Penny Machines on TV – Season 3

This has become one of my favorite posts to work on. Sure it sometimes takes a few years before I’ve found enough new episodes of television to make the post worthwhile, but when I do have a few ready it’s always fun sharing them all with you. Before we grab our remove, first let me just give a huge Thank you! to all of you in our amazing collecting community for helping to let me know whenever you catch a glimpse of a penny press or elongated coin in your favorite (or not so favorite) television shows. If you are interested in checking out our previous posts you can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Now sit back, relax and take a look a few of the latest episodes showing our favorite little collectible.

Pawn Stars (History) Season 16 Episode 4
Originally aired: February 11, 2019

Earlier in this episode someone enters the shop to try and sell the commonly thought of as first publicly available elongated coin from the 1883 Columbian Exposition in Chicago Illinois. The show does share some fun an interesting information about that coin, but many collectors are already aware of it.

Instead for this episode I wanted to focus on another segment where fan favorite Chumlee has come into possession of a penny press machine with a very special design.

The coin design shows off Chumlee’s face along with his cute little dog Pinky. I did hear that this machine was available for a time at the Pawn Shop but has long since been retired, maybe removed after Chumlee’s unfortunate death. I’ve tried to acquire one of these for my own collection, but so far haven’t been able to find one.

American Gods (Stars) Season 3 Episode 5
Originally aired: February 14, 2021

This next show is certainly an interesting story. I was watching this from it’s beginning in season 1 and initially found it a bit hard to follow, but at the same time was fascinated with the characters so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. Here in Season 3 I almost fell out of my chair when the episode began with some guests visiting the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Check this out, after the opening credits are done this is what you first see. Now I will say this is obviously a modernized version of the jewelry machine that would hav actually been used at this event to elongated coins. Still I don’t know about you but I would love to find this machine somewhere and use it, the cabinet just looks stunning.

Next we have a fascinating sequence of quick cuts between clips of a guests inserting their coins, sliding them into the machine, the coin dropping down into the die.

We then get to watch at the shiny coin is pressed between the dies in what looks to be the most clean machine I’ve ever witnessed.

To conclude we see the finished elongated coin drop down into the cup ready to be retried by the event guests. I have watched this short video sequence probably more than I would like to admit. I can only hope one day to one of my YouTube videos recreate this type of clip. Just such a beautiful way to show on this elongated coin. What was the rest of the episode about…I have no idea.

The Simpsons (Fox) Season 34 Episode 1
Originally aired: September 25, 2022

In this Pennies on TV posts we certainly have found many on quite a few animated television shows. This time it’s the big one, the longest running one, The Simpsons! Admit it you sang their name just like in the show didn’t you.

This episode at the time of writing only just aired a couple weeks ago. It starts out with the family visiting the Springfield Zoo and find that the beloved Turtle Slow Leonard is missing. Homer is insistent they try to help find him and when he needs a recent picture of Leonard heads over to a nearby Penny Stretcher machine.

Voila, after a few struggling turns of the handle Homer is eventually able to press his coin with I must say is a really cool looking elongated design. Do they find Slow Leonard, well you’ll need to watch the episode to find out. However I do have one last surprise to share today.

Our collecting community is truly amazing and we have so many creative friends. I’m not sure how he was able to get this designed, etched and pressed so quickly after the episode aired but I’m certainly thankful he did. Elongated coin designer Rob Gilger created this along with many other great designs we have reviewed in past posts. If you are interested in this design or any of his others, you can contact him through The Elongated Collectors Club Facebook Group here.

Thank you all for lounging on the couch with me again for this latest season of Pennies on TV. I’m sure we will find many over in the coming years of television. If you find a machine in show that you watch please beside to leave a comment and let me know so I can include it in our next edition. Have a fantastic rest of your week.

Keep on Pressing and Keep on watching TV!

Pressed Cut-Out Pennies?

My name is David and I’m obsessed with Etsy. There I’ve said it and I’m not ashamed. In between scrolling through Facebook penny groups, my Instagram and of course cat TikToks I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy looking for weird penny related items. One late night search I found some interesting pennies and placed my order.

