A few weeks ago I posted about a friend of mine from work taking a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. He was nice enough to acquire quite a few new pennies that I hadn’t be able to collect at that time. However there were two new machines that he was unable to obtain during their trip.
Knowing there are new pennies out there and not in my collection is like an itch I can’t scratch. I try not to think about it, but my subconscious remembers and brings it up every so often. When it does come to mind I would reach out to some of my fellow collectors that live in Florida to see if they were able to get them for me, but unfortunately this is a busy time of year and visiting a theme park is not always top on the priority list and I can’t hold that against them at all.
Then just a few days ago the itch was back. With all my other options exhausted I decided to try good old eBay. The only problem with eBay and trying to find pressed pennies is that you really need to work on the search description. If you aren’t specific enough you get all sorts of crazy listings that have nothing to do with what you’re actually looking for.
First I checked out the listings of my usual sellers that almost always come through for me, but this time nothing. I tried my luck at the old fashion search and it did take a few tries but I did manage to find what I was looking for. I placed my bid, won the auction and immediately paid so I could get the new pennies as soon as possible.
A few days later I came home from work and found a magical brown envelope in my mail with an eBay postage sticker and I knew it was them. The designs were really great.
The first new machine was at the Japanese Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It is located at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to the Katsura Grill (great place to eat by the way, if you haven’t tried it do so on your next trip). The designs include a Traveling Mickey, Minnie, Duffy, and one of Mickey and Minnie kissing.
The second machine was also located in the Japanese Pavilion and is near the entrance to the Mitsukoshi Department Store. The designs are Kimono Minnie, Kimono Mickey, Mickey, and Daisy.
I immediately included these new pennies into my collection and couldn’t wait to post about them online. I’m sure these will become more available as time go on. It is the holiday season and it seems like most people visiting Disney this time of year may not be spending too much time in Epcot. For now the itch it gone and my collection is complete again. Thankfully it never lasts too long.