Pittsburgh Transit Token Cuff Links

These cuff links are crafted from authentic dime-sized Pittsburgh transit tokens used by the Pittsburgh Railways Co. , which operated from 1902 to 1964. These tokens were first issued in 1922.

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A sterling silver swivel finding is soldered to the front of one coin and to the back of the other to celebrate both sides. Each pair comes gift-boxed.

Measures 7/8" in diameter
Tokens & Icons was founded upon becoming one of the first licensees of the New York City MTA and continues to create jewelry and accessories that feature the iconic retired NY Subway tokens. Soon Chicago approached Tokens & Icons to do the same for them, and, before long, Boston and San Francisco were under license and providing tokens for products.

Periodic cleaning with a silver cloth is recommended.

How Tokens & Icons Came to Be

Tokens & Icons was founded in 1991 when Ward Wallau was approved for a license with the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA). 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.

After collecting a hundred of the "Y-cut" tokens, Ward thought they might be a logical way to reincorporate the tokens into New York's daily life and celebrate them as an icon of the city's rich transit history. With his first fifty pairs of authentic New York Subway Tokens, he received positive feedback and thus began his decade-plus endeavor to secure a license.

During the eleven years, Ward had intermittent contact with the NYCTA, and finally secured permissions from the NYCTA and the authentic tokens. He and Bulova Watch were the charter licenses. Bulova chose to replicate the tokens, yet Tokens & Coins (the original name of Tokens & Icons) was able to embark with the long sought after "authentic" token.

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