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    New Yawk subway token history......

    I found this article to be really cool. It will also help folks with dating them when they are found. I am not a token collector but, I am starting to get the token bug. Here is the excerpt. The page link will follow:

    Token and change
    Main article: New York City transit fares

    From the inauguration of IRT subway services in 1904[29] until the unified system of 1948 (including predecessor BMT and IND subway services), the fare for a ride on the subway of any length was 5 cents. On July 1, 1948, the fare was increased to 10 cents, and since then has steadily risen. When the New York City Transit Authority was created in July 1953, the fare was raised to 15 cents and a token issued. Until April 13, 2003, riders paid the fare with tokens purchased from a station attendant. The tokens were changed periodically as prices changed. For the 75th anniversary of the subway in 1979 (also called the Diamond Jubilee), a special token with a small off-center diamond cutout and engraved images of a 1904 subway car and kiosk were issued. Many were purchased for keepsakes and were not used for rides. The last iteration of tokens featured a hole in the middle, and after they were phased out, many became featured in home made jewelry. Old tokens may be redeemed for a refund by sending them to the MTA's Treasury Business Office or in person.
    [edit] Token sucking

    It was once a common scam to circumvent the payment of fares by jamming the token slot in an entrance gate with paper. A passenger would insert a token into the turnstile, be frustrated when it did not open the gate, and have to spend another token to enter at another gate. A token thief would then suck the token from the jammed slot with their mouth. This could be repeated many times as long as no police officers spotted the activity. Often token booth attendants would coat the token slots with soap to discourage "token sucking".[30]
    [edit] Token War with Connecticut

    There was some controversy in the early 1980s when enterprising transit riders discovered that tokens purchased for use in the Connecticut Turnpike toll booths were of the same size and weight as New York City subway tokens. Since they cost less than one third as much, they began showing up in subway collection boxes regularly.[31] Connecticut authorities initially agreed to change the size of their tokens,[32] but later reneged, and the problem went unsolved until 1985, when Connecticut discontinued the tolls on its turnpike.[33] At that time, the MTA was paid 17.5 cents for each of more than two million tokens that had been collected during the three year "token war."[33]
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