Disneyland Story
- Quarter and seasonal nickel presscan be found at the Penny Arcade
- Penny press can be found in the Adventureland Bazaar
- Penny press – Bonanza Outfitters
- Penny press – Pioneer Mercantile
- Penny press – Westward Ho Trading Company
New Orleans’s Square:
- Penny press – Pieces of Eight
- Quarter press – Port Royal Curios and Curiosities
- Penny press – Pooh Corner
- Penny press – Professor Barnaby Owl's Photographic Art Studio
- Quarter press – Royal Reception
- Quarter press – “it's a small world” Toy Shop
- Dime press – Gag Factory
- Penny and quarter press – Little Green Men Store Command
- Quarter press – The Star Trader
Disney California Adventure Park
- Buena Vista Stree
- Penny press – Los Feliz Five & Dime
- Nickle press – Kingswell Camera Shop
- Penny press – Big Top Toys
- Penny press – Atwater Ink & Paint
- Penny press – Julius Katz & Sons
- Penny press – Trolley Treats
- Penny press – Humphrey's Service & Supplies
- Quarter press – Rushin' River Outfitters
- Penny press – Bing Bong's Sweet Stuff
- Penny press – Knick's Knacks
- Penny press – Gone Hollywood
- Penny press – Off the Page
- Penny press- The Collector's Warehouse
Downtown Disney District:
- Penny press – World of Disney
- Penny press – The Disney Dress Shop
Paradise Pier Hotel
- Penny press – Disney's PCH Grill
- Penny press – Disney's Fantasia Shop
- Penny press – Goofy's Kitchen
Collecting Pressed Coins is Convenient, Practical, and Fun!
Let’s face it, souvenirs can get expensive at the Disneyland Resort! Why not start a new tradition and commemorate your vacation with souvenirs that are inexpensive? Collect all your loose change and start a new tradition: $.51 cents for the penny machines ($.50 for the purchase and a penny for the souvenir), $.85 for the dime machines (three quarters for the purchase and the dime to squeeze), and $1.00 for the quarter machines ($.75 for the purchase and one quarter to be pressed). And don’t forget to purchase your very own foldout pressed coin booklet to hold your new collection. These fancy books can be purchased in shops around the Resort.
Tips to Start Your Pressed Coin Collection
Do you want to know more about pressed penny machines at Disneyland and the treasures they hold? Here are some tips to get you started!
- Most of the pressed penny machines at Disneyland (with a few exceptions) are tailored to the specific land they are placed in. Check out the spooky coffin-shaped quarter machine at Port Royal Curios and Curiosities in New Orleans Square where you might find some haunting images to add to your collection!
- Visit the quarter press machine at The Star Trader to see a visually stimulating machine that may tempt you to join the dark side with such images as Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and the First Order symbol. Or you can play it safe and join the Resistance with such images as Rey, Chewbacca, and the Resistance symbol!
- Two must-see machines are located in Critter Country where you will find the Splash Mountain pressed penny machine that is a miniature of the actual attraction. It is super fun to watch the penny make that iconic drop just as Guests do on this attraction! Another super cool pressed penny machine is located in Adventureland Bazaar where you will find Rajah’s Mint which has three pressed penny machines built into an enormous stone façade. The theme for these machines are the Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones, and Moana!
- Some pressed coin machines still have the iconic crank. Did you actually think I would give away their secret location? Search out these legendary machines!
- Coin machine plate images are changed every so often which makes pressed coins more desirable to collect! But hurry! Once image plates are removed, they are gone forever!
- Unlike Walt Disney World’s pressed coin machines, the coin press machines at the Disneyland Resort do NOT take credit cards!
- Flip some of your pressed coins around to see another etching on the backside of your coin (hint: the penny machine at Pieces of Eight gift shop in New Orleans Square and the penny machines in Tomorrowland located at the Little Green Men Store feature double-sided etchings). If you are interested in finding more of these double-etched coins, you may have to investigate the coins in each machine yourself!
- The best pennies to use should be dated before 1982 because of their high-copper content. But really, any shiny penny will do in my book!
- Pressed coins make awesome jewelry pieces to display around your neck, angle, or wrist! The possibilities are endless with what you can create with pressed coins!
- City Hall in Disneyland Park, Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park, or the front desks of the Disneyland Resort Hotels can assist out-of-country Guests looking to exchange foreign currency into American dollars (and change!) to use at the press coin machines!
- As of yet, unfortunately, no pressed coin machines have landed on Batuu in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.
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Collect These Tiny Treasures
Disneyland Resort has over 150 different commemorative images that can be pressed onto a penny.
Disneyland Pressed Coins are fun to collect and is a great low-cost souvenir at just $1.00 each at Disneyland Resorts. We have a checklist and pocket guide with the locations of these Disneyland pressed coins machines and the characters on the coins.
Coins that are retired or were never onstage, can have values of over a thousand dollars each. But, most Disneyland pressed pennies are only 51 cents while they are vended from machines still accessible at the park.
