Encom Flynn Lives (TRON) Elongated Coins | Privately Designed

I remember watching videos when Shanghai Disney opened with all their fancy new attractions including the iconic Tron coaster. Now I will admit that the Tron movies were never really my favorite. One thing is true though, the light cycles were amazing and seemed like only time (ahem almost 40 years) before Disney turned those into an attraction at the parks.

The Tron coaster version has just officially opened here in Florida at the Magic Kingdom, after what seems like way longer than it probably should have to be completed. This is an attraction I’ve been looking forward to for a long time and was able to experience it during a special preview a few weeks ago. It’s a high speed thrilling coaster that I actually think many guests will be able to enjoy even if you aren’t a big coaster fan. But something I would have been even more excited about would be the prospect of some new elongated coins for this attraction. Unfortunately as we have seen with many other new Disney attractions they open with plenty of new merchandise but no pennies, at least not for the first few years, and it seems like this is also the case so far with Tron.

To help tide us over in the mean time I did come across a new design from our friend and designer Don Cade. This design shows off the classic Encom logo which is the fictional computer technology corporation in Tron. Kevin Flynn was a gifted computer programmer employed at Encom who created some best-selling video games including Space Paranoids, Matrix Blaster and Light Cycles.

Don has this design available in a few different denominations, and there is also a variant design that has a special backstamp image of the Disneyland / WDW Pressed Coin Collector logo he created. If you are interested in this or any of Don’s other designs you can contact him through a few different elongated coin facebook groups that I have linked here.

Welcome to the Grid, and as always Keep on Pressing!


Disney’s Riviera Resort NEW Pressed Pennies

Flash back to December 2019 and the highly anticipated brand new Disney Vacation Club Resort the Riviera grand opened. Just a couple days before the official opening and a photo leaked online of a new pressed penny machine for the resort. Thankfully my family had secured a dining reservation at the Topolino restaurant for opening night so I figured I could marked off two things at once. Check out the brand new resort and get a brand new set of pressed pennies. Unfortunately after our amazing meal (more on that later) we wondered around there resort but couldn’t find the penny machine anywhere. I even checked with quite a few Cast Members who remember seeing it days before during some of their training sessions and were stumped as to where it may have gone. Collectors were left hanging for almost three years, but I’m here to tell you that the missing machine has finally returned!

The Riviera Resort was building on a large piece of land that was originally part of the Caribbean Beach Resort. It’s located right along Buena Vista Drive which runs right through Disney property so we got quite a look at it throughout the construction process. So far to date I have not stayed here, but I have visited quite a few times. I just love the exterior look of the resort.

It’s themed with both French and Italian inspirations. The cast members will even greet you when you come and go in both French and Italian.

The main lobby is not huge but has plenty of seating. With most resort check-in being on before arrival online the large desks for check-in are a thing of the past. Here some cast members are available with digital tablets to help you with any questions or issues and most of the time will just sit in these large chairs or couches for a more comfortable experience.

There are many things to love about this resort, but one that sticks out in my mind is the amazing art work everywhere you go. Many are gorgeous painting all of which have prints available for sale in the main gift shop, but they even have some fun photos of Walt and his family on their own trips overseas.

Outside are plenty of activities available for you and your family like Bocce ball, or maybe you prefer to play a gigantic game of Chess on the lawn. Of course there is also a wonderful pool with plenty of seating around, and a special kids splash pad with water slide for your younger companions.

On the very top floor of the resort is a fantastic restaurant called Topolino’s Terrace. We were told that Topolino is Italian for Mickey Mouse or at least that’s how he is referred to there, I believe the direct translation is “Little Mouse”.

My family has visited this restaurant I believe 4 times. Once for breakfast and three times for dinner, it’s truly that good. Dinner is by far our favorite, although if you visit for breakfast you will get to meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy. For dinner we enjoyed a complimentary basket with French Baguettes and both French and Italian Olive Oils to experience the different between them. One of my favorite appetizers is the fresh Burrata that also comes with these very thin crackers, and yes that is shaved black truffles on the top. We have tried quite a few different main entrees but our favorite is always the Filet Mignon, probably the best I’ve had on Disney property.

While we are on the subject of food, the resort also does have a quick service option down on the first floor can Primo Piatto. There are some great salads, sandwiches and gelato available here, plus as you can see from the photo above this is also the general area where you can now find that mysterious pressed penny machine.

