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Sales page updated with several Disneyland sets

My sales page has been updated with numerous sets from Disneyland.  This includes all the machines that have been installed since the 60th anniversary celebration ended in 2016.

All pennies are pressed on pre-1982 copper cents, and quarters are pressed on AU and BU quarters. In addition, there is a selection of designs pressed on foreign coins that are the same size as American coins.


More June updates

The machine at Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios) remains off stage and may be retired.

Although the official map from penny press vendor CTM Group does not include it, the original 4-die machine in the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster courtyard with Coaster designs is still available.

I don’t normally comment on broken machines.  Most machines are fixed within 24 hours, and you can expect between 5% and 10% to need repair by the end of any given day.  Broken machines are a fact of life with penny presses, especially given the apparent the propensity of children to pound on buttons and turn cranks.  There is a machine that has gone unresolved for a while, though: the quarter machine in the Stage 1 Company Store at Hollywood Studios.  You expect when you press button A (the 2017 dated design) that the machine will press the designated design.  In two visits 10 days apart, though, about 40% of the time the machine will instead press the design associated with Button C.  I have brought this to the vendor’s attention twice via their text message reporting system.  If you encounter the same problem, let them know specifically what problem you encounter (I never simply report the machine number – I try to include details).

Reminder/update: DisneyQuest closes at the end of business on July 2.  The Wreck-It Ralph machines are currently in the store lobby.  The other two machines are outside, near the ticket windows.  As a result, those two machines should be available even after DQ closes each day.

Pandora: No machines

I confirmed visually and by talking with a manager that there are no penny presses in Pandora – the World of Avatar.

The manager mentioned I was the second person that day to inquire about penny presses, and he promised to inform the merchandising department that there seems to be interest among collectors.

Disney’s own penny press maps = Inadequate

Disney has included coin press locations on its website (, which is also advertised on the machines.  The list is terrible.  It puts Epcot pavilions in the wrong location, and appears to be missing some machines (I will check next week to see if the two machines at the Outpost shop outside Animal Kingdom are really gone).

The vendor who operates the machines, CTM Group, has more reliable maps on their website (, which is also offered as a phone app.  Even they miss a few, though.

Guest services keeps maps and lists, too, but these have never been reliable.  The best source remains


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.

Why copper is better than zinc

It is a constant struggle to convince new collectors that zinc pennies are not as durable as copper.  They think “shiny” means good.

Here’s vivid proof of the problem with zinc pennies.  Zinc pennies (in the U.S., they were produced from 1982 to date) are zinc with a thin coating of copper.  That thin coating can flake off and often has the appearance of waves. It is unstable and unsightly.

The pennies below were pressed on “shiny new pennies.”  You can see that a longer roll stretches that thin copper coating beyond its capacity.