New York's first token was its most unique - dime sized and distinguished by a bold "Y" cut. An excellent example of mid-century industrial design is now handcrafted into handsome silver-plated cuff links - the perfect accent for the stylish New Yorker. Crafted from authentic New York transit tokens circulated between 1953 and 1970


Measures 3/4" in diameter; silver-plated bezel; back hallmarked "NYCT."

 

Officially licensed by the MTA, each pair comes in a New York subway map-themed gift box with a certificate of authenticity.

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Description / NYC Subway Token Silver-Plated Cufflinks

New York's first token was its most unique - dime sized and distinguished by a bold "Y" cut. An excellent example of mid-century industrial design is now handcrafted into handsome silver-plated cuff links - the perfect accent for the stylish New Yorker. Crafted from authentic New York transit tokens circulated between 1953 and 1970


Measures 3/4" in diameter; silver-plated bezel; back hallmarked "NYCT."

 

Officially licensed by the MTA, each pair comes in a New York subway map-themed gift box with a certificate of authenticity.

What's The Story

On July 25, 1953, the subway fare increased to 15 cents. Since turnstiles could not accept both nickels and dimes, the token was introduced. The first token was the size of a dime and made of solid brass. Measuring .650 inches in diameter, the "Y" cut out of its center made it easy to recognize by touch. This token remained in use after the fare was raised to 20 cents in 1966 and it's distinctive design quickly became a New York City icon.

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