Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!

I hope you have a wonderful day with your friends and Family. This is such a fun and festive time of year that we look forward to it all year long and once it’s over we start looking to next year. Enjoy the day and make sure to always be safe.

Thanks for being such a great community and group of friends to us here. We truly appreciate you visiting each week and love hearing from you. Happy Holidays!!

Living with the Land NEW Pressed Penny Set – Epcot

So we are halfway through the month of December.   This is the time of year that I begin to try and prepare myself for the chaos that ensues when Disney starts releasing the new dated coins all over property.  I assumed those would be the next “new” coins, but then they tried to sneak a new machine over at The Land Pavilion in Epcot.

My family was heading into Epcot for the Candlelight Processional the day after I had heard about this new machine.  So things couldn’t have worked out better.  After we had dinner there was a little time to spare before the show was to start, which gave me the opportunity to visit The Land.

When you walk into this pavilion you are on the second floor.  Directly across is the Garden grill revolving restaurant and just to the right of that is where the coin press machines were located.

There used to a 3 design penny machine and a 3 design quarter machine (see above) here but both have now been removed.  The quarter machine had one of the 2019 dated designs so this may be the beginning of those being retired.

Above is a picture I took to show that both of those old machines are gone and only the new 8-design machine is there along with a dog-tag engraving machine.

Here is a close up of the machine.  It has a similar cabinet design to the previous machines and blends in nicely with The Land Pavilion theme.

The internal working of the press is always very mesmerizing to me.  I enjoy getting down close and watching as it presses my coins.

Here is a picture of the marquee on the top of the machine with the designs available in this set.  Same price as the other similar machines, $1 per penny or all 8 for $5.

Finally above is pictured my complete set after pressing.  There are some fun designs in this set and some characters we don’t see very often like Bambi and Jiminy Cricket.

The entire set has the works “Living with the Land” on them which are in reference to the classic slow movie boat ride that takes you through The Land Pavilion greenhouse.  It’s not a very thrilling ride but has some fun information along the way and you get to see where they grow some of the produce used in the restaurants all over property.

Will this be the last new set before those 2020 coins start showing up.  I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date on where and when that all starts happening.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already time to start the Holiday season.  This past year has really been amazing and being able to chat with so many of you about our hobby has been something I never thought possible.  The support and interest I hear about on a daily basis from readers is truly something to be thankful for and just fuels my passion for these funny little souvenirs.  Did you know we were selected as one of the top 75 Coin Blogs for 2019?  We were a bit down the list (#45) but still what a fantastic achievement and it’s all thanks to you for visiting and sharing the hobby.

I started this all back in 2014 as just a way to document my penny collection and family vacations, but here we are going into the 6th year and we are stronger than ever.  I’ve tried to expand where you can find us through Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and even on YouTube where we make fun videos about all the different pressed pennies we collect.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check these out as they help expand on some of the blog posts I make here.

There are so many more places to visit and new coins to find that I have no plans to slow down.  I’m always thankful for all of you that come back week after week.  Please 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 pictured pressed penny is from the Bass Pro Shop in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  I actually thought it would have been easier to find a pressed penny with a Turkey but apparently, they are not very common.  At least in my collection.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Hontoon Island State Park – DeLand, FL

Recently I was doing some research for places to find pressed pennies.  Don’t worry we have plenty of places to visit.  But I wanted to take a bit of a break from the theme parks and thought some unique locations around Florida might be a nice change.  Something jumped out at me as I noticed a large number of State Parks have pressed pennies.  So I created a new to-do list and figured we would start checking them out.  Just this past weekend my youngest daughter tagged along as we visited our first park.

We drove north to Hontoon Island State Park which took us on quite a drive on some back roads and through a residential neighborhood before we finally found it.

The parking lot is a bit strange as it’s just located between a couple houses, and the property wasn’t very big.

Then it dawned on me that this was actually just the parking lot, you actually needed to find a way over to the Island.  For some reason when I saw Hontoon ISLAND State Park, I didn’t realize it was actually on an island.

They do offer a free ferry that will take you over to the island, but please note the ferry is not very large and can only hold about 6 people at a time.  Also, the ferry stops running at a specific time each afternoon.  Make sure you don’t miss that last ferry or you may need to try and convince a nearby fisherman to take you back across in their boat.  The last ferry time is posted near the Ranger Station on the island, so take note.

Once we were on the island it has plenty of picnic tables, a large playground for the kids, and quite a few barbeques available should you want to make some lunch.

