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The Power Coins were small golden medallions which empowered the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Two sets were used by Zordon's team (distinguished on this page by the terms "Dino coins" and "Ninja coins"), while the Alien Rangers apparently had coins of their own.

Emblems

Rangers posing in front of Dino coin background
Rangers posing in front of Dino coin background
The emblems which appeared on the two sets of coins used by Zordon's Rangers were as follows:

Ranger
Dino coins
Ninja coins
Red
Tyrannosaurus
Ape?
Black
Mastodon
Frog?
Blue
Triceratops
Wolf?
Yellow
Sabertooth Tiger
Bear?
Pink
Pterodactyl
Crane
Green
Dragonzord
N/A
White
Tigerzord
Falcon

Note that only the only Ninja coins shown in close-up were the crane and falcon (see questions below); the other four coins weren't shown clearly, but the corresponding Ninjazord animals are listed here as placeholders (with question marks).

Power Morphers

Power Morpher or Morpher-like buckle on belt
Power Morpher or Morpher-like buckle on belt

The Power Morphers were devices which held the Power Coins and morphed the teens into Power Rangers. When the Rangers were morphed, the Morphers were apparently affixed to their belts.

See Also

Power Crystals

Red Ranger holding Power Crystals
Red Ranger holding Power Crystals

The Power Crystals were five crystals which apparently served some function inside the Dinozords [1]. They may or may not have been transformed versions of the Power Coins (see questions below).
[1] A Pressing Engagement, et al.

History


MMPR season 1

Power Morpher and coin
Power Morpher and coin
The Power Morphers (and Power Coins therein) routinely allowed the teens to morph into the Power Rangers [1]. Rita soon gave a sixth coin to Tommy to create the evil Green Ranger [2]; some time after joining the Rangers, he left his coin with Jason [3] but later reclaimed it in a weakened state [4].
[1] Day of the Dumpster, et al.
[2] Green with Evil, part 1
[3] The Green Candle, part 2
[4] Return of an Old Friend, part 2

MMPR season 2

In time, Tommy's Green Ranger powers were depleted [1], but he returned as the White Ranger with a new Power Coin [2]. Later, the green coin was given to an evil Tommy clone who promptly turned good and remained centuries in the past [3].
[1] Green No More
[2] White Light
[3] Return of the Green Ranger

MMPR season 3

After Rito Revolto's assault ruined the Power Coins, the Rangers received new coins from Ninjor, the purported creator of their previous coins [1]. Later, evil Kat stole Kimberly's coin [2], leaving her weakened as she drew power from her teammates [2,3]; ultimately, Kat recovered the coin and became the Pink Ranger [3].
[1] Ninja Quest
[2] Changing of the Zords
[3] A Different Shade of Pink

MMAR

Zedd and Rita destroying Power Coins in Goldar's hands
Zedd and Rita destroying Power Coins in Goldar's hands

Soon after Master Vile's reversal of time left the Rangers unable to use their powers [1], the Power Coins were destroyed by Rita and Zedd [2].
[1] Rangers in Reverse
[2] Climb Every Fountain

In Space

Adam with Morpher
Adam with Morpher

While helping Carlos, Adam used a charred Morpher (apparently with a charred mastodon coin) to morph in a weakened state [1].
[1] Always a Chance

Wild Force

Jason used a Morpher (apparently with a tyrannosaurus coin) to morph alongside the other Red Rangers against General Venjix [1].
[1] Forever Red

Operation Overdrive

Joining other veteran Rangers assembled by the Sentinel Knight, Adam used a Morpher (apparently with a mastodon coin) to serve as the Black Ranger [1].
[1] Once a Ranger

Q&A


Did any of the Power Coins get an official name (i.e. "Dragon Coin")?

Though "Dragon Coin" is a popular term among fans for the Green Ranger's coin, this term wasn't used in-show. Instead, the coins were sometimes referred to in the possessive:
  • Zordon advised the Green Ranger on giving up "his Power Coin" [1].
  • Kimberly later asked about "Tommy's Power Coin" [2].
  • The Rangers discussed "Kimberly's Power Coin" (or "her Power Coin") a number of times [3].
[1] The Green Candle, part 2
[2] Return of an Old Friend, part 2
[3] Changing of the Zords

Other times, colors were used:
  • Kimberly once spoke of the "green Power Coin," and Alpha named the rest: "red, blue, black, yellow, and pink"; Zordon then discussed Kimberly's "pink coin" [1]. (White wasn't discussed.)
  • On another occasion, Alpha spoke of the "pink Power Coin" [2].
[1] Wild West Rangers, part 2
[2] A Different Shade of Pink, part 3

What function did the Power Morphers serve?

After the Morphers had appeared (complete with Power Coins), Zordon announced, "Behold, the keys to your power"; Zack then asked about the Morphers, and Zordon instructed the teens on their use, which would allow them to "morph into a formidable fighting force" [1]. Henceforth, the teens would usually morph into Rangers using the Morphers with the Power Coins [1].
[1] Day of the Dumpster

Did anyone ever morph with a Morpher but no Power Coin?

This was never shown in-show, but the Power Coins were sometimes removed after morphing (see below). Further, one might wonder how Kimberly morphed on the one occasion she joined the fight as the Pink Ranger while her Power Coin was missing [1]. (It may be noted that a coin did appear in her Morpher buckle, but a number of possibly erroneous instances like this are listed further down.)
[1] A Different Shade of Pink, part 1

Did anyone morph with a coin but no Morpher?

Yes, on a few occasions:
  • After first receiving the green coin, Tommy was morphed with a green smoke which blew past him [1]. Note that after this smoke-morph, he had his Morpher (or Morpher-like buckle; see below) on his belt despite not being shown using it beforehand [1].
  • When Zordon used his own energy to temporarily restore Tommy's powers, his suit appeared (after some initial flickers) without a Morpher being used [2].
  • Despite only being shown receiving Power Coins (no Morphers included), the four Wild West Rangers somehow morphed along with Kimberly; note that their suits bore no Morpher buckles [3].
[1] Green with Evil, part 1
[2] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2
[3] Wild West Rangers, part 2

Were the Rangers' belt buckles their actual Morphers, or just buckles that looked like Morphers?

Well, they looked identical to Morphers, and they apparently held the Rangers' actual Power Coins (see below). On the other hand:
  • The buckles were never actually called "Morphers" while the Rangers were morphed.
  • After Billy and evil Billy had both morphed apparently with a single Morpher (split-screen stock morph aside), they both had Morpher-like buckles on their suits afterward [1]. (This assumes that evil Billy didn't merely shape-shift to resemble a Blue Ranger in order to fool the others.)
[1] Blue Ranger Gone Bad

In order to maintain a distinction between known Morphers and buckles-which-may-have-been-Morphers, this page will henceforth refer use the term "Morpher buckles" for the devices on morphed Rangers' belts.

What happened when morphed Rangers removed the Power Coins from their Morpher buckles?

Sometimes they de-morphed, and sometimes they didn't:
  • Before forming the Megazord, the Rangers were occasionally shown removing their Power Coins and apparently generating the Power Crystals from them before plugging the crystals into their controls [1]; the crystals (with coins attached?) may then have been used as joysticks in the Megazord [2] (see Power Crystal discussion below). The Rangers did not de-morph on any of these occasions.
  • To pool their energies against Madame Woe, the Rangers removed their coins and held them together without de-morphing [3].
  • The evil Green Ranger had his Power Coin out of his Morpher buckle while taunting Zordon and trashing the Command Center (the coin was in his hand at least part of the time); he remained morphed [4].
  • To foil the imminent transference of his powers to Rita, morphed Tommy removed his Power Coin and placed it in Jason's morphed hand; the coin then flashed from green to red, and Tommy de-morphed after a short period of weakness [5].
  • As each Ranger removed his or her coin and placed it in Goldar's box to surrender to his ultimatum, he or she immediately de-morphed [6].
  • The Wizard of Deception summoned the green Power Coin and handed it to the Green Ranger (Tommy's clone) after he'd already been in morphed combat with the White Ranger (though the coin didn't appear to have been absent from his Morpher buckle during the fight) [7].
  • While under Dischordia's command, Tommy once produced his Power Coin from behind his back and nearly handed it her; he did not de-morph (but then he ended up keeping the coin anyway) [8].
[1] Different Drum, et al.
[2] Day of the Dumpster, et al.
[3] Peace, Love and Woe
[4] Green with Evil, part 1
[5] The Green Candle, part 2
[6] Return of an Old Friend, part 1
[7] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2
[8] The Sound of Dischordia

What did the Morphers look like when the Power Coins were removed?