The unique thing about these pennies is that the seller / artists(?) used a punch to cut out different designs into the penny. Initially I was just going to buy a bunch of these and show them off as a fun collectible, but when I saw them in person I was hit with an epiphany. What would happen if I pressed these in a penny machine?

My only problem was that here in Central Florida it is getting harder and harder to find a penny machine that allows you to press your own coin. Most of them have all been converted to versions that supply a penny which I’m sure if more convenient for the casual collector, but as we have talked about in the past many long time collectors prefer to use our own preferred coins to press. Thankfully there was one that last I checked hadn’t been changed over and was at Disney Springs inside the House of Blues restaurant.

I will admit I was a little worried that these pennies would damage the machine in some way, but because they were newer zinc pennies which are very soft I was hopeful not to make a mess of the machine.

Thankfully we lucked out and the pennies pressed really nicely. The design cutout in the middle did stretch out a bit but you can still clearly see what it was. Now obviously by using these coins most of the pressed image is missing from the penny, but I still think these are kind of a fun idea for a special design in your collection.

Let me know what you think down in the comments below, is this something you would try? Thank you for joining me again this week and I hope you enjoyed our little experiment. This is not something I would do often, but I am certainly surprised at how well these turned out in the end. Have a great week and Keep on Pressing even if it’s not your standard penny!

Transformers NEW Collectible Medallions | Universal Florida

At Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure there are two very similar attractions. The Adventures of Spider-Man and Transformers The Ride 4-D. Personally I prefer the Spider-Man ride which I think may be a hot take. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the Transformers ride, I just get a little more queasy on it so I don’t ride it very often. Due to this I may have missed a brand new Collectible Medallion machine that was recently placed in the Supply Vault gift shop for this attraction. Thankfully our friend Les G. did find it and was kind enough to pass along the tip.

So I immediately headed over to the park to check out this new set of coins. I did wait in line to experience the attraction just due to it being awhile since my last ride. But I will let you know that you do NOT need to ride the attraction to access the medallion machine.

There are a couple entrances / exits to the Supply Vault gift shop from the park that will allow you to shop for all sorts of Transformers themed merchandise along with these medallions. The cabinet seems really large, but I do enjoy the design of it as it does seem to fit right in with the store theming.

As with the other collectible medallion machines, there are four designs available. It does cost $5 for one coin, or you can get all four coins for $15. This machine does accept credit / debit cards, digital payments like ApplePay or Google Wallet as well as cash. The designs on these coins include Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, the Autobots emblem and the Decepticons emblem.

The reverse image on all the coins is same. It has the NEST Transformers Logo in the center, Universal Studios across the top, and some copyright information along the sides and bottom.

I am happy to say that I survived my ride on the attraction and came off of it without any issues, so this may be a good sign that I can go back to riding this more frequently. I still think I prefer the Spider-Man version, but this is a lot of fun and honestly who doesn’t want to ride along with the Autobots to save the planet from time to time. Universal Studios has certainly seemed to embrace these collectible medallions and I’m happy to see more new designs being released. Keep on Collecting!

Classic Car Pressed Coin Sets | Privately Designed

In the past here we have reviewed some really amazing privately designed elongated coins from friends in our collecting community. It has become one of my favorite sub genres of my collection and I’m find myself always on the look out for new and unique sets. I actually have quite a few in my collection that I haven’t even had time to share with you yet, but stay tuned because we have plenty of them on the way in future posts. Today however I wanted to show off some fun sets created and rolled by Martin Spier and are these after some classic cars and automobiles.

This first set from Martin is celebrating some classic Volkswagens, specifically the T1, T2 and T3 Camper. One thing that I love about not just this set but the others we will look at shortly is the details in the backgrounds of these designs. It really sets the scene and seems like these could have been pulled directly from an advertisement for the vehicles.

The second set continues with some other famous Volkswagen models you may recognize. They include a 1971 Beetle under a bridge, a 1955 Beetle diving along the coast with a lighthouse in the background, and a 1966 Beetle causing along a tree lined street.