My daughter just loved the large open areas so she could run around and the playground had plenty of kids to play with.  There was a birthday party going on under a covered patio area which I guess you would book at the ranger station if interested.

There were a few benches located along the waterfront which made for a nice place to just sit and enjoy the view.  I’m not sure if Manatees frequent this area during the winter months but this does seem like the perfect place for them.

Back near where the ferry drops you off on the island is the Ranger Station and a few other inside areas.

At the far end, opposite from the Ranger Station is the Visitor Center.

Inside is a small museum with lots of information about the Island and the State Park which is really interesting.  My daughter was not so intrigued and started asking for some ice cream.

To try and find her some ice cream we headed next door to the Island Store.

This was a cute little general store with a decent selection of items you may need while visiting the island.  They had charcoal for the barbeques, or snacks like chips and candy, plus plenty of cold drinks.  Thankfully they also had a cooler in the corner with plenty of ice cream bars.

Near the ice cream cooler and drink fridge was the penny press machine tucked away in the opposite corner.

The machine was on wheels which were interesting but I’m sure it’s just so they can more easily move it around the store as they change things around.  The wheels were locked firmly so when I used the machine it didn’t move around and was easily to use.

The penny designs included a Snake, a Bear, an Alligator, and the Owl Totem which is located in the park.

Quick side note, here is a picture of the Owl Totem from out in the park.

After we pressed our pennies we headed up to the cash register to pay for our ice cream and I noticed in the glass case they had some pressed penny books and extra pressed pennies from the machine.

We went back over near the playground to enjoy our ice cream.  My daughter then continued to play on the playground for while until the birthday party (we were not invited to) started to dispurse.  I figured that was a good time to try and ensure we get back to the main land before the ferry stops running.  This was definitely a unique state park to visit and we had a lot of fun.  The pressed pennies are a great memento I have of this great afternoon we had and can’t wait to check out our next state park.

2019 TEC Member Coin

My apologies for the short post this week.  We were out of town on vacation last week and I’m playing a bit of catch up this week.  Stay tuned for future posts on our vacation and all the pressed penny machines we encountered along the way.  Have a great week!

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I always enjoy getting my latest edition of The Elongated Collectors (TEC) newsletter when it arrives in my email inbox.  The only downside to the digital version is that I get to see the coins that will eventually be mailed to my home.  Those coins do arrive pretty quickly but the anticipation is always a pain.  This latest issue included the always anticipated Member coin

The artwork was done by Paul Conner, and the original design and concept were by Tyler Tyson both TEC members.  Tyler also rolled the design on nickels.  This year’s design is a new twist on a classic 1904 elongated known as “On the Pike”.  The TEC mascot is the always knowledgeable Owl, so Tyler decided to have the Own on the Pike.

I’ve mentioned this in the past but if you are even a casual collector of elongated (pressed) coins this is a club you need to join.  The membership fee is very reasonable.  You can opt for a digital version of the quarterly newsletter that arrives in your email which saves you a few dollars on your membership but you still get the coins in the mail.  The members are fantastic and always there to assist with any questions or inquiries you may have.  There is a lot of coin trading and special member meet-ups throughout the year that I would encourage you to take advantage of.

If your interested in learning more about TEC please check out the website www.tecnews.org.  You can even fill out a membership form directly on the website.  Feel free to list that you were referred by TEC Member #4237.  This won’t get you any special treatment (sorry) but TEC always likes to keep track of how all the members find out about the club.  Happy Collecting!

(Closed) Contest – Win a Set of 2019 Walt Disney World Pressed Coins

** Thank you to everyone that entered.  The contest has closed and the winner has been contacted by email.   Check back for future contests.

Congratulations Jordynn for being the lucky winner!


This is a chance for you to get a complete set of the 2019 Pressed Coins that I had written about in a previous post.   Click here to read all about them and get more details on each coin.  This will include all 17 coins (9 Pennies and 8 Quarters) which also includes the Minnie Mouse quarter that was only available for a short time before being removed.

As stated above this is a FREE contest.  To enter just post a comment below with what your very first pressed coin was and where you got it.  Can’t remember, no problem just post what your favorite pressed coin is and how you acquired it.  Simple right!

Post as many times as you like, and be sure to spread the word.  This is always a lot of fun when there is a lot of participation. The contest will end on June 30th, 2019.  At that time I’ll randomly select a winner and will contact you for your mailing information.