Four Morpher buckles without coins (sentai)
Four Morpher buckles without coins (sentai)
A red surface of some sort bearing a ring of raised bumps could be seen once the Power Coins were removed [1]. This feature was common to all of the Power Morphers, including Green Ranger's [2] (though technically the White Ranger's Morpher wasn't shown without a coin).
[1] Different Drum, et al.
[2] Green with Evil, part 1

What was on the back side of a Power Coin?

Generally speaking, nobody flipped a coin over on-screen so that both sides were visible in the same shot. There are a few technical exceptions, however:
  • When the Rangers combined their energies against Madame Woe, Billy was initially holding his coin near his head with the triceratops emblem facing outward; he then lowered his hand to place the coin near the others, and yet the triceratops emblem was now facing up [1]. Barring a continuity error in filming, this would have meant the triceratops emblem appeared on both sides.image.png
  • When evil Tommy flipped his coin after disposing of Bulk and Skull, freeze-framing reveals that the back side of the coin appeared to be hollowed-out [2]. Of course, this was visible for all of a single frame, so it's your call as to how much weight you give this.image.png
  • Upon pilfering Kimberly's Power Coin, evil Kat gazed wondrously at it; at the time, the crane emblem was facing away from her [3]. Would her reaction have been justified if the back of the coin had been especially plain? Up to you.image.png
  • Smooth?
    Smooth?
    When Rita later returned the coin to Kat for her mission to steal the Falconzord, she appeared to place it emblem-up into Kat's hand; Kat then turned and held what should have been the reverse side toward the camera (see right) [3]. This side may or may not have been smooth (can you tell from your video?).
[1] Peace, Love and Woe
[2] Green with Evil, part 2
[3] Changing of the Zords, part 1

Were the emblems on the Power Coins engraved or embossed?

Embossed dragon emblem
Embossed dragon emblem
The coins' appearance tended to vary in other regards, but the emblems were always embossed.

How did the coins' appearance vary?

For starters, the US coins looked different from their sentai counterparts [1]:
  • The US coins had a rough texture surrounding the embossed emblems, while the sentai coins were smooth all over.image.png
  • The US coins were shiny, while the sentai coins had a dull finish with pseudo-grime in the emblems' crevices.image.png
  • The US coins had reeded (grooved) edges, while the sentai coins had smooth edges.image.png
[1] Day of the Dumpster, Green with Evil, The Green Candle, Return of an Old Friend, Wild West Rangers, et al.
[2] Day of the Dumpster, Different Drum, Food Fight, Peace, Love and Woe, et al.

Further, the US coins occasionally had small tabs visible along their sides [1]; these tabs were a feature of the toy line which stopped the coins from falling out of the Morphers.image.png
[1] Green with Evil, part 2, Island of Illusion, part 2, The Green Candle, part 2, Return of an Old Friend, part 1

While the sentai coins were never seen separately in US footage, they did appear often in US shots as part of the core five Rangers' Morpher buckles [1]. In other instances, US coins and Morpher buckles were seen [2].
[1] Teamwork, The Green Candle, part 2, Doomsday, part 2, Return of an Old Friend, part 1, possibly others
[2] Return of an Old Friend, part 1, The Mutiny, part 1, et al.

What was the white coin's emblem?

White coin (in frozen Morpher)
White coin (in frozen Morpher)
The emblem matched what appeared to be a stylized tiger head, as appeared on the White Ranger's chest and Saba's hilt [1].
[1] White Light, et al.

But I own a white coin with a realistic tiger head emblem. That wasn't in the show?

No, some toys' emblems didn't match the show's.

Who created the Power Coins?

Maybe Ninjor: when Adam asked, "Where did our powers come from in the first place?" Zordon spoke of the legendary Ninjor who "forged the original Power Coins to be used by those battling the evil forces of the universe"; he noted, however, "this may only be a myth" (despite having found a map to Ninjor's temple with the Power Coins) [1].
[1] Ninja Quest, part 2

"Original Power Coins?" Was Zordon talking about a set that predated the Dino coins?

That's not out of the question, but also note that Zordon was responding to Adam's question about their powers which had just been lost; "original" might have been referring to the Dino coins which were now fried. (Aside from this ambiguous line, there were no direct mentions of earlier Power Coins in-show.)

Where did Zordon and Alpha find the Dino coins?

Unspecified; the only mention of their discovery was Alpha's line, "What about the map we found along with the Power Coins?" [1]. (This, of course, assumes Alpha was referring to the Dino coins.)
[1] Ninja Quest, part 2

When did they find them?

Also unspecified, but note that when Kimberly visited the year 1880, she noted, "I know that Rita had the green Power Coin first, but what about the other five coins?"; Alpha replied that all five were with them in the Command Center [1].
[1] Wild West Rangers, part 2

When did Rita get the green coin?

Green coin
Green coin
Apparently before 1880...? (Of course, she was apparently sealed away for 10,000 years prior to her modern-day release [1], but see "Rita Repulsa" for discussion of what she was capable of during her imprisonment.)
[1] Day of the Dumpster

Did Rita create the green coin?

That wasn't stated in-show; all we know about the coins' creation is that Ninjor was thought to have "forged the original Power Coins" [1] (see above). Then again, note that after speaking of the loss of Tommy's Green Ranger powers, Zordon pointed out that his White Ranger powers had been "created by the light of goodness" and could "never be taken away by the forces of evil" [2].
[1] Ninja Quest, part 2
[2] White Light, part 2

Did Zordon create the white coin?

Zordon and Alpha were said to have "created" the White Ranger [1], but the origin of the coin itself was unrevealed. On one hand, there's the "forged the original Power Coins" quote above. On the other hand, note that when Kimberly asked 1880s Zordon and Alpha about the Power Coins, she mentioned green and the "other five" [2]; does her omission of white indicate she knew it didn't exist back then?
[1] White Light, part 2
[2] Wild West Rangers, part 2

Who built the Power Morphers?

Unrevealed.

Where did the Morphers come from each time they were needed?

Jason finds nothing back there
Jason finds nothing back there
On most occasions, the teens were seen reaching behind their backs, and the morph sequences then began [1], but on certain occasions (click here for more details), they were actually seen pulling out the Morphers from behind their backs and holding them out, even though the Morphers hadn't been shown behind them previously [2]. Billy once reached empty-handed into the right-back pocket of his overalls and retrieved his Morpher while at the same time Jason and Zack only grabbed at their backs before the morph began [3]. Sometimes, as when their powers were blocked or otherwise malfunctioning [4] (or when their Morphers had been taken in the Dark Dimension [5]), the teens would find nothing waiting behind their backs; on one occasion, a close-up was shown of Jason's hand (palm-out) finding nothing behind his back [6].
[1] Food Fight, et al.
[2] High Five, et al.
[3] Teamwork
[4] Island of Illusion, part 1, Green No More, part 1, Return of the Green Ranger, part 2, Blue Ranger Gone Bad, Rangers in Reverse
[5] Green with Evil, part 2, The Green Candle, part 1, Blue Ranger Gone Bad
[6] Green with Evil, part 2

So the Morphers just appeared hovering in place behind their backs when needed, or what?

