The Virtues of Collecting Transportation Tokens and Commemorative Coins
Massachusetts Transit Coins
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
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.