A benefit of using Disney change machines

img_8351Disney 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.