Unrevealed. Novice Ranger Billy once fumbled behind his back for a moment before pulling the Morpher out; he then fumbled it right off a cliff, apparently out of nervousness [1]. Otherwise, there's little indication whether the Morpher was suspended in the air or clipped to something, or whether it simply appeared in their hands. However, there were Morpher-holders Zordon apparently gave the teens...
[1] High Five

Morpher-holders?

"Morpher-holder" without Morpher
"Morpher-holder" without Morpher
Never named in-show, but they were black panels of some sort which held the Morphers with the aid of a thin, black waist strap [1]. Though they weren't mentioned in dialog, they appeared in a flash along with the Morphers when Zordon first presented the Morphers to the teens; the teens removed the Morphers from the holders to examine them more closely [1].

Jason's Morpher has turned itself around just in time
Jason's Morpher has turned itself around just in time
As the teens traversed the desert after walking out on Zordon, the Morphers remained in the holders on their waists [1]. They were still there when the teens were attacked by Putties, but each Morpher somehow switched to a face-in (handle-out) orientation between shots as each teen was knocked down, such that the teens would be able to pull them out handle-first when they soon sought to use them [1]. (The holders were still present, but with Morphers face-out again, as the teens spoke with Zordon following their first battle [1].)
[1] Day of the Dumpster

Were the Morpher-holders ever seen again?

The black panels resembled the parts of the Rangers' belts which held the Morpher buckles once they were morphed [1]. Otherwise, the only other possible appearance of the holders was when Billy's Morpher fell over the aforementioned cliff: it appeared to have the black panel attached at the time (though Billy hadn't had the panel attached when he actually dropped it) [2].
[1] Day of the Dumpster
[2] High Five

Where were the Morphers stored before they appeared behind the teens' backs?

Their backpacks, perhaps? On one occasion, an evil Billy duplicate surreptitiously removed the teens' Morphers from their backpacks, later leaving the teens apparently unable to summon them when confronted with Goldar: reaching but apparently finding no Morpher behind his back, Tommy exclaimed, "He's got our Morphers too!" (evil Billy had also taken most of their communicators) [1]. Adam also kept his charred Morpher in his bag, but he later retrieved it by hand [2].
[1] Blue Ranger Gone Bad
[2] Always a Chance

Did the Ninja Rangers pull out their Morphers the same way as fully unmorphed teens?

No. On one occasion, the Ninja Rangers performed sweeping arm gestures before their morph sequences began [1], but on all other occasions, they cupped their hands around their chest emblems and then held their (glowing) hands out as if holding Morphers (they weren't, but their morph sequences did include Morphers) [2].
[1] Ninja Quest, part 3
[2] Wizard for a Day, Changing of the Zords, part 3, Another Brick in the Wall

How did bad guys get ahold of the Morphers when teens were taken to the Dark Dimension?

Unspecified, but it happened on more than one occasion:
  • Goldar somehow had Jason's Morpher after Tommy had used the green coin to teleport Jason there [1].
  • A Putty somehow had Tommy's Morpher after Goldar had teleported them all there [2].
  • Shortly after Billy was teleported there, Goldar picked up his communicator from the floor; nearby, Squatt had Billy's Morpher and backpack in hand [3].
[1] Green with Evil, part 2
[2] The Green Candle, part 1
[3] Blue Ranger Gone Bad

Why was Kimberly able to use her Morpher in 1880, but the teens couldn't in the late 1700s?

Unspecified. In the late 1700s, the teens tried to reach for their Morphers, but nothing happened (Billy then realized, "We've been transported back 200 years before we met Zordon") [1]. In 1880, however, Kimberly remarked, "Hope this works," but then reached behind her back as usual and successfully morphed [2]. One could note that the 1700s incident was due to the Wizard of Deception [1], while the 1880 incident was due to Kimberly traveling through a random (?) time hole [2], if that has any bearing.
[1] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2
[2] Wild West Rangers, part 2

Did the Wild West teens keep their Power Coins after Kimberly went back home?

Coins used by Wild West Rangers
Coins used by Wild West Rangers

They weren't shown returning the coins, but some time after Kim's departure, Abraham remarked, "I think that being a Power Ranger was the most excitin' thing we ever done [sic]," and Alicia asked, "Think we'll ever do it again?"; Rocko replied, "I dunno, but I'm ready" [1].
[1] Wild West Rangers, part 2

Were the Power Coins and Morphers always stored and summoned together?

Whenever the Morphers were pulled out (or stolen), they were shown holding the Power Coins: no Morpher (except on a Ranger's belt) was ever shown lacking a Power Coin [1]. The Power Coins, however, were sometimes pulled out (or stolen) without a Morpher:
  • Evil Tommy received a Power Coin without a Morpher; he was morphed with a green mist and subsequently had what appeared to be a gold Morpher on his belt [2]. He later held just his coin to abuse Bulk and Skull and teleport Jason [3].
  • On the Island of Illusion, the teens reached behind their backs and discovered their "Power Coins" were missing [4]. After they'd conquered their respective illusions, they pulled out their coins (sans Morphers) from behind their backs; not long afterward, they pulled out their Morphers (apparently complete with coins) to morph [5].
  • While the teens lacked their own Power Coins, Jason removed the green Power Coin from his pocket [6]; it may be noted that he had previously been given Tommy's coin alone and not his Morpher (at least as far as we saw) [7].
  • While in 1880, Kimberly borrowed four Power Coins from Zordon, bringing them to the other teens' ancestors in a small box with no Morphers [8].
  • Kat stole Kimberly's Power Coin (sans Morpher) from her backpack (the contents of the backpack weren't shown) [9].
  • Some time after her Power Coin was returned, Kimberly apparently removed it from her communicator (!) to give it to Kat [10].
[1] Green with Evil, part 2, et al.
[2] Green with Evil, part 1
[3] Green with Evil, part 2
[4] Island of Illusion, part 1
[5] Island of Illusion, part 2
[6] Return of an Old Friend, part 1
[7] The Green Candle, part 2
[8] Wild West Rangers, part 2
[9] A Ranger Catastrophe, part 1
[10] A Different Shade of Pink, part 3

Wait, Kimberly had her Power Coin in her communicator?

Kimberly, what are you doing?
Kimberly, what are you doing?
Actually, it looked more like it was pinned between the communicator and her wrist before she removed it [1].
[1] A Different Shade of Pink, part 3

Uhh, did the communicators have anything to do with the Power Coins at any other time?

Not as such, no. But there were all of two occasions when the teens touched their communicators before morphing: once for all five teens [1] and once for Rocky alone (he was the only one who touched his communicator before reaching as usual) [2]. There was no dialog, however, which connected the communicators to the Power Coins or the morphing process.
[1] Switching Places
[2] The Wedding, part 1

How were the Morphers activated?

Adam's Morpher activates
Adam's Morpher activates
Zordon instructed the teens to "raise them to the sky, calling the name of your dinosaur" [1]. The teens did, in fact, call out their dinosaur names to morph, but the Morphers were always held straight ahead [2] rather than "to the sky." Further, though it was never mentioned in dialog, each Morpher bore a red button on its left side (when facing the Morpher); when the button was pressed, the Morpher's upper and lower halves would split open to reveal a red surface with blinking lights [2,3]. This would be done right as (or immediately before) the Morpher was held out [3,4]. The Morpher would then be shown closed again and on the Ranger's belt after the morph was complete [2] (though a Morpher was once shown being closed by hand after an unsuccessful morph attempt [5]).
[1] Day of the Dumpster
[2] Day of the Dumpster, et al.
[3] Once a Ranger, part 2
[4] I, Eye Guy, Zedd's Monster Mash, Blue Ranger Gone Bad, Ninja Quest, part 1, Always a Chance, Forever Red, Once a Ranger, part 2
[5] Green with Evil, part 4

Unsuccessful morph attempt?

