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New York Subway Token Necklace

New York Subway Token Necklace

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 It's been over 20 years since New York City Transit has used tokens. For some, that was a lifetime ago. For others, it's hard to believe it's been so long.

For over 40 years, the subway in New York was five cents, so riders used a nickel to get on the train. For five years after that it was ten cents, so the machinery was updated to accept dimes. But in 1953, when the base fare was raised to fifteen cents, well, it complicated things. Without a fifteen-cent coin, what were riders to put in the turnstiles?

The first NYCTA subway tokens were brass and the size of a dime, with a large NYC in the center. After a few months, they were revised to add a Y-cutout, which allowed people to feel the difference in their pocket between that and the U.S. ten-cent piece. In the 50 years after the dime fare but before MetroCards became the exclusive way to pay for your ride, eleven different styles of tokens were used (per the New York City Transit Museum), but the one best remembered was a larger version of the 1953 cutout.

This necklace is made from an original "Large Y Cutout" New York City Transit Authority token, which was used for a decade starting in 1970. Each token is 23mm in diameter. By default, the pendant comes on a .

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