Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pressed Pennies

There are lots and lots of options for souvenirs at Disney World.  There are t-shirts.  Blankets.  Beach towels.  Mickey measuring cups.  Mugs.  Pins.  Art.  You can spend a lot.  Or.  Today I am going to tell you about a cool souvenir that does not break the bank.  And not only is it a souvenir - it's an activity.

To do this activity - you need to do a little prep work.  First is to save pennies and quarters.  For those pennies, try to find ones minted pre-1982.  The ones made after 1982 are made with zinc and sometimes you can't see the pressed image quite so well.  With those saved older pennies - you can shine them up using vinegar.

Then, buy your kids - or yourself - a treat!  You need a tube of m&ms - and the mini m&ms are usually sold this way.  Eat your m&ms and I'll show you a new use for your container.  This tube is a great way to organize your pennies!  What you will do is stack 2 quarters and then your new, shined, pre-1982 penny.  Repeat - filling up your tube.  Now you are ready to press!

When you are in the four parks.  At your resort.  At downtown Disney.  You will see pressed penny machines that look like this:


Each machine is different - and will offer (usually) three different images that you could press on to your penny.  (There are pressed quarter machines too - but we deemed that too pricey)  We let the kids pick one each time they noticed one - or until our pennies ran out.



These are two of the images we have pressed onto our pennies.



You can also purchase books for about $7 to keep all your pennies organized.  This is the one we got about 6 years ago:


And here is our penny collection.


Not too shabby for a 51 cent souvenir!!

How about you?  Have you pressed pennies before?  Do you think this is an activity your kids would like?


Katrina

6 comments:

  1. I didn't even know this existed, let alone the tip to use pre-1982 pennies. THANKS! This is added to our list for our October trip.

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  2. Well--I should say--I knew penny pressers existed, but not super cool ones like you show in your pictures. I want a Norway pressed penny!

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  3. My daughters love to get these wherever we go so I am super excited that Disney has them too. Cool tip on the pre-1982 pennies. I was already going to be on the look out for the pre-1964 Quarters to sell for the silver content.

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  4. So cute! Thanks for sharing the idea of how to organize the pennies and quarters!

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  5. I linked up to this page on my latest post about our Zoo :http://entirelyemily.blogspot.com/2012/06/things-i-love-about-stlouis-saint-louis.html

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  6. I collect pressed pennies from everywhere that we travel- or try to anyway. I also love the quarter stamps and have a few of those from Disney as well.

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