Here is a picture of the Rarest RED OPA TOKEN the "MV"
Next we have a couple pictures of the "HOLDER"
GO has given an EXCELLANT description and background of the OPA TOKENs (I couldn't have done better myself). I have collected these little pieces of Celulose (sp) for a few years now and again, thanks to GO, I have managed to complete 2 sets of RED. Also in my collection of these tokens I have managed to obtain 2 complete of UNCIRCULATED BLUE, another real good find considering the condition. For those of you who are collecting them, I have many, many x-tra RED Tokens. Send me an email, and we'll see what we can workout.
This whole mess came from a neighbour of mine that was selling off a whole lifetime accumulation of everything imaginable when he retired. I think for this whole lot here I paid something like 75˘ for it. Somewhere I have some of the ration coupon books with the little stamps in it. Accd. to my grandmother the red points were for meat, the blue points were for canned goods. She remembers that she never used the coffee stamps, and traded them for sugar stamps with my Great Grandmother.
Scottishmoney, I have never seen a holder like yours, now the "HUNT" is on again. I want one of those to add to my collection. Your holder seems to be more period authentic. I kind of always wondered about the plastic holder, it just doesn't seem right to be something that would be from the 1944-1945 range. The only thing is, I have seen 12 or 13 advertised as OPA Token Holders? Anyway, Thank You for the picture, it has increased my knowledge as to these odd little Tokens.
Your red and blue token holder is more likely a holder for state tax tokens from the 1950's, I base that on the celluloid look of the holder. States such as Arizona, Utah, New Mexico issued 1 and 5 mill tax tokens, the 1 mills were usually aluminium whilst the 5 mills were usually in bronze.
Is your holder double ended, able to insert tokens on both ends or will it accept tokens only one end?
Mine is approx. 2" long. The covers on the springs, the part that actually pushes the tokens out, is made of the same celluloid material that the tokens themselves are.
I'm not sure of the max capacity, I have had 14 of each color (Red & Blue) in their respective colored side. I'm sure the holder would take a couple more tokens but I don't want to force it and damage the spring.
Again, thanks for the info.
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Mine is double sided, the sides are made from the same red fibre board material that the tokens are made of. It is spring loaded with the spring behind a metal "button" that pushes the tokens out. It holds about 15-20 tokens on each side.
The purpose of these tokens was to give change from ration book stamps, you had to give so many "points" for each food item purchased, for instance 9 points for a can of peas, but you usually had coupons for 10 points, before 1944 you lost the 1 point in the transaction and ended up buying less food with your "points". Because of so much contemporary griping the OPA started making these tokens, red and blue to distribute to stores to give as change. Blues were for most canned goods, the reds were for meat, poultry, eggs, and all dairy stuff.
When I see my grandmother this afternoon, I am going to take these with me and ask her about them again. She has helped with several of these 1930's and 1940's mysteries.