November 28, 2021

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Collecting Transportation Tokens

Transportation tokens, often referred to as Transit tokens as well as Bus tokens. They are a type of token created for the owner of a transportation service. They were utilized by the authority over his facility for personal transport or to pass through. These include tokens that are used mostly on streetcars and buses. They are accept payment for one cost, one half non fungible tokens or a student fare. Bridges, toll roads amusement rides, and ferry services also employed tokens and are included in the category of transportation tokens. Most of them are of the size of 16mm or 23mm and came in three different types of buses shown. The bus featuring a front protruding appeared in 1924. The second model was introduced in 1936 and in 1952, a third model closely like the Greyhound bus. Other tokens also had names of company that operated the transport along with the city and state on the back. Some did not include the state and city names and a catalog was necessary to pinpoint their location.

More than 12,000 unique United States Transportation tokens have been catalogued by John M. Coffee and Harold V. Ford. Catalogs of their catalogs are released through AVA, the American Vecturist Association (AVA). The most recent catalog they have is called Catalog of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens and was released in 1997. The catalog includes a detailed descriptions and retail costs for every token. This is the 5th edition hardbound, 870 pages , and generally retails for $48.00.

If you are looking for something unique to gather but do not have much money, then consider transportation tokens. Transportation tokens that are issued regularly are widely used and priced cheap. You can collect hundreds of different tokens for under $1.00 each. These tokens can be gathered either by type or state and are loved by old and young. The historical background and availability of these tokens makes them extremely popular as a collectible. The most reliable place to buy transportation tokens as well as the above catalog is eBay.