Equipped with a touch screen for easy navigation, the new penny press machines operate in six different languages and give guests the ability to select one, eight or even twelve different penny designs all at once for easy collecting. Plus, they no longer require coins to enjoy.
There are currently 62 50th Anniversary pennies available to get. So far for the year 2022 there have been 53 pressed pennies added.
A Penny for Your Thoughts
Easy, fun and inexpensive, our coin presses flatten any penny into a unique design for a nominal fee. No matter the land or location, you're sure to find a nearby coin press machine—each one featuring its own unique Disney characters and stories!
In all, The Disneyland Resort area has 51 Disney pressed coin penny machines to serve the 155 pressed coins. "Penny press" machines are located throughout the resort.
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.
Nearly one hundred years later, in 1987, the Disneyland Resort set the precedent, introducing two fully automated, coin-operated pressed penny machines located in the Penny Arcade.
A penny from 1909 was the star of the show. It is, in fact, considered one of the rarest and most highly valued pennies in existence, made to celebrate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth and inscribed with the initials of its designer, Victor D. Brenner. It sold for $365,000.
- 1914-S Lincoln Penny.
- 1944-D Lincoln Penny (Zinc-coated steel)
- 1909-S VDB Lincoln Penny.
- 1872 Indian Head Penny.
- 1969-S Lincoln Penny-Doubled Die Obverse.
- 1926-S Lincoln Penny.
- 1877 Indian Head Penny.
- 1914-D Lincoln Penny.
1943-S Lincoln Cent Sells for $1 Million.
YES, IT'S LEGAL!
According to United States Code Title18 Chapter17 Section331, pressing pennies is legal in the U.S., as long as you are not fraudulently trying to spend the coins.
An elongated coin (or pressed penny) is one that has been flattened or stretched, and embossed with a new design. Such coins are often used as commemorative or souvenir tokens, and it is common to find coin elongation machines in tourism hubs, such as museums, amusement parks, and natural or man-made landmarks.
Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. On progressive jackpot games, you activate greater winning potential when you play maximum bets. If you don't place the maximum bet size, you won't win the maximum prize. Many penny slots games will pay out fixed awards on any bet size.
There are over 50 collectible medallions available throughout Walt Disney World Resort that commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Machines can be found at all four theme parks, Disney Springs and select Disney Resorts Collection hotels.
I'll admit, when we got to 53 total medallions for Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration I assumed that was all of them.
One medallion is $5, and they all feature a 50th anniversary Mickey design on the back.
Periodically the different fountains and major waterways are cleaned of all the coins and donated to Give Kids the World Village. Due to the recent wishes made at the various fountains and waterways throughout Walt Disney World, they were able to donate $30,000 to Give Kids the World.
- First Edition Walt Disney Comics. ...
- Beauty and the Beast Tea Set. ...
- Sheriff Woody Doll. ...
- Vintage Mickey, Donald, and Snow White Pez. ...
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Porcelain Sculpture. ...
- Mickey Mouse Waddle Book. ...
- Original Disneyland Map and Prospectus. ...
- The Little Mermaid Ariel Snow Globe.
You put in your penny along with the fee—typically 50 cents—and watch while the machine flattens the coin and adds a design for an instant souvenir. There are so many good reasons to collect pressed pennies and other coins, also called elongated coins.
Bring 1 dollar bills plus a card. purchase all 12 pennies for 10 dollars.
- Disney California Adventure Park used to be a parking lot. ...
- The Haunted Mansion features a working elevator. ...
- Sleeping Beauty Castle uses paint to make it look bigger than it actually is. ...
- Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes are not on a track.
The founders of the penny press popularized both low prices for newspapers and newspaper economics based on sales instead of political party backing. Benjamin Day created The Sun without any political party backing. This was rare because this was an era where political parties sponsored newspapers.
1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent: $1,000 to $2,000+
The 1955 doubled die penny shows heavy doubling in the inscriptions on the obverse side such as the word LIBERTY and the date. It is worth $1,000 and up even in well-worn condition, with uncirculated specimens taking $2,000 or more.
Gold Penny Found by Treasure Hunter Could Bring $500,000+ at Auction. AN AMATEUR METAL detectorist is bracing for a half-million-dollar windfall after digging up an ultra-rare, 765-year-old “Henry III gold penny” on a farm in Devon, England.
Hence, these are relatively common coins and are worth relatively little collector value in circulated grades. Most 1943 Lincoln pennies in worn grades (average condition) trade for around 10 cents to 25 cents apiece. Typical examples in uncirculated condition usually realize $1 to $5.
Prices range from around 20 cents in circulated condition, to 35 cents in uncirculated.
The Rare 1943 Penny
If your 1943 penny is made out of copper, it is worth quite a bit of money, generally $10,000 or more! The reason is that the 1943 copper penny is an error coin. The United States Mint accidentally used the wrong planchet metal when striking the coin.