If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by our Youtube channel: davidscointravels and subscribe for videos all about pressed coins including updates on new Walt Disney World pennies.  Your support there helps us offer these types of contests.

Good luck!!

**Please note this is just for entertainment purposes.  This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by The Walt Disney Company.

Pressed Penny Jewelry and unique Art

There was quite a few new penny machines released this past week on Walt Disney World property and I promise to review those within the upcoming weeks.  But I came across a few things online that were pressed penny related that I thought were really interesting and wanted to share.

I’m sure you have seen the rubber pennybandz that you can buy at a lot of places where penny press machines are located.  They are just plastic wrist bands you can wear that allow you to insert a pressed penny into it for display.  I’m not sure how popular these are as I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone wearing one.  However I was browsing through Etsy the other night and came across something that seemed more jewelry-like.

The Etsy store is called JustCharmsByPam and she has some charm bracelets that have a full set of pressed pennies on them.  The pressed pennies have a hole punched in the top and threaded onto the bracelet with some other fun charms included.  The above is a Nightmare before Christmas theme and she has a few other styles as well.

Another version I found in her store had the Pirates of the Caribbean penny set.  These bracelets do see pretty hefty but look to be a fun gift for any pressed penny enthusiast.

Just a day or two ago I was up late cataloguing some new pennies when I decided to browse my Reddit account and see if there was any new Disney news.  Of course there are always tons of rumors, and people posting about their vacations, but then something really beautiful caught my eye.

There was not a lot listed in the post other than the above picture but I was stunned by this.  I went into the comments to find more details and was able to get the artist’s website.  Her name is Bry Marie and her website is brymariearts.com.  She is an artists that paints these beautiful designs on pressed pennies, but also non-pressed penny (just a regular penny).

I found another one of Alice in Wonderland on a pressed penny and was almost speechless.  The colors are really fantastic and being able to paint on such a small canvas is really intriguing.

The above is the Alice coin just at a slightly different angle.  You can see a little more of the pressed penny detail below the paint.  She does sell these through her website, the price can seem a little high but when you take into account the detail and work that must go into these I think they are worth every penny (ha).  Unfortunately at this time her painted pressed pennies are out of stock, but I will definitely be keeping an eye on her site so I can pick some up when they are available again.

I hope you enjoyed the hard work these artists put into their products.  These are not paid advertisements.  I came across them online and wanted to share them with all of you.  Be sure to keep your eyes open when surfing online as you never know what you may come across that is pressed penny related.  If you do find any other unique uses for pressed pennies please be sure to commend below so I can check them out.

davidscointravels Office Tour

A few years ago when I first got this blog started I had someone reach out asking for me to post about my collection.  From time to time I have posted some info about how I store my collection, or how to scan pennies onto your computer but I’ve never done a full tour of my office.  Lately this seems to be a topic quite a few people are interested in but to be honest I never thought it would be all that interesting.  However now that we have moved to Florida the office has become a place for not just my collection, and where I write the articles, or edit the videos but now it’s also where I keep all my Disney collectibles.  Hopefully this sheds a little insight into where all the magic happens.

I do have a full-time job and the blog and penny collecting are just hobbies.  Thankfully I’m able to work remotely and when we were having our house built we took that into account when we designed the office.  This allowed for additional electrical outlets and network connections for not just the work equipment but all the personal hardware too.  The office is at the front of our house which gets a lot of the Florida sunshine beaming in.

  As you walk into the office my wife found me a print of Hipster Mickey enjoying a Dole Whip float which makes me smile each time I walk in.

When we made our move from New Jersey to Florida along I-95 just over the border into South Carolina is the famous South of the Border.  They have gift shops, restaurants and all stores of other things to do.  We took the opportunity to stretch our legs and check out the gift shop.  I came across this wall mounted Tiki art and just had to have it.  This is also where I hang my ‘Ohana leis.

Over top of the storage closet I have some large prints of some historic Walt Disney World construction images.  I always thought it was interesting to see a Monorail train being listed onto the track, or Epcot’s spaceship earth empty inside.

Along the far wall are some vintage WDW attraction posters like Pirates, or the Monorail / Contemporary Resort.  There are more on the other side that we will get to shortly.  Then I have some floating shelves for my Magic Bands, POP Figures and other miscellaneous collectibles.  If you have a sharp eye you may notice the famous “Chosen One” red cards hanging from one of the shelves, this is actually a replica I got off Etsy that I just had to have.