Something interesting here is that the original photo that leaked back in 2019 of this machine had it in a darker colored cabinet. I’m not sure the reasoning behind changing it, but this does seem to fit the surrounding decor a bit better with the more subtle plain white color.

The penny designs available at this machine include a great one of the Riviera Resort’s logo that I really like, and then the rest are a collection of our favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto in what I guess can be considered French and Italian clothing and activities. Sure let’s go with that.

I am very excited that this machine finally was made available. For quite awhile many of us collectors figured it was gone for good and maybe only available to the Cast Members that were working their leading up to the grand opening back in 2019. If you are visiting this resort or just stopping through be sure to check out the penny machine and if you are able to score a coveted reservation for Topolino’s you won’t be disappointed. Keep on Pressing!

Walt Disney World – 100th Anniversary Pressed Pennies (Complete)

Just a quick disclaimer that this post will include information on the special 100th Anniversary Pressed Pennies available in Walt Disney World Florida. If you are interested in information about the Disneyland 100th (California) Pennies Click Here. There is no information at this time as to how many total designs will be released, but I will work to keep this updated as best I can.

If you have any updates, pictures or information on new machines and penny designs please let know in the comments. Keep on Collecting!

Our friends over at the Disney Coin Pressers Facebook group have been helping to keep us up to date with all the new penny releases. They have also created a PDF printable list that I have linked here for you to use. Keep on Pressing!

** Updated 03/31/2023: Currently rumors are circulating that all of the pressed penny designs have been released with a total of 69 individual designs all of which we have reviewed below. I have no firm confirmation if this is true, but if we find more designs released in the future I’ll be sure to keep this post updated. Thank you to everyone that helped track down all of these wonderful pennies!

Magic Kingdom


When visiting the Magic Kingdom once you have scanned your Magic Band, or park ticket at the entrance before going under the train station, if you head all the way over to the left side you will find the Newsstand and the penny machine beside it. Here you will find a 100th Anniversary penny featuring Cinderella with her two mice friends Jaq and Gus Gus.

Main Street Train Station

** Special Thank you to Super Fan for reporting the Main Street Train Station penny designs **

On the first floor of the Main Street Train Station directly behind the big double staircase is where you will find the next penny machine. Just note there are two separate machines here, but only one of them will have new 100th Anniversary designs. Here the pennies will have images of Maleficent, Madame Leota, the Mad Hatter & Cheshire Cat, and Miguel & Dante from Coco.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

You do not need a reservation at Tony’s Town Square to visit this pressed penny machine. It can be found in the waiting area of the restaurant near the restrooms. The design on this penny is a very adorable one of Lady and the Tramp sharing a long string of spaghetti from their infamous movie scene.


On the opposite side of Main Street just head inside the Firehouse and you will find a very strange looking piece of fire fighting machinery, but that is actually the penny machine. Here is is just one 100th Anniversary penny design and it’s of Cruella deVille.


As you stroll along Main Street be sure to head inside the Emporium also known as the giant Souvenir Shop, and just inside the doors closed to the Train Station direction) you will find the first machine. The machine offers 8 designs, but only 4 of them are part of the 100th Celebration and has designs of Captain Hook, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan Wendy & Think, and Pinocchio.

This second machine is a bit hard for me to explain where it can be found. If you are walking through the Emporium starting from the park entrance side and heading in the direction of the castle you will come across the machine about halfway through the store. Even though this is one large building that extends down the entire length of Main Street it’s actually three different stores that are inner-connected. The penny designs here are of Mickey & Minnie, Donald & Daisy, Goofy & Pluto, and Chip & Dale.

Hall of Champions

If you were just inside the Emporium above keep heading in the direction of the castle and the store at the end closed to Casey’s Corner is actually called the Hall of Champions. At this machine there are four 100th Anniversary designs available to press and include images of Dumbo, Jasmine & Abu, Snow White and Merida from Brave.

Heritage House

This machine is actually located near the exit to the Hall of Presidents attraction. There is actually a pathway that goes behind the Sleepy Hallow food stand leading towards the Hall of Presidents. In this little back alley you can find the machine all by it’s lonesome. There are three penny designs here of Baymax, Jack Skellington, and Woody.


