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Nightmare Before Christmas gets zinc treatment

We have the concept art from Disney World’s coin vendor for this new machine placed at Disney’s Days of Christmas store, a year-round location at Disney Springs. The 8-die machine was placed there last week. As with similar machines, it dispenses its own zinc pennies.  The Days of Christmas store is located in the Marketplace near Rainforest Cafe. store



Quick July Updates


June 16: still there

The two penny presses that had been moved to the ticket area at DisneyQuest are gone, and likely retired.  The Wreck-It Ralph machines are also gone, and may be retired.

When I visited on June 16, Inoventions was down to one machine – the one that includes Figment was located in Innoventions East.  By July 7, though, was reporting that the Figment machine was retired, and the other Innoventions machine had been brought back from retirement and placed at the Epcot Pin Trading station (a new location for a penny press).  The official CTM Group maps still show a machine at Innoventions and none at Pin Trading, though. (Those maps are not necessarily accurate)

The D23 convention in Anaheim had lots of news.  There was, however, no penny press at this year’s show.




January 1 approaching . . .

. . . and that means the conversion of the 2016 to possible 2017 dies.

When the dated coin program started at the Emporium, January 1 was the conversion date.  As the program expanded to other locations (now 15 machines in the four main parks plus many hotel/resorts), the conversion took longer.  For the 2014 series (14 coins), it took five weeks.  In 2015 and 2016, it took about four days – the 2016 coins started appearing a couple days before New Year’s Eve.

If you go to the parks, start watching – even before January 1.


Machine locations in 2016:

Penny machines: Magic Kingdom: Emporium, Sir Mickey’s, Splashdown Photos; Epcot: Mouse Gear, Disney Traders; Hollywood Studios: none – machine was moved to Epcot; Animal Kingdom: Chester & Hester’s; Hotels: Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort

Quarter machines: Magic Kingdom: Main Street railroad station; Epcot: The Land; Hollywood Studios: Stage 1 Company Store (Muppets); Animal Kingdom: Harambe Railroad station; Hotels: Contemporary Resort, All Star Sports, All Star Music

So, if you collect only pennies, you would need to visit 3 parks and 2 hotels (both on the monorail loop) if the locations remain the same. If you also collect quarters, you need to add one park and 2 hotels (both in the All Star area near Animal Kingdom).

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.