It’s always a challenge to determine the appropriate catalog numbers for designs that have been repeated many times in the parks. We don’t always know which machine created the coins unless we pressed them ourselves and kept track.
I have been sorting through the Disney World Rainforest Cafe pennies lately, trying to make sense of the similar designs. What follows is a set of identifiers for 5 of the retired penny designs. It is important to develop identifiers that do not require you have samples of competing coins in hand. I relied on the photos (and catalog numbers) from Presscoins.com to make comparisons and then examined the known examples in my collection. The down side: For every two coins, I had only one of the pair. Therefore I was entirely dependent on the attributions made at the Presscoins website.
When analyzing photos, it is important to take into account different lighting, focus, and die wear. In addition, coins can roll short, so we have to avoid relying too much on details along the edges. Sometimes we have no choice, though .
With that in mind, here are my comparisons for:
- The gorilla coin, AK0061 & DTD0021
- The jumping frog coin, AK0063 & DTD0022
- The butterfly coin, AK0066 & DTD0018
- The reclining frog coin, AK0067 & DTD0019
- The goldfish coin, AK0068 & DTD0020
Some other coins are proving more difficult to analyze:
- The frog logo coin with the head beyond the border, AK0064 & DTD0024
- The frog logo coin with the head inside the border, AK0065 & DTD0017
- The parrot coin, AK0062 & DTD0023
Presscoins.com is reporting that as of December 27 the new 2018 coins have already been placed at the All Star Resorts and Animal Kingdom. It is expected there will be 15 coins again (8 pennies, 7 quarters) in the same locations, but the quarter machine found in 2017 at the Stage One store (near the Muppets show) is currently unavailable due to construction. Since Disney did a good job with the dated coins in the past, we expect the machine will be moved somewhere else.
Meanwhile, in California the holiday nickel sets are on stage at Disneyland and California Adventure, reports Parkpennies.com.
UPDATE: Presscoins.com reports that, as of January 2, three 2018 coins were not yet on-stage: the Grand Floridian 2nd-floor lobby (penny), the Rock Around the Shop store at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (penny), and the quarter machine at Stage 1 Company Store (the “Muppets” store), which is closed off behind a construction wall.
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.
A new 4-die machine was added to the Goofy’s Candy Co. store in Disney Springs last week. All the designs feature Goofy, and three have the store’s name. (Photo of concept art from http://www.ctmgroupinc.com/disney)
While Splash Mountain is being refurnished (an annual event), its 8-die machine has been relocated to the Briar Patch gift shop. The CTM Group map shows its original location and its new location, but there is only one machine.
Splash will reopen in mid-November.
Two new machines were added in late September to Port Orleans. With a total of seven designs, the new machines are dedicated to the New Orleans-based cartoon The Princess & The Frog.
The website for CTM Group, the vendor responsible for penny presses at Disney World, had shown the old Celebrity 5 & 10 machine at Port Orleans, but in early October the site was updated to show the 3-die Frog machine instead.
According to the CTM Group website, the two Wreck-It Ralph machines have been placed in the arcade at the Art of Animation resort. They had most recently been found at DisneyQuest in Disney Springs, but went missing for a while after the attraction’s closure in July.