Living Seas SeaBase Alpha Gift Shop

Inside the Living Seas Pavilion at the exit to the Nemo Attraction, or you can bypass the ride and just enter through the Sea Base Alpha Gift Shop to find this machine. The four designs here are of Remi, Figment, Ariel & Flounder, and Nemo & Dory.

Port of Entry Gift Shop

As you enter into the World Showcase there are two large gift shops, the first is towards the Canada Pavilion side and is called Port of Entry. Inside there is a 3-design pressed penny machine, but only one of the designs is celebrating the 100th and has the cutest image of little Grogu (Baby Yoda).

Disney Traders Gift Shop

The sister store this the one above is towards the Mexico side called Disney Traders. Inside is another 3-design penny machine with one special penny available for the 100th with another adorable design of Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Norway Pavilion The Fjording Gift Shop

As you head around the World Showcase take a little stop at the Norway Pavilion. All the way in the back is The Fjording Gift Shop (this is also where you exit if you ride the Frozen Ever After attraction) and you will find the pressed penny machine. The single design available here for the 100th Anniversary is of Anna, Elsa and Olaf.

International Gateway Gift Shop

This one can bit a bit difficult to find. This gift shop is near the entrance / exit in-between the France and UK pavilions, also where you would go if you are heading towards the Boardwalk Inn, Yacht & Beach Club resorts or the Disney Skyliner. The penny machine here also has just one design available for the 100th with a fun image of Lumber and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast.

Hollywood Studios

Oscar’s Super Service (Near front of the Park)

Just inside the park entrance if you head towards the right you will find Oscar’s Super Service. This is also where you would go to rent a Stroller, Wheelchair or ECV. Inside the little shop you will find the machine near the exit doors. There is only one design available here for the 100th and it’s of Kermit the Frog in his fanciest Tuxedo.

Hollywood Junction

This second machine is just a little stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and you will see a nice water fountain on the right side. There is a small building there called Hollywood Junction and this machine can be found around back of this building right beside an ATM. The designs available here include Lightning McQueen & Mater, Indiana Jones, BB-8 and R2-D2.

Animal Kingdom

Discovery Trading Co Gift Shop

As you enter the park and head towards the Tree of Life, there is a large gift shop on your right side called the Discovery Trading Co. Just outside one of the doors you will see a wall with three penny machines sitting side by side. Each machine has one new design available. This first machine has the special penny with Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia.

The machine located in the middle will have a 100th Anniversary Penny featuring Carl, Doug and Russell from Pixar’s Up!

This one is interesting. The machine on the right side has a special anniversary penny featuring some new characters added to the Disney family with the acquisition of FOX. Here you can find a 100th Anniversary penny featuring Sid and Scrat from the Ice Age movies.

Chester & Hester’s Dino Treasures

If you wonder over into Dinoland USA, back near the Triceratops Spin ride is a gift shop called Chester & Hester’s Dino Treasures. Inside you can find a unique looking penny machine with a 100th anniversary design showcasing Bambi and Thumper.

Curiosity Animal Tours

This is another machine that can easily be missed. It’s found inside the Harambe area of the park, and if you head back towards the Kilimanjaro Safari. When looking at the entrance to the Safari turn around and there is a wall behind you that will have this machine up against it. The 100th anniversary design here features Baloo from The Jungle Book.

Dawa Bar

The last machine available inside Animal Kingdom is also found inside the Harambe area. Near the Tusker House restaurant there is a place called the Dawa Bar, as well as a waiting area for the restaurant. Near the corner of this covered area is where the penny machine can be found. This has a new penny design of Timon, Pumbaa and Simba from The Lion King.

Disney Springs

Pin Trader Store

The Pin Trader store is over in the general area of the Rainforest Cafe and Carousel. Inside there quite a few machines, but only three of them have new designs. First is the above pictured machine with a 100th design featuring Ironman.

Just a few steps away is the second machine with a 100th anniversary design featuring Captain American.

The third and final machine in the Pin Trader store has a third Marvel themed design featuring The Hulk.


Contemporary Resort

The penny machine inside the Contemporary Resort is up on the Third Floor Concourse, just past The Game Station Arcade kind of behind the Fantasia Market. As with the other machines, there are only four 100th anniversary designs here and they have images of Aurora, Belle, Mulan and Bo Peep.

