Disney has visitors from around the world, and the quarters in its change machines are recycled from those visitors. One added benefit for coin collectors: a variety of collectible coins end up coming out of those change machines.
This year I received the coins pictured above – all foreign coins the size of a U.S. quarter. They are from Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, and Cayman Islands. I also routinely receive coins from the Dominican Republic. They are easy to spot even when stacked because they do not have the copper edge found on American quarters.
I have also found “S” mint proof quarters (coin collectors will understand this terminology) but unfortunately they tend to be scuffed up from circulation.
The ultimate bonus: in the past 5 or 6 years, I have also received a half dozen silver U.S. quarters (1964 and earlier).
For those who like to keep an eye on their pocket change for interesting coins, the Disney change machines offer interesting opportunities.