The third and final set may just be my favorite, and includes the unique Trabant 601, a classic Ford Mustang in the dessert, and Fiat 500 that looks to be parked in front of the Roman Colosseum.

All of these coins are really striking and I was completely blown away when I saw them in person. The details are incredible and I couldn’t be happier to have them a part of my collection. I can’t wait to see what Martin comes out with next, maybe some more classic car designs or something completely different. The fun of designing elongated coins is they are only limited to the imagination of each designer. If you are interested in checking out these sets or any of Martin’s other available coin sets you can visit his website here. Just note that it is a German website so you may need the assistance as I did from Google translator to navigate it. But feel free to email Martin through is website with any questions and he will be happy to help place your order.

Keep on Pressing!

TECNews Oct-Dec 2022 Issue Elongated Coins

As we head into the final stretch of 2022, the latest issue of TECNews has been released along with the exclusive elongated coins generously donated by the club and club members. Each issue is filled with fantastic auricles by members about their own coin travels, special collections, tips about the hobby and many other topics. Plus they have special events like the Design contest we reviewed a couple months ago, and this time it was a coloring contact for our younger members.

There is plenty of great information inside each issue and I really look forward to each new edition. Then of course we always get to look forward to the included elongated coins. Let’s take a closer look at which ones we received this time.

This first charming looking coin was donated by John and Nancy Wilson. They have had elongated coins created for the World’s Fair of Money (ANA Coin Show) for over 20 years. With this most recent event being held in Chicago Illinois, John included in this design a fun piece of Chicago Bears history along the bottom. The design was engraved by John Gusmano and rolled by Cindy Calhoun.

Next we have the World’s Fair of Money TEC elongated design that was created and rolled by Paul Connor, and engraved by John Gusmano. It has World’s Fair of Money across the top with a marvelous collection of starts just inside the border surrounding a large owl that Paul made to look similar to the eagle on the back of a Kennedy half dollar. We also have 2022 inside of the owl’s wings, the dates of the show in the bottom right and on the left side.

Finally let’s take a look at the World’s Fair of Money ANA elongated design. This was also created and rolled by Paul Connor, and engraved by John Gusmano (they were both certainly busy these last few months). Paul said of this design that he wanted to make a more historic looking elongated. The lettering and style he used was similar to posters and material from the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. But my personal favorite part of this design is the lettering for Chicago that looks like it was plucked fright from an old fashioned theater lighted marquee.

Well there you have it just a little preview of the October to December 2022 edition of TEC News. As always I have included a link to the TEC website here in case you are interested in more information or are ready to sign up and start enjoying this incredible club. I hope you enjoyed these very exclusive coins. Have a fantastic week and as always Keep on Pressing!

The Mandalorian Medallions NEW | Downtown Disney, CA

I’ll admit that I am completely blown away and was taken by surprise when I found out about this new set of collectible medallions. As I’m sure you saw in the title Disney has released Mandalorian themed coins. I knew it would eventually happen, but this seems much quicker than they usually move to implement designs based on new movies and TV shows. Sure The Mandalorian already has 2 seasons out, with a third scheduled for the new year but that is certainly quicker than some of their extremely popular movies or attractions that can take many many years before they are available to collectors and guests.

Ok I know I’ve complained about this in the past, so let’s move on to these new coins. They can be found in the Downtown Disney district on the West Coast in California. Located inside the old Rainforest Cafe building which has been transformed into a Star Wars themed Trading Post.

Photo courtesy of Kelly B

Just inside the main entrance to the Trading Post on the left side is where this new medallion machine has been placed. The cabinet is wonderful. You know me, I love themed cabinets and this one looks great and fits right in with the wall color and design.

Photo courtesy of Kelly B

Unfortunately I was not able to actually visit this machine in person, but I have heard from fellow collectors that this is already a very popular machine with guests. They seem to have quite a good inventory of each design on hand, but as we have found in the past this can change without notice.

Let’s take a nice close look at the images on each of the coins in this set. You can see among them Grogu / Baby Yoda, Mando, Ahsoka Tano and a mythosaur skull.

The reverse image on all of the coins is the same. It includes the Star Wars and Mandalorian logos along with the copyright LFL (Lucasfilms Ltd).