Polynesian Village Resort

Inside the main Ceremonial House up on the second floor you will find the Moana Mercantile store. Just outside is where the penny machine can be found. Only four of the designs are celebrating the 100th anniversary so becarful when selecting which ones you want. The penny designs here include the Orange Bird, Maribel Luisa & Bruno, Moana & Maui, and Stitch.

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

At the Grand Floridian resort, they have a couple penny machines inside however it’s the 3-design machine out in front of the resort near the Bus Stop if you were going to one of the other parks. The machine has just two 100th Anniversary designs including a great one of Mary Poppins, and the other of Alice with the White Rabbit.

Boardwalk Inn

This location can be a bit difficult to find. Once you are inside main lobby building, with the check-in desk on your left side, head down the long hallway on the right. This will lead you towards the Belle Vue Lounge. The two machines are beside the elevator in this area. The first machine has a 100th design featuring Vanellope von Schweetz.

The second machine is right beside the first one above, and has a 100th penny design of Rapunzel from the animated movie Tangled.

** Special Thank you to Anthony Fernandez for reporting the new penny designs on the Boardwalk **

I will admit I completely missed this machine on my previous visit to the Boardwalk Inn. This machine is actually located outside of the resort on the actual Boardwalk near the boat launch for the Friendship boats that take you to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and a few other stops along the way. At this machine there are four new designs all Pixar themed with images of Bing Bong, Mr Incredible Elastigirl & Frozone, Edna Mode, and Joe Gardner.

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

I will admit I was kind of hoping this location wouldn’t get a new set of pennies just due to it probably being the most challenging to visit. Unless you are staying at the Campsite getting in here needs a bit of time and creativity. You can take the boat from Magic Kingdom, or a bus from Disney Springs. Both options drop you off at either the Marina or the main Check-in area. Then you will need to hop on the internal Orange bus that has a stop at the Meadows Trading Post. Inside this store you will find the penny machine towards the back set of doors. The penny designs here celebrating the 100th Anniversary include Pocahontas, Pooh & Piglet and my personal favorite Red Panda Mei.

POP Century Resort

There are a few way to get into the POP Century resort if you are not actually staying there, and my personal favorite is taking the Disney Skyliner. Once inside the main lobby building head towards the Everything POP Shopping & Dining area. In the area where the gift shop transitions into the food court, four penny machines can be found. Only two of them have new designs but it should be easy to check out each one to find the ones you want. The first machine has a 100th Anniversary design of Thor from the Avengers.

Just across from the machine we visited above is the second machine with another 100th Anniversary design featuring Black Panther. Wakanda Forever!

Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

** Special Thank you to KC for reporting the Port Orleans Resort penny designs **

One of my favorite resorts on Disney property is the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. If you head inside the main lobby building, and go into the Jackson Square gift shop the penny machine will be towards the back near the beverage coolers. The penny design here is a beautiful one of Princess Tiana.

Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Not too far away is the Port Orleans Riverside resort that is home to our next two penny machines. Both are located inside the main lobby building, this time however you will need to seek out the Medicine Show Arcade. The two penny machines are sitting right next to each other. The first has a 100th Anniversary design of Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc.

The second machine has a great design of Wall-E with his little plant and the Disney 100th Logo.

Wilderness Lodge

Another of my favorite resorts on Disney Property is the Wilderness Lodge and my family loves all the antics at the Whispering Canyon restaurant. While you visit this beautiful resort, be sure to head out of the main building and down the long pathways towards the Bus Stop for the parks. There is one penny machine located here that has recently been updated with a new 100th Anniversary design of Raya.

Charles Schulz Peanuts | Pressed Coin Set

I remember years ago when I was young and my parents would get the Sunday edition of our local newspaper. Majority of the newspaper I was uninterested in, but the cartoon / comic section was what I grabbed to read while eating my breakfast cereal. There were many classic comic strips then but my favorite was always Charles Schulz Peanuts with poor ‘ol Charlie Brown.

Charles Monroe Schultz was born on November 26th, 1922 in Minneapolis Minnesota. He loved drawing and sometimes drew their family dog Spike. Schulz’s first group of regular cartoons was a weekly series of one-panel jokes called Li’l Folks was published from June 1947 through January 1950 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It was in Li’l Folks that Schulz first used the name Charlie Brown for a character, although he applied the name in four gags to four different boys. The series also had a dog that looked very similar to Snoopy. In 1950 Schulz had developed a comic strip using four panels rather than one. Unfortunately the title for the strip had to be changed for legal reasons and a new name was selected, Peanuts.

Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2nd, 1950 in seven newspapers. After a slow start, Peanuts eventually became one of the most popular comic strips of all time, as well as one of the most influential. At its height, Peanuts was published daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, and in 21 languages. For nearly 50 years, Schultz drew 17,897 published Peanuts strips.

Peanuts also proved popular in other media, such as Television with the first animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas aired in December 1965 and also won an Emmy award. Numerous TV specials followed including classics like By My Valentine Charlie Brown, and my personal favorite It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

On December 14th, 1999 Schulz announced his retirement due to his failing health and passed away on February 12, 2000 at the age of 77. To this day Schulz classic Peanuts cartoons continue to appear in Daily newspapers across the county, and poor Charlie Brown still hasn’t been able to kick that darn football.

This special collection of Pressed Coins was created by our friends over at The Penny Depot. We have reviewed a few of their other designs in the past and they just keep coming up with new and certainly unique design topics. These were originally released back in 2022 to celebrate 100 Years of Charles Schulz (born in 1922). Be sure to head on over to their site to check out these create pressed pennies and all their other available designs. Keep on Pressing!

What is Speed Rolling?

All different types of collections have their own in-the-know words or buzz phrases and to many that are not apart of that community don’t understand or can even be a bit confused when they hear them. Our fun little hobby of elongated coin collecting is no different. We often use terms like sinkers, copper, BU, circulated and quite a few others that we have reviewed in the past. Now today it’s time to add another one to our repertoire and that is Speed Rolling.

Speed Rolling is basically kind of a hack or a way to load up the machine with multiple coins at the beginning and then you can just continue to turn the handle and “speed roll” and entire set without stopping to reload the machine like you normally would.

Even if you have only used a penny press a few times your pretty much know the process here. Turn the handle to select the design you want, insert your coins and or dollar bill (if newer machine), and then start pressing. Once that coin is done and drops out, you just start the process all over again. Now if you are only pressing one set of coins, Speed Rolling may not really save you much time but we’ll put that to the test shortly.

First I should also mention that not all machines will allow for speed rolling and may just jam up.

The electronic machines are all automated so there is no way to do this with those style machines, and honestly they are already kind of speed rolling for you.

Most collectors I’ve spoken with have said that the common style of machine that will allow for speed rolling are these pennycollector (CTM) style machines. Which I’ll admit are probably the most common I’ve come across on my travels throughout the United States and should look very familiar to most collectors.

Recently I visited one of these machines over in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando Florida. I timed myself pressing a set using the standard method where I inserted payment for one coin, pressed the penny, and continued one by one for the entire set of four designs.

For Speed Rolling here is what you need to do. Turned the handle to select any design on machine, then insert your first payment, you have to wait a few seconds until you can hear the penny has dropped into place, then be sure NOT to move the handle to another design. Leave it on that first design, and instead insert your second payment, wait for that penny to drop in place and repeat two more times. This way in theory you should have 4 pennies all lined up inside the machine ready to be pressed. Then once you start turning the handle do not stop, just keep rolling and each penny should just fall in place to be pressed after the one before it until the entire set has completed.

Above is a comparison of the two sets I pressed. The one on the left was using the Standard Rolling Method, and on the right we Speed Rolled which saved us about 13 seconds. As you can see Speed Rolling certainly is faster to press a set, but as I mentioned earlier if you are only pressing one set I don’t feel that this method would save you a whole lot of time and 13 seconds may not make a difference to you. Plus I have heard from collectors that speed rolling does increase the likelihood of getting a mis-rolled design due to the pennies not dropping down into the dies correctly. Obviously there are some pluses and minuses to this method.

On a quick little side tangent, if you have used one of the newer 4-design machines that have been converted in recent years and are pre-loaded with pennies and can be paid with a card or digital payment. These machines are setup to bill you the full four design amount when using a card, and once payment is made you can hear the machine drop four coins from the hopper inside. You then just start turning the handle and as stated in Step 2 of the picture above just Keep Cranking until all 4 coins are pressed. Basically you’ve already been speed rolling and didn’t even realize it.