More commonly, the teens would be unable to summon their Morphers in the first place. However, on two occasions, the Morphers failed even after being drawn:
  • While Alpha was trying to reestablish contact with Zordon, the teens extended their Morphers, but all five sparked violently as the Command Center's lights began to flicker; Alpha explained, "It's an interdimensional power surge caused by the beam trying to locate Zordon! It's shutting down all sources of energy within the Command Center and throughout the Morphin' Grid" [1]. Jason was later shown snapping his Morpher shut even though the Morphers hadn't opened during the sparking incident [1].
  • Stuck in a wintry storybook realm, Tommy, Rocky, and Kimberly drew and extended their Morphers, but a dying mechanical whine was heard as the Morphers failed to open; Rocky concluded they were frozen [2].
[1] Green with Evil, part 4
[2] Storybook Rangers, part 1

What was the significance of the Morphers appearing as borders around the teens during their standard morph sequences?

Jason's standard morph sequence
Jason's standard morph sequence

Unknown, but note that those stock sequences didn't necessarily reflect the "reality" of each episode's events (see "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" for more on this topic); the Morpher border may have just been present for the audience's sake.

What was the customary way of holding a Morpher?

Morphing time
Morphing time
The right hand, clutching the handle, was palm-up, while the left hand supported it from behind, fingers forward [1]. It may be noted that the Morpher was sometimes flipped over just prior to holding it in this position and pressing the button [2]. Also, Tommy once held the Morpher with his hands reversed [3].
[1] Day of the Dumpster, Storybook Rangers, part 1
[2] I, Eye Guy, Green with Evil, part 4, Zedd's Monster Mash, Ninja Quest, part 1, Always a Chance, Once a Ranger, part 2
[3] Zedd's Monster Mash

What did the back side of a Power Morpher look like?

Morpher back
Morpher back
The back contained a black border around a shiny rectangular surface of some sort (it wasn't shown in close-up) [1]. A black handle could also be flipped down from the back of the Morpher for one hand to hold the Morpher face-out [2]. The red button described above was located on one side hinge of this handle [2].
[1] Day of the Dumpster, High Five, Green with Evil, part 4, The Yolk's on You!, The Green Candle, part 1, Zedd's Monster Mash, Always a Chance
[2] Day of the Dumpster, Ninja Quest, part 1, et al.

Was a Morpher buckle ever removed from a morphed Ranger's belt?

Not as such, no. It may be noted that Tommy once morphed while suited-up but helmetless as the White Ranger [1], which would have seemed to require a Morpher buckle removal for most Rangers, except that White was unique in lacking a Morpher buckle on his suit [2]. Further, note that the Wild West Rangers had neither Morpher-holders nor Morpher buckles on their belts [3].
[1] White Light, part 2
[2] White Light, et al.
[3] Wild West Rangers, part 2

What function(s) did the Power Crystals serve?

Zordon described them as containing "the essence of [the Rangers'] morphing powers"; they could use the crystals to "find each other in any peril" or with their Zords to "draw power from the very heart of the Morphing Grid" [1]. He also noted that together the crystals were "nearly unbeatable" (er, unless he was talking about King Sphinx and Goldar) [1].
[1] A Pressing Engagement

But what did they actually do?

Blue Power Crystal being summoned (US footage)
Blue Power Crystal being summoned (US footage)
While Jason was alone in a quarry-like environment against giant King Sphinx and Goldar (per Rita's plan to separate Jason from the others), Zordon had the others summon their Power Crystals to send to Jason; once he had them, the others were able to join him (it wasn't explained why they couldn't just teleport there) [1]. This may have pertained to Zordon's mention of the crystals allowing them to "find each other."
[1] A Pressing Engagement

Why did they need the Power Crystals to find Jason? He was right there on the Viewing Globe!

It could be noted that there were a few occasions (this one perhaps included) when the Viewing Globe was able to see events without their location being known; see "Command Center" for details. In any case, we don't know why the crystals but not the Rangers themselves could be sent to Jason, unless this was just part of the crystals' power.

What did the Power Crystals do in the Zords?

Power Crystal being summoned (sentai)
Power Crystal being summoned (sentai)
The Rangers commonly inserted the crystals into the right side of their Dinozord cockpits before forming the Megazord [1] (though this wasn't shown every time the Megazord was formed). Aside from Zordon's quote about drawing power from the Morphing Grid, it wasn't stated what this insertion actually accomplished.
[1] A Pressing Engagement, et al.

How did the unmorphed teens manage to summon the Power Crystals out of thin air in "A Pressing Engagement?"

Uh, they just did...? Alpha told them to "put [their] hands together and bring forth the Power Crystals," and then they did [1].
[1] A Pressing Engagement

Did the Power Coins turn into the Power Crystals, or were the crystals separate artifacts?

Power Crystals being summoned (sentai)
Power Crystals being summoned (sentai)
That's not especially easy to answer. Before a number of instances in which the crystals were used in the Dinozords (see table below), the Rangers were seen removing the coins from their Morpher buckles and apparently transforming them into the Power Crystals (or extending the crystals from their coins) [1]. Further, the crystals themselves appeared to have what looked like Power Coins at their bases when they were shown in close-ups during their debut episode (though what would have been the coins' emblems weren't shown clearly) [2]. However, also note the following:
  • The crystals weren't described as having any connection to the Power Coins; Alpha just had them summon the crystals from their bare hands [2].
  • Jason appeared to have a coin in his Morpher buckle even as he unearthed the crystals following their emergence from his Power Sword [2]. (On the other hand, the coins were seen in Morpher buckles on any number of occasions when they probably had no business being there; see further down.)
[1] Different Drum, et al.
[2] A Pressing Engagement

Did the Power Crystals appear prior to their introduction episode?

Lever in Tyrannosaurus: Power Crystal?
Lever in Tyrannosaurus: Power Crystal?
Joysticks in Megazord: Power Crystals?
Joysticks in Megazord: Power Crystals?

Footage in two episodes [1] showed Jason calling for the Megazord formation while working a lever which later episodes would apparently regard as his Power Crystal [2]. Further, as early as the first episode, the Rangers (at least Blue, Red, and Black) apparently used joysticks resembling Power Crystals in the Megazord cockpit (though those were never named as such in dialog) [3]. That said, the Power Crystals were never mentioned in dialog prior to their official introduction.
[1] Day of the Dumpster, Teamwork
[2] Different Drum, et al.
[3] Day of the Dumpster, et al.

Were the crystals required to form the Megazord? If so, how was the Megazord formed before the crystals' debut?

Though the crystals were often inserted prior to the Megazord's formation (but not the Dragonzord Battle Mode's formation, interestingly; see below), we don't know for sure whether the crystals were required or whether they merely provided an optional (unspecified) benefit. We also don't know for sure that the teens were unfamiliar with the Power Crystals before Zordon discussed them [1]; could they have been using them all along? (Note that Jason seemed to know the term "Power Crystals" and that they would bring the others when they appeared to him in the quarry [1].)
[1] A Pressing Engagement

How often was the Megazord formed without the Power Crystals' insertion sequence appearing?

