It took 11 years for Tokens & Icons to become the first licensee of the New York Transit Authority in 1991. 23 years later Tokens continues to produce many styles under license to the MTA, your assurance of authenticity.
Tokens & Icons was founded with the New York Transit Token Cuff Links in 1991 when Ward Wallau, the founder, was approved for a license with the New York City Transit Authority. This occurred eleven years after he first approached them in 1980 when they filled in the "Y" of the quarter-sized "Y-cut" subway token. Though not a cuff link aficionado, Ward thought this format might be a logical way to reincorporate the tokens into New York's daily life and prove that the "Y-cut" token had more life to it. Tokens & Icons even found a way to make an authentic pair of cuff links out of the MetroCard. Tokens worked with the New York MTA to develop an authentic miniature Card printed on the same stock as the real MetroCard. The back of the miniatures even features the Take the Train to the Game promotion that was, at the time, printed on the actual Cards. For more information, please visit NY MTA Authentication.