For my own collecting since I usually only press one set and I do prefer to avoid mis-rolls whenever possible, I’ll probably just stick with the standard method. But I did really enjoy testing this out and I can see for certain situations where speed rolling would be a benefit to collectors. Let me know down in the comments below, have you ever tried speed rolling on your own adventures or is this something completely new that you may want to test out. I know that this topic may be a bit hard to understand through the above photos and my written descriptions, so if you would like to see speed rolling in action be sure to check out the video link below from our YouTube channel. Plus if you are stopping there be sure to Subscribe so you don’t miss out on plenty more pressed penny related videos.

Thanks for joining me again this week. Now get out there and press some pennies!!

Hawaii Theater 100th Anniversary Pressed Coin Set

Here we are back with another beautiful privately designed elongated coin by fellow collector Michael Mochizuki. In the past we check out another of his unique designs that you can read about here. This time we are going to take a closer look at a design created to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Hawaii Theater.

Many of Michael’s special sets include information cards that will give a lot of great details about the theme of the design, and I think this is such a fantastic addition to the coins. You can see in the two images here the story of this truly historic building.

If you are lucky enough to get one of the Limited sets they are numbered on the info card along with the concept design of the coin itself.

Here is a close up view of the pressed penny design. The image details of the Theater exterior is gorgeous and overall just a really eye catching coin.

The set I ordered included a full denomination set of coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) and also a collectible chip. Michael has quite an amazing catalog of Hawaiian elongated coin sets similar in style and amount of detail to this one. I have ordered a few more designs so we can take a look at those in future posts. If you are interested in checking out any of Michael’s available sets I have included a link to his Facebook group page here.

Thank you for checking out more privately designed pressed coins with me. As always Keep on Pressing. Mahalo!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2023 | Souvenir Medallions

Universal is back again this year with their fan favorite Mardi Gras and Flavors of Carnaval food festival. I’ve mentioned in the past this is one of my favorite events at Universal and based on the crowds I’ve seen so far this year, many other guests seem to feel the same way.

There are plenty of food booths and great eats again this year, but to be honest we are here today to check out the new Tribute store and a look at the new souvenir medallions.

Something a bit different with this years Tribute Store and from what we are hearing future Tribute stores will be located in this new location. Previously there were back in the New York area of the park beside The Mummy ride. Rumors are that location is being converted into a preview center for their new Epic Universal Theme Park scheduled to opening Summer 2025. Due to the Tribute Store popularity and I’m sure large volume of merchandise sales, they have moved it into the building along Hollywood Boulevard formerly used as the Annual Passholder Lounge.

Inside there are three different themed rooms, but they are much smaller than in the usual location. The decorations and theme of these rooms is still great and a lot of fun to check out. But overall I feel like this is definitely a step down from what we have experienced in the past. I’m sure this just has to do with the location being a much smaller area so they are limited to what they can do with it.

In the last room where they are selling some themed sweet treats, and also where the check-out area is, you will find the updated souvenir medallion machine right next to the exit doors.

The cabinet of the machine has remained unchanged, and looks to be just slightly themed as a storage box. It has a nice Tribute Store marquee across the top, and almost most surprising of all is that the price has not increased. These are still being sold as $5 each or $15 for four designs. Nearby parks SeaWorld and Walt Disney World has started increasing the cost of these medallions so hopefully Universal is puts off that imminent change for awhile. If I had to guess the increase will show up with the new Halloween Horror Nights Set since that is from what I have seen by far the most popular set of medallions Universal releases each year.

The designs in this years set include a Mardi Gras Mask, a pretty dapper looking Crawfish, a Skull and of my favorite King Gator.

The reverse image is the same on all designs and is of the Universal’s Mardi Gras logo and I love that they include the year 2023 on this as well. That way they can’t try to release these again next year, like they did just a few months ago with their Holiday medallions.

Now I guess it’s time to head back into the park and try some of the food booths, and hang around until after dark when the parade takes place so I can try to grab some beads. It’s always a fun time at Universal’s Mardi Gras so be sure to check it out before it ends April 16th. Keep on Collecting!

Walt Disney World Railroad | Souvenir Medallions

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Walt Disney World many many times over the years. My first visit was back in 1986 on a family vacation, and now in my adult life I moved very close to the magic and can visit pretty much any day I have spare time. During all those years and visits to the park I’ve experienced all the attractions, some are no longer around, while others have been here since the beginning. Like all other guests we have our favorites that we experience each time we visit, and others we kind of take for granted would always be there for us to enjoy.