Continuing on this side of the office is my iMac that does all the heavy workload of the blog and video editing for YouTube.  The dual screens in the corner is part of the hardware for my non-penny related job.  I am also a proud member of Disney’s D23  and have my membership certificate framed for display.  My cork board had my calendar, TEC member cards, and our magic bands that we use primarily at the parks.

One year for Christmas I was given a set of coasters that were themed after the Haunted Mansion.  Each one has a different Tombstone poem from the park attraction.  The one I use most of the time is “Dear departed brother Dave, he chased a bear into a cave.”  Also along the windowsill is where I have my Disney Transportation collection.  There is a scale model of the parking lot Trams, Monorail, different Bus designs, and even a small matchbox car of the Test Track vehicle.

On the opposite wall are more attraction posters for Epcot, Tomorrowland, the Haunted Mansion and the Tiki Room.  The larger cork board over here is where we keep a lot of our pins and lanyards from parks like Universal, Legoland and Disney Pin Trading.

There are two bookcases here that store my frequently used equipment and supplies.  There are more of these bookcases in the closet with more binders filled with pressed coins.

The case on the right side had my Hitchhiking Ghosts figure by Jim Shore.  There is also a model of the Disney Dream cruise ship which my wife and I went on a couple of years ago.  I got this model in the onboard gift shop and ended up meeting the Captain who signed it for me.  Below that is where I store the 2×2 plastic binder pages that hold all my pressed coins.  Next are some coin roll boxes for pennies and quarters, this helps ensure I always have plenty of change for my trips.  Then there are the small plastic bags I use for temporary storage of coins I collect, a flat cinch stapler with staples, and my travel case that is usually in my car.

Below that is my Yesterday’s Elongated guide which is a great resource for some older pressed pennies.  There is my main camera the Sony a6000, and my daughters Wilderness Explorers guidebook from the Animal Kingdom.  On the bottom shelf are the 4 and 5 inch three-ring binders for all my Walt Disney World coins, Disneyland coins, a separate binder just for retired WDW coins.  On the right side is my Disney Pin Trading binder, and a book that has all the Disney park maps since the park opened.

The bookcase on the left has my Harry Potter Elder Wand, and my basic magic band collection.  I actually found an acrylic watch display on eBay which works perfectly for these bands.  On the next shelf down I have the small labels I use for each coin, and packages of the 2×2 elongated coin cardboard holders.

The bottom has some of the binders that store my pressed coin collection.  This is my attempt to keep them as organized as possible.  This is an ever-growing collection that I’ve been working on for years.  I prefer to collect coins at places I have actually been to and pressed in person.  But I do have a lot of friends around the country that know of my obsession and love to send me their local coins as gifts and I cherish each one of them.

See what did I tell you not too exciting, but it’s where I do all the work to share this hobby with everyone.  It’s my sanctuary where I can enjoy the things I love, and help keep my collection organized and from getting too out of control.  Now it’s time to pull the curtain back across the room and get back to work.

Bass Pro Shop – Fort Myers, Fl

Our vacation was quickly coming to an end but we still had a few days left.  Unfortunately it was time to say goodbye to South Beach and start the trip back up to Central Florida.  But we had decided to take a little detour along the way.  When I was young we had taken a trip along the famous Alligator Alley (Highway 75) and I wanted to do the same trip this time around.  I had these memories of alligators lining the sides of the highway as we drove mile after mile through the Everglades.

To my dismay after driving along this stretch of highway those memories must have been larger than life.  There were fences lining both sides of the highway and as my wife and kids kept vigilant watch out through the windows we didn’t see one single alligator.

After we drove west on 75 we eventually found ourselves in Fort Myers.  This was where I had planned to stop for the day/night and stay over to break up the trip home.  Just off the highway we found the Gulf Coast Town Center which was like a big box store shopping area.  There were a couple of hotels with plenty of vacancies so we checked in.  Once in the hotel we opened the curtains and were face to face with a Bass Pro Shop.  I’ve been to a few of these in past adventures and even a few Cabela stores which are similar.  These huge hunting and finishing super stores are really just amazing to me.  My wife and oldest daughter were a little tired so they decided to stay in the room and rest, but my youngest was on board to check out the store.

I’ve mentioned this in previous posts that I’m not a hunter or fisherman, and if left along out in the woods I would probably starve to death.  But these outdoor superstores are really intriguing to me.  I could spend hours just wandering around checking out all the finishing poles, camouflage gear, and barbecue equipment.