See table below ("No summon" refers to a crystal insertion sequence that doesn't first show the crystals being summoned):
Episode
Megazord
formed?
Crystals
shown?
Notes
Day of the Dumpster
Y
N
-
High Five
N
-
-
Teamwork
Y
N
-
A Pressing Engagement
Y
Y
No summon.
Different Drum
Y
Y
-
Food Fight
N
-
-
Big Sisters
Y
Y
-
Switching Places
Y
Y
No summon.
I, Eye Guy
Y
Y
No summon.
For Whom the Bell Trolls
Y
Y
-
Happy Birthday, Zack
Y
Y
-
No Clowning Around
Y
Y
No summon.
Power Ranger Punks
N
-
-
Peace, Love and Woe
N
-
-
Dark Warrior
Y
N
-
Foul Play in the Sky
N
-
-
Green with Evil, part 1
Y
Y
-
Green with Evil, part 2
Y
N
-
Green with Evil, part 3
N
-
-
Green with Evil, part 4
Y
Y
-
Green with Evil, part 5
Y
Y
No summon.
The Trouble with Shellshock
N
-
-
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Y
Y
No summon.
The Spit Flower
N
-
Dragonzord Battle Mode was used exclusively.
Life's a Masquerade
Y
N
-
Gung Ho!
N
-
-
Wheel of Misfortune
Y
Y
No summon.
Island of Illusion, part 1
Y
Y
-
Island of Illusion, part 2
Y*
-
The Megazord remained assembled from the previous episode.
The Rockstar
Y
N
-
Calamity Kimberly
Y
Y
Crystals were not shown in use to form Dragonzord Battle Mode, but they were to switch to the regular Megazord. No summon.
A Star is Born
Y
Y
Same as above (but with summon).
The Yolk's on You!
Y
Y
No summon.
The Green Candle, part 1
Y
Y
No summon.
The Green Candle, part 2
Y
N
-
Birds of a Feather
Y*
-
The Megazord was formed off-screen.
Clean-Up Club
Y
N
-
A Bad Reflection on You
N
-
-
Doomsday, part 1
Y
Y
No summon.
Doomsday, part 2
Y (x2)
N (x2)
The Megazord was formed twice; neither formation included a crystal sequence.
A Pig Surprise
Y
Y
No summon.
Lions & Blizzards
Y
N
-
Rita's Seed of Evil
Y
Y
-
Crystal of Nightmares
Y
Y
No summon.
Something Fishy
Y
Y
-
To Flea or not to Flee
Y
Y
No summon.
Reign of the Jellyfish
Y
N
-
Plague of the Mantis
Y
Y
-
Return of an Old Friend, part 1
Y
Y
No summon.
Return of an Old Friend, part 2
Y
N
-
Grumble Bee
Y
Y
No summon.
Two Heads are Better Than One
Y
Y
No summon.
Fowl Play
Y
N
-
Enter... the Lizzinator
Y
Y
No summon.
Trick or Treat
Y
Y
-
On Fins and Needles
Y
Y
No summon.
Second Chance
Y
Y
-
Football Season
Y*
-
The Megazord was formed off-screen.
Mighty Morphin' Mutants
Y
N
-
An Oyster Stew
Y*
-
The Megazord was formed off-screen.

Out of 47 on-screen Megazord assemblies, the crystals were shown inserted 32 times (roughly two-thirds of the time). Of those 32 crystal insertions, 13 (less than half) began by showing one or more Rangers summoning the crystals. Note that the crystals were not shown being inserted prior to their debut in "A Pressing Engagement."

Why did Alpha use such a weird way of sending Jason the Power Crystals in "A Pressing Engagement?"

Pouch express
Pouch express
Unspecified, but for reference, here were the steps involved:
  1. The four (unmorphed) teens summoned their Power Crystals.
  2. Alpha placed the crystals in a pouch and, per Zordon's instructions, proceeded to "tap into the grid and send the crystals through Jason's sword"; the pouch teleported away at this point.
  3. Shortly thereafter, a bolt of energy projected from Jason's Power Sword and struck a rock face, causing a substantial rockslide.
  4. Jason ran to the rubble and unearthed the pouch, from which he removed the (now five!) Power Crystals.
  5. Jason then threw four of the crystals into the air (keeping his own), and the other four (now morphed) Rangers appeared in a flash.

Was that a Dragonzord emblem on the pouch Alpha used?

US pouch
US pouch
Sentai pouch
Sentai pouch

The US version of the pouch did bear an emblem matching the Z-shaped emblem found on the Dragonzord; the emblem on the sentai version wasn't especially recognizable [1] (did it resemble the Dinozords' collective emblem?).image.png
[1] A Pressing Engagement

Were the Power Crystals ever used this way again?

No.

Why not?

Unspecified. There were other instances of Rangers being isolated in unknown locations [1], but the Power Crystals never came up.
[1] Green with Evil, part 3, Beauty and the Beast, Storybook Rangers, part 1, A Ranger Catastrophe, part 2, Changing of the Zords, part 2

Did the Power Crystals appear after the Dinozords were destroyed (and/or turned into Thunderzords)?

No, nor were they mentioned again.

What was written on the Morphers in the red ring around the Power Coin?

Sentai Morpher buckle (sans coin)
Sentai Morpher buckle (sans coin)
In US footage, the ring read, "Power" on top and "Rangers" on bottom [1]. In sentai footage, it read, "Zyuranger" on top and "Kyōryūsentai" on bottom [2], except on one occasion when the US text was superimposed over a sentai close-up [3].image.png
[1] Day of the Dumpster, et al.
[2] Different Drum, et al.
[3] Green with Evil, part 5

That wasn't very discreet to have "Power Rangers" printed on the Morphers, was it?

Perhaps not. I guess it's a good thing the only person who ever found them in the teens' backpacks was evil Billy [1].
[1] Blue Ranger Gone Bad

What color were the jagged regions around the red ring?

Power Morpher with uncolored jaggies
Power Morpher with uncolored jaggies
Throughout season 1 and part of season 2, the jagged regions were black in the sentai but uncolored in US footage (excluding the Morpher-shaped borders in the morph sequences, and US shots featuring sentai Morpher buckles) [1, 2]. Then circa the introduction of the White Ranger, the jagged regions became black in the US footage as well [3]. This applied to hand-held Morphers and Morpher buckles alike.
[1] Day of the Dumpster, Green with Evil, et al.
[2] Teamwork, The Green Candle, part 2, Doomsday, part 2, Return of an Old Friend, part 1, possibly others
[3] Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park, White Light, Zedd's Monster Mash, et al.

Were all of the Morphers silver?

Green Ranger's gold Morpher buckle (also with uncolored jaggies)
Green Ranger's gold Morpher buckle (also with uncolored jaggies)
Background: White Ranger's gold Morpher
Background: White Ranger's gold Morpher

No, Tommy had a gold Morpher during both his Green Ranger and White Ranger days [1]. Curiously, Red Ranger's Morpher buckle became gold while he was using the Green Ranger powers (his coin retained his normal tyrannosaurus emblem) [2]. Neither of the Morphers' colors was mentioned in dialog.
[1] Green with Evil, White Light, et al.
[2] Clean-Up Club

Why didn't the White Ranger have a Morpher on his belt like the others? What if he needed his coin for some reason?

The Ranger without a buckle
The Ranger without a buckle
It wasn't explained why his suit didn't match the others, belt buckle included. Note, however, that he did produce his Power Coin on one occasion [1]; he just pulled the coin out from behind his back!
[1] The Sound of Dischordia

Behind his back? He didn't have a Morpher back there, did he?

No, not that we saw, anyway.

Why did Jason keep the green coin for a while?

Red Ranger with Dragon Dagger, Dragon Shield, and Power Sword
Red Ranger with Dragon Dagger, Dragon Shield, and Power Sword
At the time, Rita had employed the Green Candle to "steal the Green Ranger's powers" [1]. Immediately after the candle had burned out, Zordon noted that giving his Power Coin to another Ranger was the only way Tommy could stop the transference of power to Rita [2]; once Tommy had done so, Rita cried out that the Rangers had "stolen [her] power" [2]. Zordon then assured the Rangers that with the coin in Jason's hands, the power was protected [2].
[1] The Green Candle, part 1
[2] The Green Candle, part 2

Why did Jason only use the green powers a few times?

