Maryland House Travel Plaza – Aberdeen, Maryland

For those of you that read my last post about the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza this was the next Plaza along I-95 in Maryland.  To be honest I was still enjoying my snack from the first Plaza when I came up to this one but figured I would stop in just to see if there were any penny machines and wouldn’t you know it there were actually three of them.  This location is called the Maryland House Travel Plaza and is located at mile marker 81.9 just near Aberdeen.

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I visited here quite a few years ago and from what I remember this place has been completely renovated.  It’s really a nice place to stop in and grab some food, or just walk around and stretch your legs.

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As I mentioned there are three penny machines located here.  But two of them I have actually come across at other locations.  After I got back home I checked my trusty online resource for pressed coins and got some information from pennycollector.com.

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The first machine as you can see from the bottom of the image above is from Washington, DC.  I had taken my family on a long weekend trip to DC a few years ago and used this machine at its original location called Honest Abe’s which was a gift shop outside of Ford’s Theatre.

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The designs have not changed and include images of Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Ford’s Theatre.

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The next machine is a Hello Kitty themed unit that I originally found in New York City in the heart of Times Square.  There was a Sanrio Hello Kitty store that I snuck into and pressed these coins.  As with the Honest Abe machine these designs have not changed.

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I do not know anything about Hello Kitty or her friends so I had to look this information up online.  The pennies have designs of Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, My Melody and Tuxedo Sam, and Badtz Maru and Hello Kitty.

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The third and final machine located here was back to the Maryland themed coins I’ve been finding along I-95, but were not duplicates to anything I had pressed so far on my trip.

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Here we had the Maryland Home Travel Plaza, the Naval Academy Est 1840, My Maryland Lucky Ball Marker, and a famous Maryland Crab.

It was kind of strange to find the first two machines here, the Washington DC one not so much since it was relatively nearby.  But the one from New York City had made quite a trip.  I’m not sure this is a dumping location for machines on the way out of commission, or if they are being transitioned to other locations.  In any case if you are interested in these I would go get them as soon as possible.  Who knows where they will go next and what will take their place.

Decades Set #8 of 8 – Downtown Disney, CA

It’s been quite awhile but the final 60th Anniversary penny set went on stage.  I’ve posted about each of these sets over the past year and you can check the archives to see and read about each set.  But now I can confirm that the initial rumors were true and there was a total of 60 unique press coins available for this special diamond celebration for the happiest place on earth.

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The location of this Decades machines has still remained unchanged and is located by the center set of doors at the World of Disney store in downtown Disney.

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This last set of coins represents the decade of 2005-2014.  The images representing this decade include Finding Nemo & Monsters Inc, Disney California Adventure, and Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear.

I have mentioned this in the past but these sets are only going to be available for a limited time.  However, to try to help out with your collection I have an extra set of these coins I just wrote about above (Decade 2005-2014).  I will give this extra set of coins free to one lucky reader.  All you need to do is post a quick comment below about your favorite Disney pressed coin set / image.  This can be from either Disneyland, Walt Disney World or any other Disney park.  I’ll pick the winner randomly at the end of August and will contact the winner at that time to collect your address so I can mail the coins out.  Enter as many times as you like.  Good Luck and happy collecting!!

Chesapeake House Travel Plaza – Maryland

On a recent business trip I had to cut through Maryland and took the opportunity to check out a few Travel Plaza’s on I-95.  First up was the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza which is located between exits 93 and 100.

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The nice thing about this plaza is you can access it from both the North and South bound sides of I-95.  After making a quick pit stop I wondered around to find the two penny machines located inside.  It was pretty early in the morning so not much was open yet inside, but luckily the machines were out in the main area for use.

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As you can see there weren’t many people around so it made using these machines really easy.  I always find that usually at these travel plazas if there are machines people are always leaning on them and worst of all if they are near the restrooms good luck fighting the crowd to press your pennies.

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The four designs were of the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Maryland State Flag, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and I Bussed Along I-95.  With these coins safely stashed away  I made a 180 turn and directly behind me just a few strides away was the second machine.

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I will say that coming from Jersey we have a lot of machines located up and down the Turnpike, Parkway and AC Expressway but a lot of the designs are duplicates.  These two machines have some nice unique designs that are Maryland themed.

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This next set of four pennies includes the Chesapeake Bay, Frank Zappa, a Black-Eyed Susan (MD State Flower), and the Baltimore Orioles Logo.

Before leaving I grabbed a coffee and a quick snack before heading back out to my car.  I still had a long drive ahead of me and quite a few more pennies to press.  Remember if you are traveling along any of the big interstate highways and need to stop for gas or a quick snack be sure to explore every inch of the plaza because you never know where you may find a penny machine.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner – New York, NY (Update)

Awhile ago I had visited Manhattan (New York City) to visit with my cousin who was in town.  He had his own agenda for that day so I took the opportunity to visit some penny machines that were new, or some old friends that I hadn’t visited in quite a few years.  I wrote about all the different places I visited that day in numerous posts which you can view in the archives.  However one of the places I visited that day had a broken machine and I wasn’t able to get the coins.

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Ellen’s Stardust Diner is located at 1650 Broadway right in the heart of Times Square.  You can read my short post about my quick visit to this place here.  As I mentioned when I visited this location the machine was jammed and I wasn’t able to use the machine.  When I got back home I waited a couple of weeks and wrote a quick letter to the Diner explaining what happened, and asked of someone would mind pressing a set of pennies for me when the machine was repaired.  I send these letters from time to time when I’m unable to get the coins, and in most cases there is always someone kind enough to help me out.

As I always do I included a little bag with the appropriate number of quarters and pennies along with a self addresses stamped envelope for them to ship the coins back to me.  I appreciate their assistance but would never expect them to pay for the return shipping.  I find the easier you make this on these places the better results you will get.

I visited this place back in November 2015, and here it is June of 2016 and I had pretty much written these coins off at this time.  But I came home from work today and found the familiar self-addressed envelope sitting in my mailbox.  I quickly tore into it and was surprised to see the Stardust Diner pennies, along with a very sweet hand written note by one of the staff.

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As you can see from the picture above there are four designs at this location.  The designs are of Ellen’s Stardust Diner famous singing and dancing wait staff, NYC Times Square, I Love New York / Statue of Liberty, and We Will Never Forget World Trade Center.

It’s nice to finally be able to complete this set of New York City coins from that trip.  However I check on pennycollector.com from time to time for any changes and already see new machines are available in the area.  Looks like I’ll be making a trip into the City real soon.

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.

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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.

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Here are the images pressed on Nickels.

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

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Last but certainly not least is the set of Quarters.

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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.