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Monopoly 1935 Tokens

Tokens are the playing pieces in Monopoly. They differ depending on the edition, and the year of release of an edition. Standard editions, however different they are, usually use pewter tokens. In 1998, a new piece was voted on to be added to the existing 10. The winner was a bag of money, which now appears in most standard editions.

Materials & History

[1][2]"Monopoly" playing pieces, often referred to as tokens, date from 1935 when Parker Brothers bought the game rights. Prior to this, no playing pieces were supplied with the game. Players used familiar objects such as buttons and charms for tokens. Shortages of raw materials during the war years failed to disrupt "Monopoly" production, but components, including playing pieces, were replaced with lower quality alternatives.

Early Pieces

Monopoly 1936-deluxe Tokens

1936 Tokens (Deluxe Set)

The first pieces, from 1935 to about 1938, were made by the Dowst Manufacturing Company, makers of "Tootsietoys." These were die-cast from zamak, a zinc alloy also known as white metal, monkey metal, pot metal or die-cast zinc. Impurities in the manufacturing process caused some of them to oxidise and turn black. Later non-tarnishing tokens were made of lead and tin. These non-tarnishing playing pieces appeared in sets licensed by Parker Brothers throughout the world, although some prewar Canadian sets included generic turned wood pawns of various shapes.

War-time Playing Pieces

Monopoly 1936-1950s Wooden Tokens

Metal was needed for the war effort, so wood pawns were used for most "Monopoly" pieces during that time. A few games had composite playing pieces made of compressed paper and sawdust. These playing pieces were fragile, and since not many were produced they became collector's items. In the United Kingdom, some sets used wood pawns from the game "64 Milestones" as tokens, but the majority were cardboard cut-outs slotted into black wooden bases.

Immediate Post-war Pieces

Monopoly 1946-tokens

Post-WWII Tokens

Dowst focused on die-cast toys after the war, so Parker Brothers produced its own pewter playing pieces based on the Dowst originals. In 1948, United Kingdom sets used cardboard cut-outs in coloured bases. In 1953, these were replaced by tokens cut from sheet metal, which were fitted with metal stands. These were the standard pieces until the 1960s when the pewter tokens replaced them.

Special Playing Pieces

While standard Hasbro Monopoly sets throughout the world contain the traditional pewter tokens, specially commissioned and commemorative sets have used a variety of materials for playing pieces. "Franklin Mint" sets have 22-karat gold plated playing pieces while the 75th Anniversary "Revolution" edition has plastic tokens depicting outlines of the original Dowst pieces. Sidney Mobell's £1.3 million "Monopoly" set has 18-karat solid yellow gold tokens.

Standard Edition

Current tokens: 8

Monopoly 1940s-50s Tokens

The 'Classic 10' Tokens

  • The tokens are:
    • Scottish Terrier
    • Battleship
    • Automobile
    • Top Hat
    • Thimble
    • Shoe (or Boot)
    • Wheelbarrow
    • Cat - (August, 2013, the cat playing piece replaced the iron)
  • Recently Retired Pieces (May still be on store shelves)
    • Horse & Rider
    • Howitzer (Often called the Cannon)
    • Bag of Money (1998-2007)
    • Iron (1930s - 2013)
    • Train (Only in Deluxe Editions)

Monopoly: Electronic Banking Edition

Monopoly electronic edition tokens

Elecrtonic Banking Edition Tokens

  • Current Tokens: 6
  • They are:
    • A Space Shuttle
    • A Flat Screen TV
    • A Segway
    • A Baseball Cap
    • An Altoids Case
    • A Dog in a Handbag


.com Edition

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  • A computer (Monitor and Tower}
  • A computer with the Internet
  • A computer monitor (Alone)
  • An e-mail (Hand holding envelope)
  • A mouse (The animal)
  • A 3D, pixelated 3D hand (Computer selector)
  • Monopoly Man on the computer
  • A bug (A virus)
  • And a surfboard (symbolyzing surfing the net)


America's National Parks Edition

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  • A camera, representing tourism
  • A hiking shoe, representing daywalks and nightwalks
  • A mountain bicycle, representing cycling
  • A tent, representing camping
  • A canoe, representing canoe-paddling
  • A fishing reel, representing fishing


Pokemon Collector's Edition

Monopoly Pokemon Tokens colour
  • Current Tokens: 6 (these are not pewter)
  • The tokens (non-pewter) are of Generation I Pokemon, the first 151. They are:
    • 1: Bulbasaur
    • 4: Charmander
    • 9: Blastoise
    • 25: Pikachu
    • 36: Clefairy
    • 150: Mewtwo


