The Disney Dollar idea sparked during a visit to a 1987 Disney Collectors Merchandise Convention by Mr. Harry Brice. Brice was a Senior Artist at the Silhouette Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. He told his associates that he couldn’t believe the amount of money people were paying for Disney merchandise and suggested that Disney could make and print souvenir “money” for currency collectors as well as Disney patrons.
First released in May of 1987, Disney Dollars were recognized for very high quality printing (EPI of Battle Creek, MI) along with intaglio steel engraving and expensive 100% cotton paper, giving Disney Dollars the feel and appearance of beautifully crafted currency. They have anti-counterfeiting features such as reflective ink and imprinting, unique serial numbers and letters, tiny specks of glitter (we call pixie dust), and expensive micro-printing. Disney Dollars were produced and printed from 1987 to 2009 and now again in 2013, with the exception of 1992, 2004 (the 2005 series was also used in 2006), 2006, 2010, and 2012.
Disney Dollars were first released in one and five dollar denominations. The ten dollar (denomination) bill became available in 1990 and in 2005, the fifty dollar bill was added as well as the T series (“T”denotes The Disney Stores, the beginning letter of the serial number). This year (2013), saw the new Disney Dollar release of The Villains and Heroes Series as well as an extremely rare and much sought after “Cruella” error note.
Important characters on each bill include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and many others. Each side of the bill incorporates its denomination and each currency item has a serial number series year. These numbers/letters denote when they were printed and where they originated. Some bills were printed in small amounts such as the limited edition $50 and some were printed in large quantities. Bills are (mostly) signed by Scrooge McDuck as treasurer – he is considered the CFO, bank administrator. Disney Currency designs changed yearly, often reflecting the general theme for that year. Bills also include letter designations, located at the beginning of the serial number. For example, an A series relates to a note initially sold at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA (A is for Anaheim), D denotes Walt Disney World in Florida, and T (available starting in 2005) designates Disney stores. There are also a few very rare B (for Designer Charles Boyer) and F series.
Disney Dollars can be used for face value at Disney theme parks, cruise ships, and Disney Stores. They do not expire. One important way to purchase Disney Dollars is through collectors like Treasuredstocks.com. Rationale: The Walt Disney Corporation is moving more and more toward Disney refillable gift cards as they are convenient, efficient, and provide better control, tracking, and profit.
Because of their appearance, features, and unique characteristics, currency plus Disney collectors place great value on Disney Dollars; thus, Disney Dollar collectors, as well as Disney memorabilia fans, are found world-wide!
Very importantly, both PCGS and PMG now grade the Disney Dollars.
Hence, competition for these unique and often quite rare Disney Dollar notes is rising, dramatically increasing values on these prized historical items. As of this year (2013), you will need 166 Disney notes to complete a Disney Dollar Registry Set.
So please, enjoy the Disney Dollar Adventure. Let us help you and your family build your own collection of Disney currency.
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