2017 Holiday Nickels – Disneyland and California Adventure

It’s that time of year again and as Christmas is  almost here, Disneyland has released their annual Holiday Nickel sets.  As with previous years the first set of nickels released were available at the Main Street Penny Arcade.

The images are of Mickey & Minnie Seasons Greetings 2017, Donald Duck Happy Holidays 2017, and Tinker Bell Happy New Year! 2018.

The backstamp on each of these nickels is the Disneyland Park logo with a snowflake and mistletoe.

Walking across the promenade over to California Adventure you can find the second set of holiday nickels.

The machine can be found in the Kingswell Camera shop.  The designs are of a Toy Story Alien Ornament Seasons Greetings 2017, Tow Mater Holiday Cheer 2017, and Lightning McQueen Happy New Year 2018.

Similar to the other backstamp this one has the California Adventure logo with snowflake and mistletoe.

I say this every year but these really are a cool little set and looking forward to them has become an annual event that lots of collectors enjoy.  Make sure you get a set of each before they disappear for another year.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and Holiday season!!

Merry Christmas 2017

Just like every year it’s late night / early morning and I’m wrapping some last minutes gifts.  But I wanted to take a quick break to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Thank you for coming back each week and following my adventures, and enjoying the fun of pressing pennies.  All the feedback is wonderful and I truly appreciate everyone that follows along.

Please have a safe holiday and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones, and I hope Santa brings you everything you asked for.

Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

As the years go by I’m always amazed at just how quickly times seems to fly by.  At lot has happened this past year for my family with a big relocation move, and adjusting to a new city and state.  My family has been enjoying our new surroundings and I’m thankful they were willing to partake on this big change with open minds and open hearts.

Photo credit: StudioTwelve 28

A special Thank you to everyone out there reading this.  I’m always thankful for all of you that come back week after week and follow my adventures as I aimlessly wander around trying to find pressed penny machines.  Keep all those comments and messages coming I love hearing from all of you and always enjoy answering any questions you may have about the hobby.

The above pressed penny is in my collection (somewhere) but I just couldn’t find it for some reason.  But the image above is from StudioTwelve28.com that has a wide variety of special occasion designs available.  I have quite a few of their coins in my collection and use them quite often for gifts and special thank you.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Nightmare Before Christmas Penny Set – Days of Christmas Store in Disney Springs

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and Disney has definitely started helping people in Florida get into the Holiday spirit.  It’s still a little strange to be walking through the theme parks with fake snow falling from the rooftops and Christmas trees everywhere you look but I’m still wearing shorts and a t-shirt with mid-70 degree weather.  This is going to take some getting used any.

Of course Disney also has some places that celebrate the holiday’s year round including one store in Disney Springs called the Days of Christmas.  This place is almost always very busy regardless of the time of year.  People just really love Christmas and who can blame them.  While working today I got a notification that a new 8-Design penny machine was just released and located in this store.

Inside is the biggest selection of Christmas ornaments I have ever seen, and they are Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars related.  Some can be customized which is fun to watch the cast members with steady hands working endlessly on these special souvenirs.

The dated ornaments with the year listed on them are always popular with people commemorating their trips.  I’ll admit I am one of them as well.  Towards the back of the main store is another room that has some clothing, Santa hats, and other souvenirs.  This is where I found the new machine just near the door.

I’m not sure if I’m surprise or not but this was another 8-design penny-sized token machine.  These have definitely become the popular option for new machines of late on Disney property and even Universal.

I had to double-check on some of the characters as I didn’t initially remember all their names.  This is a pretty cool set and I’m sure this is a first appearance in coin form for a lot of these characters.  The designs include images of: Jack Skellington, Sally & Jack in the moonlight, Zero, Oogie Boogie, the Mayor of Halloween town, Sally with a veil, Jack clasping his hands, and Barrel.

