The Virtues of Collecting Transportation Tokens and Commemorative Coins

Massachusetts Transit Coins

This is a fine example of an MBTA coin.
This is a fine example of an MBTA coin.
This is the reverse side of the Massachusetts transit coin, measured to designate scale.
This is the reverse side of the Massachusetts transit coin, measured to designate scale.

The Oldest Subway System in the U.S.


Collecting Transportation (Transit) Tokens and Commemorative Coins is a fun hobby. There are so many types that scan many states, countries and events.


These are examples of a few which you may find interesting.


Boston, Massachusetts can proudly boast to having the first subway system in the U.S., since 1837.


The brass tokens were used from 1951-2007 when they were phased out and replaced with a fare card (Charlie card).


The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) issued the bronze transit token shown in the photos.

New York City - Big Apple Tokens

This is an example of the larger size of NYC's subway transit coin.
This is an example of the larger size of NYC's subway transit coin.
This shows the measurement of the larger NYC coin.
This shows the measurement of the larger NYC coin.
This is an example of the smaller version of the NYC subway coin.
This is an example of the smaller version of the NYC subway coin.

New York City Transportation Coins



New York City's love affair with the brass subway token lasted for fifty years and ended on March 14, 2003.




The city of New York actually wrote an obituary to celebrate the life of the transit token.




Two sizes and measurements are shown in the photos.




The larger coin had a value of $.30 and was introduced in 1970.











The smaller coin was valued at $.15 and was introduced in 1953.







The last New York City token had a value of $1.50 and was introduced in 1995.


This is an example of the last NYC token.
This is an example of the last NYC token.
The reverse side of the same coin.
The reverse side of the same coin.

RI's Mt. Hope Bridge Division Transportation Token

This is an example of a bridge token from Rhode Island. It is no longer a toll road.
This is an example of a bridge token from Rhode Island. It is no longer a toll road.
The inscription reads, "One fare passenger car or motorcycle."
The inscription reads, "One fare passenger car or motorcycle."

NH Public Works & Highways Token

This is an example of the New Hampshire transportation coin that shows the "Old Man in Mountain," the state symbol.
This is an example of the New Hampshire transportation coin that shows the "Old Man in Mountain," the state symbol.

Russian Transportation Token

The transit token of the Moscow Metro. That name is on the lower section of the token.
The transit token of the Moscow Metro. That name is on the lower section of the token.
The reverse side of the Moscow transit coin. The material is plastic.
The reverse side of the Moscow transit coin. The material is plastic.

Commemorative Coin

This is a commemorative coin for the "Norway" cruise ship which was damaged in a fire in 2003. The Norwegian Caribbean Lines ship will not sail again.
This is a commemorative coin for the "Norway" cruise ship which was damaged in a fire in 2003. The Norwegian Caribbean Lines ship will not sail again.
This is the reverse side which shows it is a "Dollar Gaming Token."
This is the reverse side which shows it is a "Dollar Gaming Token."

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Yosef Sa'ar 8 weeks ago

The blue plastic token you describe as "The transit token of the Moscow Metro. That name is on the lower section of the token." is actually from the Kyiv, Ukraine, subway.


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CamilleGizzarelli 7 weeks ago from New England, USA Author

Thank you for providing the additional information on this transit token.

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