Double-blade attack
Double-blade attack
Unspecified; though Tommy originally told Jason, "My powers are with you now; use them to defeat Rita" [1], Jason only summoned the Dragon Shield on two occasions [2] and called the Dragonzord on three [3]. After a period of disuse [4], unmorphed Billy summoned the Dragon Dagger from thin air in the Command Center to steal it (he was under a spell) [3].
[1] The Green Candle, part 2
[2] Birds of a Feather, Clean-Up Club
[3] Birds of a Feather, Doomsday, parts 1 & 2
[4] Rita's Seed of Evil, A Pig Surprise, Something Fishy, Lions & Blizzards, To Flea or not to Flee, Reign of the Jellyfish, Crystal of Nightmares, Plague of the Mantis
[5] Return of an Old Friend, part 1
[6] Return of an Old Friend, part 2

How did Tommy manage to return as the Green Ranger?

After the Rangers had surrendered their five coins to Goldar, Jason produced the remaining green coin from his person [1] and soon gave it to Tommy [2]. Because Tommy had previously lost his powers, Zordon infused Tommy with "temporary powers" by apparently channeling his own energies into the green coin [2]. Though in a weakened state, Tommy successfully recovered the other coins; in the process, he absorbed energy from the forcefield around the Power Coins, leaving him with an apparently passable level of power for the time being (though Zordon and Alpha intended to try to restore his powers permanently) [2].
[1] Return of an Old Friend, part 1
[2] Return of an Old Friend, part 2

Wait, but what happened to the green powers being safe in Jason's hands?

Dunno. All they said at this point was that Tommy had previously lost his powers [1]. Could this have had something to do with Jason no longer actively using the green powers, or was it just a botched homage?
[1] Return of an Old Friend

So what happened with Tommy's temporary powers?

Zordon and the others spent a while reminding him to conserve his limited powers [1]; when he later grew weak in battle [2], Zordon used his own energy to "once again" "temporarily strengthen" his powers [3]. Even still, Tommy was said to be too weak to power a new Zord, and Zordon warned the Dragonzord's power was limited [4].
[1] Grumble Bee, Two Heads Are Better Than One, Fowl Play, Enter... the Lizzinator, Trick or Treat, Football Season, An Oyster Stew
[2] The Mutiny, part 1
[3] The Mutiny, part 2
[4] The Mutiny, part 3

Could Zordon have replenished Tommy's powers ad infinitum?

Tommy may have thought so: before one battle, he told the others, "My energy's low. Zordon will just have to recharge me" (though he actually never ended up joining the Rangers in that battle) [1]. After being targeted in a number of Zedd's schemes [2], Tommy remained significantly weakened [3] and unable to call the Dragonzord [4]; at this time, recharging him was said to be "no longer an option" [3], and Zordon soon noted their last effort to restore his powers had failed [5].
[1] Putty on the Brain
[2] The Green Dream, The Power Stealer, The Beetle Invasion, Welcome to Venus Island
[3] The Song of Guitardo
[4] The Green Dream
[5] Green No More, part 1

Why was it no longer an option?
They didn't elaborate.

So when did Tommy's powers finally run out?

Well, they didn't, really — not on-screen, anyway. A monster drained the last of his powers, completing the charging of Zedd's Green Crystal [1], but after smashing the crystal, Tommy felt he could handle "one more fight," and he did (complete with Dragonzord) [2]. He was never shown actually running out of power; he simply didn't morph again in-show.
[1] Green No More, part 1
[2] Green No More, part 2

Um, so did he still have some unused power left?

Well, probably not:
  • Not long after Tommy's last battle as the Green Ranger, Jason blamed himself over the fact that Tommy had "lost his powers," and added, "If I'd gotten the Green Candle, he'd still be one of us" [1].
  • Before introducing the White Ranger, Zordon noted the Green Ranger's power had been "completely decimated by his last few battles" [2].
  • After White was revealed to be Tommy, Kimberly was puzzled, having thought Tommy had "lost his powers for good," but Alpha corrected that it was the Green Ranger's powers, not Tommy's, which were "gone for good" [2].
[1] Missing Green
[2] White Light, part 2

How did the evil Tommy clone later get the green coin?

While confronting Tommy, he apparently pulled out a Morpher and morphed into the Green Ranger [1]. Then a short while later, the Wizard of Deception summoned what looked like a Power Coin and handed it to him to pay Zordon a visit [1].
[1] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2

What happened to the Green Ranger's powers being "decimated?"

That wasn't mentioned at this point. Here, the Green Ranger appeared to be an equal match for the White Ranger in combat, and the Dragonzord was even used again [1].
[1] Return of the Green Ranger, parts 2–3

But... how?

Unspecified, except that Rita cheered that with her own Tommy, she could "recreate the evil Green Ranger" [1].
[1] Return of the Green Ranger, part 1

What happened to the green coin after that?

Clone summoning hat
Clone summoning hat
It was last seen apparently on the Green Ranger's Morpher buckle before Tommy used the wizard's wand to de-morph him [1]. Whether the clone retained the coin and/or his powers in the late 1700s is unknown: though he had gestured to his suit (specifically, the Dragon Shield) and remarked, "I don't think I'll be needing this anymore," he later summoned a hat from green energy into his bare hand after being de-morphed [1].
[1] Return of the Green Ranger, part 3

Did the clone keep a Morpher in the late 1700s?

Unrevealed. We actually never saw him with a Morpher, outside of his standard morph sequence and the Morpher buckle on his suit [1].
[1] Return of the Green Ranger

Did the Sword of Light duplicate Jason, Zack, and Trini's Power Coins?

Thanks for the coins, guys!
Thanks for the coins, guys!
But we still h--
But we still h--

While it is true that the Sword of Light did apparently leave Jason, Zack, and Trini in morphed form for at least a short while even after morphing Rocky, Adam, and Aisha into identical suits (apparently complete with duplicate Morpher buckles and coins) [1], note the following:
  • The episode in question was entitled, "The Power Transfer."
  • Zordon originally referred to a "power transfer" which would be facilitated by the Sword of Light; "only with the sword," he said, could power "be transferred to the new Rangers" [1].
  • Zordon told the three remaining Rangers that Jason, Zack, and Trini would retrieve the sword with them "on their last quest as Power Rangers" [1].
  • Zordon said that the Sword of Light would allow their powers to "be transferred to three new Rangers"; he then began the ceremony to "transfer power from Jason, Zack, and Trini to Rocky, Adam, and Aisha" [2].
  • Later recapping these events in a video diary, Tommy narrated that Trini, Zack, and Jason had "passed on their powers" (though he also described the Sword of Light as a "new power source") [3].
  • This wasn't the only time Power Coins unexpectedly (if not mistakenly) appeared in Morpher buckles.
[1] The Power Transfer, part 1
[2] The Power Transfer, part 2
[3] Legacy of Power

When else did Power Coins appear in Morpher buckles at odd times?

  • While Jason was unearthing the five Power Crystals which had emerged from his Power Sword, a coin appeared to be on his belt [1]. (Note that it's not definitively known whether the crystals were alternate forms of the coins.)
  • Two Blues, two coins...?
    Two Blues, two coins...?
    When the Rangers tried to trick Goldar with chocolate Power Coins, they apparently still had coins on their belts [2].image.png
  • Prior to the Wizard of Deception's summoning of what appeared to be a Power Coin to hand to him, the Green Ranger appeared to have had a coin on his belt while fighting the White Ranger [3].
  • When evil Billy morphed along with Billy (by sharing his Morpher?), both apparently had coins on their belts (see right) [4].
  • When Kimberly went into battle as the Pink Ranger while her Power Coin was stolen, she apparently had one on her belt [5].image.png
[1] A Pressing Engagement
[2] A Monster of Global Proportions
[3] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2
[4] Blue Ranger Gone Bad
[5] A Different Shade of Pink, part 1

Did you say chocolate Power Coins?