Approximately 40 1943 copper–alloy cents are known to remain in existence.
The easiest way to determine whether or not your 1943 Cent has collectible value—to see if it is possibly bronze rather than steel—is simply to test it with a magnet. If the coin is magnetic, then it is, unfortunately, the common steel version and is not valuable in most cases.
If So, Then You Might Have The Rare 1983 Copper Penny Worth $15,000! There's a rare 1983 copper penny (a 1983-D penny) worth $15,000 -- you could find one in your pocket change! Here's what to look for + Other rare copper pennies.
It is not illegal to melt, form, destroy, or otherwise modify US coins, including pennies, unless the objective is fraudulent or with the intent of selling the raw materials of the coins for profit.
The best penny to press is a penny from 1982 or earlier when the pennies were made with 95% copper. The higher the copper content the better they work! So pennies make the most sense!
The Elongated Collectors also recommend you use pennies made prior to 1982. According to them, the darker color of the copper and zinc from prior to 1982 allows designs to show up more clearly. Pennies, then, were made of 95 percent copper. The years 1962-1982 are considered the best pennies to use.
The Penny Press was the term used to describe the revolutionary business tactic of producing newspapers which sold for one cent. The Penny Press is generally considered to have started in 1833, when Benjamin Day founded The Sun, a New York City newspaper.
How does it work? It's been calculated that it takes more than 2,500 pounds of force to properly press a penny.
You cannot tell when a modern slot machine will hit because the outcome of each spin is random. No matter how many times a machine has spun, and no matter what the outcomes of those spins were, the probability of the next result remains the same.
Penny slot machines are some of the most attractive games because of the perceived low costs. In theory, you can bet as little as one cent to get the reels in motion. Even though it usually costs more to do it, penny slots are worth playing and these are the reasons why.
- Higher denomination slots have higher payback percentages.
- Make sure you bet enough to be eligible for the jackpots.
- Choose games that fit your goals and playing personality.
- Always play within your budget.
- Start small to win big, or “prime the pump”
- Play machines at the ends of rows.
The Pennies Are Squeezed By Rollers
One of the rollers has an engraved surface. While one roller flattens and elongates the coin, the other presses the custom design into it.
Disneyland Park has 26 coin press machines, Disney California Adventure has 17 penny press coin machines, and Downtown Disney has 8 coin pressing machines. Each coin press vends three or four different pressed pennies, smashed nickels, smushed dimes, or flattened quarters.
Disneyland Pressed Coins are fun to collect and is a great low-cost souvenir at just $1.00 each at Disneyland Resorts.
Magic Kingdom Pressed Penny Pocket Guide
181 pressed pennies. 33 Machines.
You can usually exchange one US $1.00 "Dollar" for 100 cents / pennies or 4 quarters at most retail stores or shops. That makes the total cost for one pressed penny, one penny (to be pressed) and two quarters (for payment) or slightly more than one half of one US dollar, 51 cents.
There are currently 62 50th Anniversary pennies available to get. So far for the year 2022 there have been 53 pressed pennies added.
There are two types of pressed penny machines in Walt Disney World. There are a few classic, hand-cranked presses, where you pay with coins and provide the penny yourself. However, you are more likely to find the second type: the newer digital presses where you pay with dollar bills, card or your smartphone.
Disneyland Resort has over 150 different commemorative images that can be pressed onto a penny. Join Disney fans and collectors as they try to track down the latest designs.
Disney DOESN'T give you free admission into the theme parks on your birthday. They DON'T give you free hotel stays or free meals. You CAN'T skip the lines or get special dining reservations.
The article cites Title 31 of the U.S. Code, which states that minor coins (pennies and nickels) are legal tender at their nominal value for any amount not to exceed 25 cents in any one payment.
Of all the coins ever made by the U.S. Mint and its various branches between 1792 and today, there is only one coin that is illegal to own: the 1933 $20 gold piece.
It's also illegal to tear a dollar bill and even flatten a penny under the weight of a locomotive on the railroad tracks. The laws making defacing and debasing currency a crime have their roots in the federal government's use of precious metals to mint coins.
Mint Mark Facts
No mint marks appeared on circulating coins from 1965 to 1967. The Coinage Act of 1965 eliminated mint marks to discourage collecting while the Mint worked to meet the country's coinage needs. Mint marks were placed on the reverse of coins until 1968 when they moved to the obverse.
The most valuable Wheat Penny ever auctioned is a unique 1943-D Bronze Cent, sold for $840,000. Other examples of valuable wheat pennies include the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat Penny, the 1944 Steel Penny, and other variations of the 1943 Bronze Penny.
Experts estimate that the number of known specimens of this 1969-S doubled die penny is only about 40 to 50 coins.
The Story of The Secret Pressed Penny In The France Pavilion
Prior to the attraction's closure in February 2022, completing 'Agent P's World Showcase Adventure' granted you the opportunity to collect a rare pressed penny from the Souvenirs De France store in Epcot.