The Walt Disney World Railroad was one of these attractions, we didn’t do ever time we went but if we had some spare time or needed a quick ride to the opposite side of the park this was a great option. Then in December of 2018 the railroad closed down due to the on going construction of the new TRON Lightcycle coaster. The track was going to need a bit of rerouting around the coaster which was understandable. However the closure extended through the pandemic and numerous construction delays. Literally years have gone by without the railroad and I almost forgot what it was like to take a tour around the park on this classic mode of transportation.

Finally it was announced that the railroad would be reopening standing in December of 2022 and guests were ecstatic. I don’t think I had seem lines for the train ever in my time like I did when it reopened. Now that a few months have passed the lines are back to normal and Disney surprised us with a new set of medallions.

There are four different stations along the Walt Disney World Railroad line and if you are looking for the new medallions you need to head to the Main Street USA station right near the front of the park. Head upstairs towards where you load on the train.

Sorry I can’t help myself, we will get to the coins shortly, but first let’s take a relaxing tour around the park.

Here in Walt Disney World all the passenger cars have rows of seats that face forward toward the front of the train. I wish that at least a couple of the cars would be like the Disneyland version in California where some faced to the side so you could look right into the park. I guess that’s just another unique experience only for that park.

We made stops at the Frontierland Station, New Fantasyland Station and eventually passed by the new TRON Lightcycle coaster. They built a new tunnel for the train to go underneath some of the coaster track and they gave us some nice cutouts in the tunnel so you can get a close up view of the coaster flying by but you need to quick with your camera. I hear that coaster launches you up to 60 miles per hour.

Once we made it back to the Main Street Station just inside the main building on the second floor you can find the medallion machine in-between the central set of doors.

The cabinet of this machine is a nice dark wood that I think fits in well with the theming of the train station and period of time we are supposed to be experiencing in this area. There are four medallions, and something I do want to mention is that the price had increased on these. If you thought they were expensive before, well I’ve got news for you. They are now $6 for one coin, or $20 for all four.

Above are one side of the medallions, each with a classic Disney Character along with the Walt Disney World Railroad and 1971 when it debuted in the park. Another nice detail is the plaque and number at the bottom of each coin matches the Engine number for each train in the fleet.

A unique feature of this set we haven’t seen before is that the reverse images are different on each coin. Remember that Engine number I mentioned above, well that matches up with the Engine details now listed on the back. Engine #5844 is the Walter E Disney and was built in 1925 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works company in Philadelphia. It’s known as a 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler because of it’s design with four wheels at the front of the engine, six in the middle and one at the rear. Similar details are listed for each of the other three engines in the fleet named after Walt’s Older Brother Roy O. Disney, Walt’s wife Lilly Belle and Famed Disney Imagineer Roger E Broggie. This is really amazing details, and to be honest something I didn’t really know about. I actually thought all the trains and engines were the same.

I was so fascinated by this that as I wondered around the Main Street Station I found down on the bottom floor along the walls were photos and detailed information about each of the four engines. So the next time you are in the Magic Kingdom make sure to stop by and check these out, there is so much detail here and I can honestly say I’ve walked passed it many times not even realizing what I was bypassing.

This new set of medallions are fantastic. As much as I love Disney Characters and the ones on these coins are cute in their Train themed outfits, it’s the details on the reverse side about the Engines that really made these special. I hope we seem more of this in future designs, although the new higher cost is starting to make these not at appealing to collect. They may have reached the upper most level of what they can charge for these in opinion, if they go much higher I think guests and collectors will loose interest quickly regardless of how great the designs are.

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What to do when a Pressed Penny Machine is Broken

It’s been a few weeks since my family got back from our little vacation to West Palm Beach and you can check those adventures out here. We had a great time together, enjoying the beach, visiting a zoo and of course all the while collecting plenty of pressed pennies. Unfortunately during this trip I encountered quite a few machines that were not working. This of course can be quite disappointing and even a bit discouraging when this occurs on a trip or vacation, but today I wanted to go over a few different methods I do whenever I run into that dreaded out of order sign.

The first thing I do is try to use the machine anyways. Now this can be a bit risky as you may lose you money. If that happens you can ask for a refund from the location you are visiting, or with some machines they even have a number listed for customer service and will ask for your info to send a refund check.