Yes.
Yes.

That's right, the coins the Rangers offered in exchange for Goldar's hostages were foil with chocolate inside (produced through unspecified means) [1]. Did the Rangers learn something from the first time they surrendered their coins to Goldar [2]? Note that when Goldar revealed he wouldn't surrender the hostages after all, Billy simply snatched the coins back before revealing they were fakes [1]! Presumably this would have worked even if they'd handed over the real coins. That Goldar...
[1] A Monster of Global Proportions
[2] Return of an Old Friend, part 1

Could a Morpher morph two people at once?

Aside from the Sword of Light incident above, the only real example we have of such a thing is when Billy and evil Billy morphed while struggling with a single Power Morpher [1]. Unless evil Billy simply shape-shifted to resemble a Blue Ranger for the sake of confusing the others, one might assume the Morpher simply morphed both Billys who were in contact with it when "Triceratops!" was called out. Note the following about this incident, however:
  • Though the Billys struggled over a single Morpher, a split-screen stock morph showed each Billy with a Morpher in hand as both called out, "Triceratops!" (but does a stock morph reflect "reality?").
  • After the stock morph, both were in identical Blue Ranger suits, including Morpher buckles and Power Coins; though the Morpher and coin details weren't expressly detailed in dialog, one might wonder how the duplicate would have fooled anyone if his suit weren't identical in all regards.
  • Shape-shifting wasn't a particularly common power among Rita and Zedd's monsters (Twin Man and Primator were notable counterexamples [2]); evil Billy simply looked like Billy because he was created from a Billy statue.
[1] Blue Ranger Gone Bad
[2] A Bad Reflection on You, The Wanna-Be Ranger

In "Return of an Old Friend," did Goldar have five or six coins in his box?

Five
Five
Six?!
Six?!

Five in one shot, six in another (above) [1]. Of course, when the coins were originally surrendered, only five Rangers placed their coins in the box, one apiece [2].
[1] Return of an Old Friend, part 2
[2] Return of an Old Friend, part 1

Did Ninjor turn the Dino coins into Ninja coins, or were they separate sets?

"Ninja Quest" wasn't definitive on this subject, aside from Ninjor's mention of their "new Power Coins" [1]. Following the annihilation of the Ninja coins (into dust) [2], a charred Dino coin later appeared in Adam's possession [3]. (Later still, shiny Dino coins were used by Jason and Adam on separate occasions [4].) Perhaps at odds with the separate coin premise, however, was that Zordon once spoke of Ninjor having "recharged" their Power Coins [5]; barring a separate recharging incident otherwise unrevealed in-show, one would likely assume this referred to the events of "Ninja Quest" (though see "Botched homage"). This wiki will refer to them as two separate sets.
[1] Ninja Quest, part 3
[2] Climb Every Fountain
[3] Always a Chance
[4] Forever Red, Once a Ranger
[5] Changing of the Zords, part 1

Did the Ninja coins have different emblems?

Yes... er, mostly. The season 3 morphs didn't contain especially clear views of the coins [1], but the crane was seen on Kimberly's coin on several occasions [2], while the falcon appeared on Tommy's [3]. On at least one occasion, however, a close-up of the morphed Rangers' buckles revealed the old dinosaur emblems within [4].
Crane coin
Crane coin
Falcon coin
Falcon coin
Triceratops?!
Triceratops?!

[1] Ninja Quest, parts 3–4, et al.
[2] Changing of the Zords, part 1 (twice), A Different Shade of Pink, part 3
[3] The Sound of Dischordia
[4] Master Vile and the Metallic Armor, part 3

There were no Thunderzord-specific emblems, were there?

No; with the exception of the White Ranger's Tigerzord coin, the others remained Dinozord-specific [1].
[1] The Wanna-Be Ranger, Bloom of Doom, Beauty and the Beast, et al.

What happened to the Dino coins?

For a long time, it wasn't specified. Even when the Thunderzords were destroyed, the Rangers only spoke of losing their "powers" [1]; the Power Coins themselves weren't mentioned (though Ninjor did mention "new Power Coins" [2]). (See above regarding the green coin.)
[1] Ninja Quest, part 1
[2] Ninja Quest, part 3

Adam's charred Morpher and coin (?)
Adam's charred Morpher and coin (?)
Eventually, however, Adam did pull out a charred Morpher, a mastodon Power Coin apparently within; Alpha warned that he must never use it, noting, "The Power Coins were destroyed, which means morphing could destroy you!" [1]. Adam did use it, however, and though he de-morphed after a brief fight in a weakened state, it did not destroy him [1]. (Also see below for subsequent reappearances of the tyrannosaurus and mastodon coins.)
[1] Always a Chance

What did Alpha mean, the Power Coins had been destroyed? There was a coin right there in the Morpher.

Well, yes, the coin was clearly visible in the charred Morpher (both had a diagonal crack running through them) [1]. Given that Alpha probably wasn't referring to the Ninja coins which actually were obliterated on-screen (the coin bore a mastodon emblem, and Adam's morph used a "Mastodon!" call [1]), one might conclude that either Alpha was using "destroyed" in a sense other than complete physical annihilation, or that the dialog in the episode was mistakenly at odds with the Power Coin prop being present on-screen.
[1] Always a Chance

Was Adam's Morpher buckle charred in "Always a Chance" while he was morphed?

A blackish Morpher buckle?
A blackish Morpher buckle?
It did seem to look darker than usual, but not in the same way as the charred Morpher seen in Adam's hand (notably, it seemed to lack the handheld version's prominent diagonal crack) [1]. Its appearance wasn't mentioned in dialog, except insofar as Adam had previously wondered whether the Morpher still worked [1].
[1] Always a Chance

Did any of the other teens keep their Morphers and/or Dino coins?

Unspecified, but if none of the others kept theirs, one might wonder how Adam alone managed to make off with his. If the others did keep theirs, that would leave Tommy with a charred tiger coin (and Morpher?), Rocky with tyrannosaurus (but see below), Billy with triceratops, Aisha with sabertoothed tiger, and Kimberly with pterodactyl; the others may or may not have kept theirs with them as Adam apparently did (at least as he was training Carlos in Alpha's presence) [1].
[1] Always a Chance

What happened to Kimberly when her coin was stolen?

After Kat had stolen her Power Coin from her backpack (some distance away from where she was fighting as the pink Ninja Ranger), Kimberly grew weak, and this effect lasted even after she powered down into civilian form [1]. Upon hearing of this (and of the disappearance of her coin), Zordon noted that the only explanation was that the coin had fallen into evil hands; at the time, evil Kat had apparently not yet handed the coin to Rita and Zedd [1]. At this point, Zordon advised the teens to recharge Kimberly with their own Power Coins until she was "strong enough to be teleported to the Command Center"; if the others did so while Tommy left to battle Goldar, they did so off-screen (she was later in the Command Center) [1].
[1] Changing of the Zords, part 1

But other Rangers didn't get this weak when their Power Coins were taken, did they?

Aside from Tommy's weakness prior to de-morphing after he'd given his coin to Jason [1], no (not on-screen, anyway). Zordon explained in this case, however, that when Ninjor had "recharged" their Power Coins, he had "linked them with [their] natural human energy"; as Kimberly fainted, Zordon warned that unless they retrieved her coin, she wouldn't survive [2].
[1] The Green Candle, part 2
[2] Changing of the Zords, part 1

Wasn't that a bit reckless for Ninjor to introduce that kind of vulnerability in the Rangers' powers?

