Thursday, April 8, 2021

More Pressed Pennies, & Other Souvenir Coins From Disneyland

Back in March of 2016, I did a post about "pressed pennies" from various amusement parks and tourist attractions. In that post, I stated, "Believe it or not, I don't own one single pressed penny from a Disney park."  Well, I was wrong! I can't believe it, but I somehow managed to forget about the following pressed pennies within my collection of Disneyland souvenirs. I came across these recently and of course after seeing them, NOW I remember them!

Okay, these are actually pressed nickels, instead of pennies, but that's a minor technicality. These are from circa 1995. Note the nickel at the top, promoting Disneyland's 40th anniversary, and the one below it, which was available for the New Year:

These pennies represent Mickey Mouse, the Disneyland Hotel, and various attractions or "lands" within the park.

These nine pennies were all available back in the nineties, from machines located inside the Adventureland Bazaar. The top three are all characters from The Lion King (which was released in 1994), the next three represent various scenes in Adventureland, including the Indiana Jones Adventure (which opened in 1995), and the bottom three are all characters from Aladdin, (which was released in 1992).

Next, we will take a look at some Disneyland "commemorative" souvenir coins.

First up is this coin that I purchased in the Main Street Emporium, back in 1980.

The reverse side is divided into six sections for each of the park's "lands," with the exception of Bear Country.  I guess they thought they would solve that problem by putting two of the characters from the Country Bear Jamboree attraction, under the "Frontierland" heading.

The coin was "mounted" within a cardboard square, with a circular cut-out.  The cardboard was "flocked" with a material which makes it feel a bit like velvet.  The coin and it's mounting were then placed inside this clear plastic case.

I purchased this next coin at the same time as the one above.  Both coins are just a little larger than one and a half inches in diameter (or slightly larger than an Eisenhower silver dollar).  This coin was made specially for Disneyland's 25th anniversary.

The reverse side:


As can be seen by the original price tag, this coin cost a dollar more than the non-anniversary souvenir coin.

This 30th anniversary coin from 1985, was smaller in size than the previous two coins (about the size of a quarter), and came in a small cardboard box with a clear plastic lid.

The reverse side:

The price of the 30th anniversary coin was $2.50 more, than the one for the 25th anniversary, five years earlier.

For the 35th anniversary in 1990, the souvenir coins went back to their previous size.

The reverse side:

The 35th anniversary coin actually came down in price, and was only .95 cents more than the commemorative coin for the park's 25th anniversary:

I had an annual pass in 1995, and went to the park quite a bit that year, but I never saw a souvenir coin for the park's 40th anniversary (other than the "pressed nickel" seen at the top of this post).

In 2000, there was a coin available for the park's 45th anniversary.

The reverse side:

For those keeping track, the price had now doubled in the twenty years that had passed, since the 25th anniversary coin.

At one time, Disneyland used to have special events, such as "Viva Mexico" days and "Festival Japan" days.  These events celebrated other countries and their cultures, and sometimes featured special merchandise.  This coin was available during the park's "Festival Japan" days, in 1984.

The reverse side:

 And this one was available the following year, in 1985:

The reverse side:


This is my oldest souvenir coin from Disneyland.  It features the Chicken of the Sea Mermaid on one side.......

.....and the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship, on the other side.  I wish I knew the story on these coins.  Were they sold in the park?  Or were they given out free, in order to promote Chicken of the Sea products?

This Jack Skellington coin is from December of 2006.  It was free with the purchase of a meal, at the park's Cafe Orleans and French Market restaurants.

The coin was just one out of a series of thirteen, all with different facial expressions of Jack's.

All of the coins had this image of the Haunted Mansion (Holiday) on the reverse side:

We will end this post with a couple of arcade "tokens."  This one was available at the Starcade, in Tomorrowland.

And this token was available at "Flynn's Arcade," during the special nighttime event, "Electronica," at Disney's California Adventure.  Both the event and the arcade, opened in the Fall of 2010, and closed in the Spring of 2012.

For anyone who might be interested, here is the link to my previous blog post (from five years ago) on souvenir Pressed Pennies, which includes pennies from Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, and more.


Andrew said...

Nice, I love collecting pressed pennies, since they're cheap, but you have to be careful not to lose them. I have a few collecting books for them, and I have a bunch from a lot of different places, including many amusement parks. I have the exact same Jungle Cruise penny as you, except it says "Magic Kingdom" instead of "Adventureland" at the bottom. I also have ones from the Country Bear Jamboree, Muppet-Vision 3D, Space Mountain, and Epcot's Land pavilion. If I ever get bored, I'll post all 85 of my pressed pennies...

I really like the Chicken of the Sea coin. In fact, I like it so much that I'm going to go buy it for $298.50 on eBay right now.

The Starcade token is neat! I wonder how many of those are still out there. And finally, good job on not using old, dirty pennies, which I often do! :-) Thanks for the fun post!

DrGoat said...

