Transit token collectors are known as vecturist they also may enjoy science fiction and stay home on Friday nights. Still every cool coin collector will stumble upon a token or twelve. This is one I got from a relative who traveled to Canada in the early 1960s.
TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION SUBWAY on the front.
GOOD FOR ONE FARE SUBWAY on the back.
Let me clarify this is a 1954 series token meaning it was continuously made until 1966 and many were still in circulation until 2007. Made for Toronto's new subway line in 1954 they replaced all previous brass versions. These were lightweight aluminum smaller than a dime and eventually became highly counterfeited. Most of the fakes are pretty decent looking and usually needs some type of magnetic coin counter to tell the difference. All that keeps the collectors value low.
There are no sites that give full token information but if you just want pictures and catalog numbers then try these two sites:
- exonumist.com -- great transportation token site with slightly high values. No history.
- tokencatalog.com -- massive database. No history, no values.
Here are the stats for this token...
Type/Country: 1954 series Toronto, Ontario subway token / Canada
Year: (No date)
Mintage: Unknown, less than 30 million
Diameter: 16 mm Weight: Not sure (too lazy to weigh it)
Value: $1.00 in circulated Very-Fine
Obverse Writing: TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION (encircled), SUBWAY (center)
Reverse Writing: GOOD FOR ONE FARE (encircled), SUBWAY (center)
Sidenote: Found my first foreign coin for 2013 and yes it was a Canadian cent. Since I already featured the 1993 Canada Cent I will not repeat myself.
Do you have an odd coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.