Assuming this was a new vulnerability not present in the Dino coins (per the above dialog), it wasn't explained why Ninjor did this; did the process grant them their new Ninja powers? In any case, Zordon had Alpha begin searching the computer for an "alternate energy source" that could "match the Power Coin" [1].
[1] Changing of the Zords, part 2

Alternate energy source?

Yes, also described as a "substitute power source" and "alternative power source" [1], though there was no elaboration beyond this. Ultimately, Kim went into battle in Ninja Ranger form before such a substitute could be found, despite Zordon's warning that any exertion could destroy her [1]. She ultimately fainted and de-morphed, leading to her capture [1]. Zedd proceeded to drain power from her body until Tommy rescued her [2]; she later felt residual fatigue, but by this point Alpha had reportedly been able to "remove [the coin's] connection" to her, removing her from physical danger [2].
[1] Changing of the Zords, part 2
[2] Changing of the Zords, part 3

What happened after Alpha removed her connection?

Well, she seemed to feel better [1]. Zordon also noted that she could continue as the Pink Ranger by drawing power from the rest of the team, but he warned that if they did so over a long period of time, eventually "all of your powers will be drained" (apparently referring to the team as a whole?) [2].
[1] Follow That Cab!
[2] Changing of the Zords, part 3

So she served as a Pink Ranger without a Power Coin?

Um, unless her coin was somehow recovered off-screen after "Changing of the Zords" and lost again before "A Different Shade of Pink, part 3," yes, she did so twice [1]. In her first battle, she seemed fairly resilient, helping other Rangers as they got in tight spots against multiple foes; in the second, however, (not long after the first) she was exhausted by the end of the battle, even fainting in-suit [1]. (It could be noted that she rode her Shark Cycle for the duration of her second battle but not her first [1], though no dialog expressly blamed the cycle for her fatigue.) Following this, she remained dizzy into the night in unmorphed form and was hospitalized upon falling off a balance beam [1,2].
[1] A Different Shade of Pink, part 1
[2] A Different Shade of Pink, part 2

Shouldn't the Sword of Light have been required to transfer the pink coin to Katherine?

Maybe, but note that Kat received the pink Ninja coin [1], whereas the Sword of Light was only known to be required for the Dino coins [2]. Also note that Alpha had already removed the coin's connection to Kimberly off-screen some time prior [3]; the Sword of Light may or may not have been involved in that process. (We also can't be totally sure the Sword of Light wasn't used some time after "A Different Shade of Pink" ended.)
[1] A Different Shade of Pink, part 3
[2] The Power Transfer
[3] Changing of the Zords, part 3

Did the Alien Rangers have their own Power Coins?

Apparently; see "Alien Rangers" for discussion.

Were the Ninja coins really destroyed?

"Like golden dust floating in the wind, so shall your planet Earth perish!" - Zedd
"Like golden dust floating in the wind, so shall your planet Earth perish!" - Zedd
Well, Rita and Zedd reduced them to golden dust which blew away [1]; the coins were then said to be "gone," and Adam said they'd "lost [their] Power Coins forever" [1]. Zordon later told the new Zeo team that the Power Rangers as they had known them were "gone forever" [2], and Tommy told a White Ranger hallucination, "But your powers were destroyed!" [3].
[1] Climb Every Fountain
[2] A Zeo Beginning, part 2
[3] Fighting Spirit

Did Rita and Zedd keep the Ninja coins' energies?

In-show, there was no such revelation. This was, however a plot point in the Power Rangers Zeo comic book by Image Comics: Rita and Zedd had secretly kept the coins' energies in a canister which they brought to Master Vile's world, prompting the Machine Empire to attack in search of them. This plot was never resolved, however, as the comic was discontinued.image.png

Did the Ranger suits in the Power Chamber's gallery have Power Coins on their belts?

There's something shiny in there, anyway.
There's something shiny in there, anyway.
Maybe, but the authenticity of any of the items depicted in the gallery could be suspect; see "Power Chamber" for more discussion.

How many Power Morphers were there?

Unspecified, but assuming Adam's charred Morpher in "Always a Chance" was charred from the events of "Ninja Quest" rather than some unidentified incident involving Adam's Ninja-era Morpher (note the coin within was apparently a charred mastodon coin [1]), it would appear that there were at least two sets of six: one set which was ruined during Rito's attack [2] and another used once Ninjor provided them with "new Power Coins" [3]. Whether Tommy used his old Green Ranger upon becoming the White Ranger [4] is unknown, but note that Tommy (White) and his clone (Green) morphed simultaneously (the clone was shown using a Morpher in his standard morph sequence after having reached for one) [5]; that could bring the total up to at least 13.
[1] Always a Chance
[2] Ninja Quest, part 1
[3] Ninja Quest, part 3
[4] White Light
[5] Return of the Green Ranger, part 2

Did any departing Rangers keep their Morphers?

Aside from the mysterious duplicate Morpher buckles and coins shown on Jason, Zack, and Trini after the power transfer [1], it wasn't stated whether the three departing Rangers kept their Morphers. (Of course, Jason later showed up apparently using a good-as-new Power Morpher and tyrannosaurus coin of unspecified origin [2] even after Rocky had used a Morpher with the tyrannosaurus coin — or a tyrannosaurus coin — at length [3].) Whether Kimberly kept a Morpher following her hand-off to Kat [4] is also unknown (but why would she, one might ask?).
[1] The Power Transfer, part 2
[2] Forever Red
[3] The Power Transfer, part 2 through Ninja Quest, part 1
[4] A Different Shade of Pink, part 3

What happened to the Ninja-era Power Morphers?

They were last shown being used by the Rangers before the Orb of Doom turned back time [1]; once they were kids, they were apparently unable to summon them when they reached behind their backs [1]. (After time was restored, the Morphers may or may not have been on display in the Power Chamber's gallery [2].) The nature of the Morphers later used by Jason and Adam [3] (excluding Adam's one-time charred Morpher [4]) was unrevealed.
[1] Rangers in Reverse
[2] A Zeo Beginning, part 2, et al.
[3] Forever Red, Once a Ranger
[4] Always a Chance

How did Jason morph in "Forever Red?"

Jason morphing (standard morph followed)
Jason morphing (standard morph followed)
This wasn't explained, nor was T.J.'s return as the Red Turbo Ranger [1]. One might note that Tommy, leader of the mission, apparently had access to Morpher technology [2], but whether this sufficiently explains the return of Jason's powers is open for debate. (Note that the coin in Jason's Morpher appeared to be a shiny tyrannosaurus coin, and his morph sequence included a call of "Tyrannosaurus!" [1].)
[1] Forever Red
[2] Day of the Dino, Legacy of Power

How did Adam morph in "Once a Ranger?"

Sporting an apparently good-as-new Morpher and mastodon coin, Adam was part of a team assembled by the Sentinel Knight; the knight said of the team, "I was able to channel some of my remaining energy to restore their powers" [1].
[1] Once a Ranger

Um, but didn't some of those Rangers still have powers anyway?

Sure, some, at least:
  • The last of Tori's powers were previously said to have been used up [1] (see "Ninja Storm Rangers").
  • Kira's powers were depleted at one point [2], though she may or may not have subsequently returned from the future with a restored Dino Gem [3] (see "Dino Rangers").
  • Xander may or may not have lost his powers [4] (see "Mystic Rangers").
  • Bridge was brought from a point in the future after he had become S.P.D.'s Red Ranger (prior Red Ranger Sky had been promoted) [5]; there was no indication in-show (aside from the Sentinel Knight's quote above) regarding his powers needing restoration. (It also wasn't mentioned exactly how Bridge was brought back in time.)
[1] Thunder Storm, part 2
[2] Thunder Struck, part 2
[3] History
[4] Mystic Fate, part 2
[5] Once a Ranger, part 1