As usual I have not intel on whether this is a temporary machine or not.  But since this store is holiday themed all year round, and does include quite a bit of Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise I think it’s a same assumption that this machine will be around for a while.  This is a very popular movie, and people really love these characters so I’m sure this machine will be very popular.  Make sure to get your set as this is definitely a nice additional to any collection.


Happy Thanksgiving 2016!

The Holiday season is officially upon us.  As I sit here in my dining room I can smell our turkey cooking, and my children are running around exited to see all their cousins.  I can’t help but just sit back and just be thankful for my family and friends.


To all of you out there I would like to say thank you again for coming back week after week to continue our adventures in pressed penny collecting.  It means a lot to know that so many of you share this hobby and are just as obsessed as I am.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, and please be safe if you are traveling.

Happy 4th of July 2016

Happy 4th of July!!

I always enjoy trying to find new coins that represent some of our holidays and this year I luckily found a wonderful brand new set.  Being a member of TEC allows me to also join the TEC Yahoo Group which is an easy way for members to communication with each other.  Sometimes tips are sent out, or missing coins get requested, and my favorite new unique pressed coins made available.  This year Tyler Tyson put together this fantastic set of 4 designs.  I opted to receive all 4 designs in a denominational set which just means you get them on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.  Considering the hard work Tyler put into these sets the fee was very reasonable and I appreciate everything he did make these available.


The designs include images of a Liberty Head Profile, Eagle Head, a Rocket, and Uncle Sam’s Top Hat.  I wanted to make sure you could see all the detail so here are some close-ups.  First is the set of Pennies.


Here are the images pressed on Nickels.


Rare to find pressed Dimes so I always get them when I can.


Last but certainly not least is the set of Quarters.


I hope everyone has a great 4th of July and more importantly a safe holiday.  Enjoy your time with family and friends with some great food and hopefully fireworks.  If anyone needs me I’ll be in the pool enjoying the sun and some BBQ.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my Irish friends.  Make sure to raise a pint and chow down on some corned beef and cabbage.  My Aunt lives in Ireland and always jokes about how America’s celebrate St. Patrick’s day but what can I say it’s one of my favorite holidays and corned beef is one of my weaknesses.

St Patricks Day

However you decide to celebrate, enjoy this special holiday whether you are Irish or not.  It’s a great day to let loose and have some fun.

Happy New Year 2016

The ball has just dropped and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  As I watched the festivities in Times Square New York it dawned on me that I had the perfect pressed pennies for just such an occasion.

New Years Eve 03

Millions of people watch the famous ball drop every New Years Eve in the most famous city in the world.  Sometimes I forget just how  close to that special place I actually live. Now I’ve never had the slightest urge to actually go into the city to watch the ball drop live, but have walked right through that area numerous times over the years.

New Years Eve 02

Times square is located at Broadway and West 42nd Street as shown in the penny design below.  There is also a Times square information center which is where I pressed these designs about 6 years ago.  Unfortunately the machine at this location has been removed but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them as we celebrate the starting of 2016.

New Years Eve 01

Be safe and make sure to complete your resolutions.  Mines easy collect more pennies how can I possibly not fulfill that goal.  Thanks for a great 2015 and here’s to a fantastic 2016!!

Disney California Adventure Holiday Nickels 2015

As a special after Christmas gift I received a small envelope in the mail today and was surprised to find the second set of Holiday nickels from California.  These pressed coins became available just a short while ago in the Disney California Adventure park, and the machine can be found in the Los Feliz Five & Dime on Buena Vista Street.

DCA - Holiday Nickels 2015

The designs on these nickels include Mickey wishing everyone a Happy Holiday’s 2015, Minnie saying Season’s Greetings, and Mickey with a top happy New Years 2016.

This should complete the holiday nickel sets for this year, unless Disney decides to surprise us with another machine which is potentially possible.  But if the last few years are any indication this should be it, just one machine (3 designs) for each of the California parks.

Now I just have the painstaking task of waiting another 365 days before I can try to get next years coins.  But I’m sure I’ll find a lot of other coins between now and then which should keep me busy.  Happy Holidays!!