Nice collection TM. Nothing like the feeling of the weight of a nice coin in your hand. I've got a couple that now I have to find somewhere. I know that 1980 one is in a drawer somewhere. The only other one I have that I remember has giant Tinkerbell on it. I'll check it out.
Nice collection of pennies too! I have some but they are all from the Penny Arcade.
The pressed nickels are really cool. I guess I missed that machine. We were there in April of '95 for the Indiana Joes ride opening and I don't remember coming across them!
Your 25th anniversary coin is really cool. I envy the fact that you kept your Disney coins with the boxes they came in with price tags. That blue Walt Disney Productions tag is a beautiful thing.
I'm with Andrew. That Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship coin is only one notch below the lost arc of the covenant. The wear and patina does not detract from it one bit! Good as a real gold doubloon, as it were, Matey. $298.50 is a bit of money but owning that beautiful thing is worth it.
Great stuff Tokyo. Between you and the Major, you have a wealth of precious objects.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

TokyoMagic! said...

Andrew, pressed pennies are a nice and inexpensive souvenir. I have thought about collecting the more recent ones from Disneyland. The problem is, there are so many and I'm afraid if I were to start, I would want all of them. They had some really nice ones for the park's 60th anniversary, but I resisted.

I had no idea the Chicken of the Sea coin was going for so much on ebay. But then I have to remind myself, just because a seller is asking a certain price, doesn't mean that they are going to get it. But then again, maybe they will! I was fortunate in that mine was given to me by a VERY nice person! I hope they didn't pay that much for it!

I don't think the Starcade token is all that rare. And that one didn't cost much at all. In the fine print, it has the word "Park" underneath "Disneyland," so it can't be too old. I believe they have only been using "Park" on merchandise, since DCA opened. But someone correct me if I'm wrong! From what I've read online (from ebay sellers), I believe this particular Starcade Token was available for purchase within the last 5 years or so, and to annual passholders only. I think at the time they were selling these, there were no longer any arcade machines in the Starcade, so it might have just been a way for Disney to unload all of their old Starcade tokens.

TokyoMagic! said...

DrGoat, I've seen an earlier version of that 1980 coin on ebay. It has the same Castle image, but the reverse side only shows four "lands" and they do not have Space Mountain on them, so I'm assuming those versions date back to before Bear Country.

I know that Indiana Jones coin was from right around the time the attraction opened. The machine was located inside the Adventureland Bazaar, but it was before they installed that giant animated elephant statue above the machines, so they might have been easier to miss back then.

I do love those blue price tags with the Mickey head! It reminds me of happy times spent in the park, shopping for souvenirs.

For a millisecond, I considered trying to clean the patina off of that Chicken of the Sea coin. I quickly decided against it, because I've heard of coins being damaged by people attempting to do just that.

K. Martinez said...

Love your post today! I started to collect pressed pennies during the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland. I don't have a ton, but I do have some.

That Indiana Jones Adventure Temple pressed penny with the cobra is super cool.

I also have one of those Disneyland coins with the six themed lands on the back. I think my favorite for the newer coins is the 1984 Festival Japan coin. I remember those Disneyland festivals for Japan and Mexico back in the day. It's a nice coin and reminds me of Tokyo Disneyland

I do have a coin for the Haunted Mansion Holiday itself. I purchased it as a souvenir when I first rode Haunted Mansion Holiday. Love that coin.

I also remember when Disney was doing "character coins" and I got the Pinocchio coin because it's my favorite of Walt Disney animated feature.

They should've kept the Flynn Arcade or at least made a permanent location out of it. That is from TRON. I like it when Disney creates an area directly related to one of their live-action films.

The Chicken of the Sea coin is very nice. You've got all the cool stuff.
Thanks for sharing that image with us. As Dr. Goat said, you've got some great treasures. Thanks for sharing with us, TM!

DrGoat said...

TM, I found that coin and it's the 45th anniversary with a giant Tinkerbell on one side and a Disneyland logo with 45 years anniversary underneath.
That Chicken of the Sea coin looks great just like it is. Good call.

DrGoat said...

45 years anniversary underneath on the other side. Sorry.

TokyoMagic! said...

Ken, thanks! I don't remember any of the coins or machines from DL's 50th anniversary. I think after I got those 19 pressed coins, back in the nineties, I stopped paying attention to the machines and their individual coin designs. I think I started paying more attention to them around the time of the 60th anniversary. It seems like there were more machines than ever, during that time.

I miss those "international" weekends, at DL. Wasn't there even a "Canada Days"? The Festival Japan coins also remind me of Tokyo Disneyland, because in that park's early years, that specific design/logo of Mickey and Minnie was used on some of their merchandise.

Your Pinocchio coin sounds nice! Do you remember how many "character coins" they made? I think I must have missed those. I also missed the Haunted Mansion Holiday coin. I bet those were all released during the times that I was not going to the park on a regular basis.

And I agree with you about Flynn's Arcade. I thought even if they were determined to close the arcade at DCA, that they should have moved all of the vintage video games over to the Starcade in Disneyland. It would have been a perfect fit, especially since the "Starcade" sign is still up above the entrance. It's kind of dumb to have a "Starcade" sign up there, and have the space just be an extension of the Mickey's Star Trader shop. But then again, that's the current "Disney" for you!

TokyoMagic! said...

DrGoat, I just did an ebay search for the character coins, which Ken mentioned. It looks like they were released for the 45th anniversary. I didn't see a Tinkerbell coin, but I just bet your coin was a part of that series. Again, I totally missed all of those...or else, I'm just not remembering them. They all look like nice, though!