The Coin Mint @ Universal IOA

While I was on my recent vacation down to the Universal Orlando resort recently I wound up purchasing a souvenir for myself, one that cost more than $25.  That is unusual for me.  I have become very frugal now that I am retired and on a fixed budget.

Now when on vacation, I do enjoy spending money on cocktails, whereas in my usual state I very rarely drink anymore.  But on vacation, well, I regard some cocktails as simply part of the experience.  In recent years, I have also become fond of buying some caps.  But that is more a matter of my thinning hair.  My scalp becoming more bare means that sun is more of a problem for me, certainly more of a problem when my hair was much thicker.  So I like to have a collection of caps from the places that I have visited.  But that is another story for another time.

Other than that, I feel that I prefer to spend less money on myself.

However on the 14th of March I was over in the Islands of Adventure park.  I had arrived for my “Resort Guests Hour Early Opening” so that I could go and have breakfast over at the Three Broomsticks.  Afterwards I went on the Harry Potter Forbidden Journey attraction.  But then I had time on my hand before my 1100 hours reservation for lunch over at the Mythos, Grotto of the Gods, restaurant.  So I used the time to explore some of the shops, not just in Hogsmeade Village, but also the shops in the Lost Continent area.  I found such a shop around the entrance to the Eight Voyage of Sindbad Show.

It was called the Coin Mint.  They had displays of many medallions, and some of them attracted me.  The had coin blanks about 1.5 inches in diameter where they could use a hundred pound coin press to emboss an image on both sides of the coin blank.  There was a sheet of the various images that could be embossed.  (Sad to say, that it did not occur to me to save a copy of the sheet so that I could scan it).

I found two images that “called” out to me, and on a whim, I decided to order a medallion for myself, done in Bronze.  When I got home I put the medallion on a 17 inch cord with a Magnetic Clasp.

I include images of both sides of the medallion below.

Rose, the Flower of Eternal Life – Full of Light, Love and Purity
Pentacle, in Tarot symbol of the Earth element. Points to Higher Teachings. In Alchemy denotes Man.
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After my vacation I was able to find their symbols list online, along with a drawing of the Coin Mint device that embosses the images.

Enchanted Tiki Room Art, I got it!

I have been looking at this artwork for a couple of months now.  I found it on  and I really like it.  I have been wanting to order it.  It is a reproduction of some of the original art work for the Disneyland Tiki Room (which I visited back in December of 1966).  The artwork is loaded on a wood panel 11″ by 14″ and hand rubbed on the wood.  I am really looking forward to receiving this artwork and hanging it on my wall!  I should have it in perhaps 2 weeks.

I was just on the site today to take another look at it when I noticed the notice to the effect that there was only 1 print left!  So I decided that I had better order it right now!  And not take the chance that I will not be able to find this item in the future.  So that is what I did, I ordered it just now, and I have confirmation in my inbox that my order is entered and being made up right now.

They have other attraction posters available such as:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • the Haunted Mansion
  • the Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • WDW Monorail System
  • Star Tours

I would like to get some of these, what do you think?  Which ones would look good on my walls?

Tiki Room Art