Monopoly Pokemon Tokens metal
  • Pokemon in Pewter token edition are also of Generation I Pokemon, the first 151. They are:
    • 4: Charmander
    • 25: Pikachu
    • 52: Meowth
    • 54: Psyduck
    • 61: Poliwhirl
    • 143: Snorlax

Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition

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Here and Now Tokens

  1. Cowboy Hat
  2. Pretzel
  3. Egyptian Head Mask
  4. Tuk Tuk Wagon
  5. Canadian Mountie
  6. Kangaroo
  7. London Black Cab
  8. Chinese Dragon
  9. Safari Hat
  10. NASCAR Racecar
  11. Boomerang
  12. Windmill
  13. Camel
  14. Inca Mask
  15. Sumo Wrestler
  16. Matador
  17. Inca Statue
  18. Surfer
  19. Russian Dolls
  20. Baseball Glove
  21. African Mask
  22. Easter Island Head
  23. Football
  24. Koala

Nintendo Collector's Edition

Monopoly Nintendo Tokens
  • A Koopa Shell
  • An NES Controller
  • Mario's Hat
  • Donkey Kong's Barrel
  • Link's Iron Boots
  • Link's Hylian Shield

Phineas and Ferb Edition

Monopoly Phineas Ferb Tokens

6 tokens are in the game, as shown below:

Brave Collector's Edition

Monopoly Brave Tokens

6 tokens:

  • Tiara
  • Quiver
  • Magic Tart
  • Bow & Arrows
  • Target
  • Sword


My Disney Villains Collector's Edition

Monopoly My Disney Villains Collectors Edition tokens

My Disney Villains Collector's Edition Tokens

The tokens all relate to the headgear of the various villains:


Sephora Edition

Monopoly Sephora Edition tokens buildings
  • blow dryer
  • compact
  • lipstick
  • mascara
  • mirror
  • powder brush




Sonic the Hedgehog Collector's Edition

Monopoly Sonic Hedgehog tokens




Star Wars Episode I Edition

Monopoly Star Wars Episode I Tokens
  • Light Side:
    • Queen Amidala
    • Qui-Gon Jin
    • Anakin Skywalker
    • Jar-Jar Binks
  • Dark side:
    • Darth Sidious
    • Darth Maul
    • Sebulba
    • Battle Droid

Star Trek: Continuum Edition

  • Vulcan Lyre
  • TOS Shuttlecraft
  • ST:V-era Phaser Pistol
  • TOS Communicator
  • TOS-era Command Chair
  • Klingon Blood Wine Goblet

Coca-Cola Collector's Edition

Monopoly Coca-Cola Tokens

Coca-Cola Edition Tokens

  • A bottle cap
  • A delivery truck
  • A Contour Glass
  • A fountain dispenser
  • A Coca-Cola Polar Bear
  • An Original Hutchinson Bottle
  • A Contour Bottle
  • A Coca-Cola Santa

Hello Kitty Collector's Edition

Monopoly Hello-Kitty Tokens
  • Kitty's bow
  • Three apples
  • Milk bottle
  • Lunchbox
  • Fish bowl
  • Teddy


The Muppets

Monopoly Muppets tokens

The Muppets Tokens

  • Miss Piggy
  • Kermit
  • Fozzie Bear
  • Animal
  • Gonzo
  • Swedish Chef

South Park Collector's Edition

South Park

  • Eric Cartman
  • Spmontokens

    South Park tokens

    Stan Marsh
  • Kyle Broflovski
  • Kenny McCormick
  • Butters Stotch
  • Chef

The Simpsons

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The Simpsons tokens.

  • Jebediah Springfield
  • Kang
  • Santa's Little Helper
  • Homer Simpson
  • Three Eyed Fish
  • Bart Simpson


Shrek

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Shrek tokens

  • Shrek
  • Princess Fiona
  • Pinoccio
  • Gingy
  • Puss in Boots
  • Donkey

Unlicensed Versions

Anti-Monopoly

  • Current Tokens: 6
  • Anti-Monopoly's tokens are abstract designs, such as a crescent moon. 3 are blue and 3 are green.

This article is not finished. If you know a Monopoly game with different tokens, please write about it here.

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References

  1. Ian Brown: http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_8357913_monopoly-playing-pieces-made-out.html
  2. http://www.sundown-farm-and-ranch.com/monopoly.shtml

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