We spent a good amount of time just going up and down all the aisles in the fishing section.  The selection of poles, lures and other tech is really amazing.  The fish don’t seem to have a chance.  My daughter was fascinated with the large “aquarium” tank behind the counter that was filled with all sorts of fish.

Did I mention hot sauces?  There is an entire area of this store dedicated to hot sauces of all kinds.  They range from supposedly mild, to bottles with big black cross bone warring signs on them.  Some are more unique like a white hot sauce, and even some made with moonshine.

The second floor gave a nice overview of just how big this store is, and the selection of merchandise in stock.

This second floor is also where I found the barbecue section which I always enjoy.  I’ve been working on my BBQ and smoker techniques for a few years and have gotten pretty good.  All these different grills and smokers, wood chips, thermometers, and other gadgets has me in heaven but my wallet won’t be so happy.

Back down on the main floor towards the back of the building is a huge replica mountain that is decorated with stuffed animals, but does have a real fish tank in it.  This seems to be a favorite of the kids as they all seem to congregate around this area.

Lucky for me right next to this tank was the pressed penny machine.  While my daughter watched the fish I quickly pressed a set of coins.

Usually these designs at Bass Pro Shops are all very similar but they do always have the specific city location listed on each of the designs.  This set included the standard Bass Pro Shops logo, a Sailboat and beach, an Alligator, and a Crane.

After dragging my daughter away from the fish tank, we made our way to the check out area so I could buy my new BBQ equipment and loaded it up in the car.  We met up with my wife and other daughter for dinner, and spend the early evening in the hotel pool relaxing.  Our vacation was almost over and we only had one more day to get  back home.  But our trip had time for one last stop before going home.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – Miami, FL

After our first and only night at Disney’s Vero Beach we had decided I would take our two daughters down to the beach while my wife had some spa time.  This was a huge hit with our kids and after a good couple hours down there in the sand and surf as is always the case we had to drag them away.  But there were promises of more beach days as our vacation continued that week.  We got cleaned up and checked out of Vero Beach so we could get on road for the second half of our journey.

The highway took us straight down south and eventually over to South Beach Miami to our hotel for the next few days.

The hotel was nice, room was very modern and appeared to be recently renovated.  The only issue we encountered was no bath tub.  Now for my wife and I that’s not a big deal but our two daughters who were 5 and 2 years old made for an interesting bath time each evening.

We had a nice view from our balcony of the harbor and if you looked closely between some of the towering skyline you could see the beach only a block away.  Once we were settled into our room and unpacked it was about time to start thinking about dinner.  I found online a place called the Bayside Marketplace that wasn’t too far away and seemed like it would have a nice selection of places to eat.  We hopped in the car and headed over.

It was starting to get a bit late and we were all pretty hungry so we picked one of the first places we found which was Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

As luck would have it there was a pressed penny machine right near the entrance.  Well full disclosure here, I knew about this machine and had planned to visit here just to use the machine later in our trip, but since we were hungry I figured we may as well drop in and eat as well.  I’m pretty sure my wife knew what I was up to.

The machine was a four design hand crank model.  It was mounted to a platform with wheels so it could be moved around easily.  I would guess it’s just to store it inside when the restaurant is not open, but just be aware its location may change.

The designs were of a Bucket of Shrimp, Forrest playing Ping Pong, Run Forest Run, and Forest on the Bus bench.  All of the designs say Miami, Florida which makes for fun memento of each location you visit.  I do have a few other sets from different locations around the country and they are designed very similarly.

The restaurant is filled with nods to the movie Forest Gump, and lots of memorabilia up on the walls.

Screen worn clothing and props are in all the corners of the restaurant and gift shop.  We spent quite a bit of time after our meal just wandering around looking at the items.

Even the table had some motivational quotes from the movie while you waited for your food.  This restaurant can get loud as the night-time crowd arrives, but the food was good with as you can guess plenty of Shrimp dishes to choose from.  After dinner we did walk around a bit, but I could tell everyone was getting tired.  We headed back towards our hotel but took a quick pit stop over to the beach.

The sun set was beautiful and always seems more special with the crashing waves rolling up onto the beach sand.  After we had enjoyed some fresh ocean air it was time to head back into our hotel for some sleep as we had a big day ahead of us, and plenty more pressed penny machines to find.