The next step to try is visit a nearby employee. Many of the pressed penny machines are either in a gift shop or near one that would have someone available to talk with. This can do a couple things, one is let them know the machine is not working (in case they weren’t already aware) so they can contact the vendor to have it serviced for future guests. Plus in some instances I have found that they may have extra pressed pennies available behind the counter that they will give you.

If they don’t have any extra pressed coins available at that time, you can ask if it would be possible to leave the with your mailing address along with adequate quarters, pennies or even dollars if it’s a newer machine so that they can press them once the machine is fixed. You would also need to leave some additional money so they can mail them to you. I have tried this a few times during my travels and only had a couple places offer to do this. I’m sure they are not always comfortable with keeping your money for an unknown period of time, plus it will probably get misplaced or taken if another employee isn’t sure what it’s for.

One place I remember was a mini-golf course in Bradenton Beach Florida that had one of the most amazing machines I’ve ever seen, it looks like a sunken pirate ship. Unfortunately it was out of service. When I spoke to the nearby employee it ended up being the owner, he was very apologetic that the machine wasn’t working and he was more than happy to take down my address, and sure enough after a few weeks the pennies arrived in my mail.

This leads into probably my most used solution and is the one I’ve had the most success with. Basically once I get home I’ll write up a quick letter and mail it back to the location with enough coins to cover the cost of pressing along with a self addresses stamped envelope for them to return the coins.

While we were at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium they had three separate machines each with one penny design. Two of the machines worked fine, but the third one just wasn’t working. Here is a look at the letter I typed up for the science center. As you can see I mentioned my family recently visited their location and had a great time. I was using the machine that did not work. If possible could someone please help press the coins we missed.

Here you can see that I actually included a picture of the machine and the coin design I was interested in. Since this place had more than one machine I wanted to be very specific with which design I wanted. Of course I take lots of video and pictures of all the penny machines I visit to share with you here and on our YouTube channel (please check it out and subscribe for great pressed penny videos). But many collectors don’t take pictures of the machines and that is no problem. Just make sure you list in your letter exactly which design you need, and if you remember try to include where the machine was located like in the gift shop by the exit to the zoo, or outside the restrooms on the second floor but he blue whale skeleton. Anything you can do to help make this easy on them will help increase your chances of a successful mail away.

Now this is very important, make sure to include the necessary coins to press. I usually like to place them in a small zip top bag, and attach them to a few index cards to keep them from moving around too much during shipping. You also want to make sure and include a self-addresses tamped envelope so they can return the coins to you. They are doing you the favor and shouldn’t be expected to cover the cost to ship them back.

Put everything in one larger envelope. I usually include “Attention guest Services or Customer Service” jus to help it get to someone that is more likely to help. Then seal it up and ship it out. This process is not always a quick one. I have had some mail aways that haven taken literally 2-3 months before the coins were returned. Once or twice I just never got anything back but those are pretty rare instances. Most times they are returned within a timely manner, it just depends on when their machine is fixed and ready to press again.

Here is an example of the package I received back from the Cox Science Center. As you can see they used my self-addresses stamped envelope to return the coin. I received a nice letter from the person that helped press the penny which I do find happens quite often and is such a sweet gesture and I always appreciate their kindness.

Well there you have it, that’s how I attempt to acquire pressed pennies from a broken or unavailable machine during my travels. As I said before if you make it as easy for them as possible, I find that you will have a much higher success rate. For the most part the employees at these locations seem more than happy to help us collectors get our much wanted pennies. Have you tried any of these methods on your adventures or do you have any other suggestions? Be sure to let me know down in the comments below.

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Sunflower Pocket Poet Elongated Coin | Privately Designed

I think by this time everyone is ready for some warmer weather, looking forward to Spring time and of course the beautiful flowers. None more iconic that the infamous yellow Sun Flower.

Our friend and fellow collector Kristina also know as Pocket Poet on YouTube has created her very own custom elongated coin design featuring a dazzling sunflower design. Working with a designer, engraver and then having your own design rolled is a work of love and dedication to go through the entire process. I think the end result of Kristina’s coin design is superb and I’m so happy to have one in my collection.

Please be sure to go and visit her YouTube channel here for some great videos showcasing all different types of coins, including plenty of elongated coins. If you are interested in purchasing one of these coins for your own collection you can reach out to Kristina through her YouTube channel.

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