In case you couldn’t tell I absolutely love this set. I hope we get something similar (but not identical) here in Florida. My gut tells me if we do get a similar machine the designs will probably be identical which just seems to be how things work and I’m sure saves the vendor additional costs from having to create so many different designs.

Are you a Mandalorian fan? Will you be picking up these coins for your own collection? Would you prefer these were elongated coins / pressed pennies? Let me know down in the comments below, I’d love to heard all about it. Enjoy the rest of your day and we will be back soon. Keep on Collecting!

Guardians Mission Breakout Updated Pressed Pennies | Disney California Adventure

When I first hear murmurings on the Disney coin groups a bout new Guardians of the Galaxy pennies I immediately thought we were getting them here in EPCOT for the Cosmic Rewind attraction that opened earlier this year. But that was not the case, instead new “Updated” versions have been released at the Mission Breakout attraction in Disney California Adventure.

Every time I see pictures of the outside of this attraction it just looks amazing. The details are so unbelievable and from what I’ve seen inside that continues all the way through. Now I am not a fan of this type of drop ride so I’ll be skipping it this time around, and instead we are going to jump right over to the exit gift shop called the Collector’s Warehouse.

Photo courtesy Kelly B

As you walk through the stop it’s towards the exit door in one of the corners. At first glance it looks like a pretty standard 3-design electronic machine, but don’t let that fool you. The cabinet is nice and details for this shop, but that marquee is no marquee instead it’s actually a digital screen that changes and moves when you use it. I have not personally been out here to see it in person so I don’t have any video clips of it, however I hope to soon be heading to the west coast for a family trip and will be documenting those screens in plenty of details for future reviews.

First let me show of my glamour shot of these coins. They are really fun and have a ton of detail on them. Peter Quill Star-Lord, Groot Floral Colossus and Rocket as Pet Rodent.

On the above left is the new versions we just looked at and the right are the previous versions. They look identical, maybe with some slight detail changes around the characters but you’d need a pretty good magnifier to see those.

Instead the new variant is on the reverse side of each coin. Thanks for Boomer over at he was able to confirm that the backstamp on these coins has been changed. It appears much smaller and a bit less details in my opinion. Honestly I think I like the previous version better, but I’m one of those pesky completist so I need to get any variant versions I can get my hands on.

I love the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, characters, the new ride in Epcot, but this one in California Adventure not so much. Maybe one day my daughter will drag me on it and I’ll experience it. Hopefully instead of just a new backstamp in the near future we can get some updated front designs for either the upcoming Holiday special movie or Volume III hitting theaters in a couple years. A collector can always wish can’t he. Thanks for joining me and enjoy the rest of your week. Keep on Pressing!

Frozen still getting NEW Pressed Pennies | Disney California Adventure

Ok I really don’t want to be that guy…but really Disney we are getting more Frozen themed pressed pennies in 2022? I guess it would be one thing if these were brand new designs, but as I’ll show you shortly these are the same designs already available in Florida. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved the original Frozen and will still sing along to those songs when they pop up on my Pandora Disney playlist. The second movie I could have really done without, but honestly these pennies I could have also really done without at this point.

First let me start off by mentioning in case you missed it, today we are inside Disney California Adventure theme park. Not too far inside you find yourself on Buena Vista Street and tucked away in the back corner is a place called Kingswell (Camera) Shop. Years ago when I visited this was an actual camera shop selling mostly those disposable Kodak film cameras, but now it seems it has just been merged into the nearby stores selling the same more standard Disney merchandise.

Photo courtesy Kelly B

Many of these stores along Buena Vista street are all interconnected similar to Main Street USA in Disneyland. Each shop has it’s own set of entrance and exits and in one of these near the Kingswell shop is where you will find the newest penny press machine. I will admit this is one very pretty look machine cabinet, and I really like those little snowflakes they have inlaid with the wood. I’m sure they are luck vinyl stickers but still a very nice touch.

As promised here is a closer look at the “new” set of Frozen themed penny designs. Included are Anna, Elsa and of course my daughters favorite Olaf.

