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Tokens are New York classic. Everybody recognizes the old "Y" cut tokens of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Alas tokens will soon become old fashioned. Going the way of the old Third Ave. El.


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Here are the listing of tokens

Small "Y" Cut
Issued: 7/2/1953
Fare: $0.15
This is the token NY is famous for, the "Y" cuts. This is the original dime sized token.  It is the first NYC Transit issued token in 7/25/53 for $0.15. Before this token was replaced on 1/3/70 the fare had risen to $0.20. 
Aqueduct Super Sized "Y" Cut
Issued: 1966
Used for Aqueduct Special trains in the 1960's/ Later replaced by Special fare tokens.
Large "Y" Cut This is the larger "Y" cut token was issued from 1/4/70 until 10/28/78, fares were, $0.30, $0.35 and $0.50
The next token was the "Y" without the cut. It was tied to a fare increase. It was issued in from 6/28/80 until 4/21/86 Fares were $0.60, $0.75, $0.90 and $1.00.
Next came the "Bullet" token which was suppose to curb slug usage at the turnstiles. It was issued from 4/22/86 - 11/11/95 Fares: $1.00, $1.15, & $1.25. There was another "special" edition to this style token for the Archer Ave. Extension.  I do not have it in my collection.
The final token for NY, the pentagon cutout. It was first issued 11/12/95 with a fare of $1.50. This will be the last of NY's famous tokens as the Metrocard will be replacing it very shortly.
This is a special subway 75th Diamond anniversary token issued 10/29/78. It was used along with the standard token in use at the time. The subway turned 75 years old (1904) in 1979, hence the diamond cut-out. The one side shows one of the famous subway Kiosk entrances stating: NYC Subway 1904-1979; People Moving People. The obverse shows one of the original IRT subway cars and states: Diamond Jubilee; Seventy Fifth Anniversary; NYC Subway 1904-1979
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These are special, non-revenue tokens celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the subway (2004)

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