Earlier I mentioned that these are similar to designs we have here in Florida at the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT. They aren’t identical but as you can see from the above comparison they are pretty close. Elsa seems a bit more defined and better looking details to the edges of her dress and hair. At the top the Disney logo is gone from the new versions. The other designs are very similar in comparison.

I mean there is nothing wrong with them, and I guess technically the West Coast parks haven’t had designs like this so that’s fine. It just seems like a strange new set to release now. Why not put out some Encanto designs, or Turning Red. We still haven’t seen anything from those movies yet and they are much more relevant that this point in time. Guess I just need to Let it Go!! Haha sorry I couldn’t resist.

Keep on Pressing!

Small World NEW Pressed Pennies | Disneyland, CA

Based on just the title alone I’m sure that ear worm of a song has already started to repeat itself in your head. I will vow to you right now that I promise not to sing for you, and I’ll try to limit the song lyrics in this post. So if the song is still in your head after that, well you are on your own.

I’m going to assume many of you have been on this attraction at least once in one of the Disney parks, or if not maybe you saw it on TV over the years. It seems to be one of the most recognized attractions that Disney has every created. So with that in mind we are going to skip ridding it for this blog post and instead we will pretend we rode it, are exiting the attraction and now are walking towards the cute little It’s a Small World Toy Shop. You know I just realized that in Florida we don’t have a Small World Toy / Gift Shop, that’s kind of strange and seems like a missed opportunity. I wonder why?

Photo courtesy Kelly B

Inside this store of course is everything you can image Small World themed. One of the items I always laugh at when I see is the blue t-shirt that says “I conquered It’s a Small World”. Why isn’t that on a penny Disney? The penny machine is tucked away in one of the corners and is a new 8-design touch screen version that has been taking over Disneyland lately.

Look at these cuties, the classic Mary Blaire creations in all their glory just now in pressed penny form that you can slide into your pocket, and they don’t sing. That’s certainly a plus! Some of the designs include the Small World attraction facade, the little Dutch girl, Maracas player, and Toy Horse.

Also included in this set are the classic Beefeater, Can Can girl, Drummer, and my personal favorite the blinking hippo, or is she winking. You know I never can tell, but I love her just the same.

This set is unbelievably good, I can’t express how much I love these designs and it’s something I have not yet seen released here in Florida at Walt Disney World. I hope we get something like this soon, although like I said with no gift shop nearby I’m not sure where the machine would go. I hope you enjoyed this non-musical trip to collect this set of great pennies. Keep on Pressing!

NEW Space Mountain Pressed Pennies | Disneyland, CA

Now that it seems that Disneyland on the West coast has finally woken up and started giving us lots of new elongated coins, I find that it’s been hard lately trying to keep up with them to share. I’ve got a few to share with you but I’ll post them separately just so they are easier to find based on their location and probably more importantly their design theme. First up we are headed into Disneyland, over to Tomorrowland and hopping aboard a high-speed thrill ride in the dark better known at Space Mountain.

As with most penny machines at Disney you do not actually need to ride the attraction if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground.

Photo courtesy Kelly B

The machine is located near the exit where you would be able to preview the onside photographs. It is kind of tucked away in one of the corners along the glittery space wall.

Photo courtesy Kelly B

The machine cabinet has a fun future and space theme to it, nice and shiny like a new rocket ship.

Usually I tried to photograph the entire set together, but I’ve been finding with these 8-design sets sometimes not all of the coins are shown in their full glory. So I’m splitting them up to try and show more details. The set includes pennies with the Space Mountain logo, Mickey & Minnie, Mike & Sully, and Mickey Donald & Goofy all in Space Mountain ride vehicles.

The second half of this set had a couple designs with Mickey in a space suit and doing a space walk. Then we find that cute duo Chip & Dale floating around, and we end with Donald in another space suit.

This is a fun new set of elongated coins themed for one of my favorite attraction Space Mountain, and yes I will admit that the California version is far superior to our Florida version but that could just be me. Stay tuned for quite a few more new west coast Disney themed coin sets on the way. Keep on Pressing!