1 Rationing Token - OPA Red Point Office of Price Administration

Features

Location United States
Type Ration tokens › Food ration token
Years 1942-1945
Value 1
Currency United States - Tokens
Composition Fiber (Vulcanized Fiber)
Weight 0.33 g
Size 16 mm
Thickness 1.40 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1945
Number N# 21179
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)

Obverse

Office of Price Administration.
WWII RATION TOKENS.
Used for meats and fats.
(See photo, there are different letter combinations on both sides of the center "1").

Lettering:
OPA
V 1 U
* RED * POINT *

Reverse

(See photo, there are different letter combinations on both sides of the center "1").

Lettering:
OPA
V 1 U
* RED * POINT *

Edge

Smooth

Comments

OPA stands for Office of Price Administration
 Rationing was started in 1942. Items that were rationed include canned goods, meats, sugar, coffee, tires, gas and more. The Office of Price Administration used OPA stamps, coins and chits for rationing.
 OPA coins (commonly called OPA's) were used for change for food.
 OPA's were used by retailers to give change back for food bought with ration stamps.

 Tokens used for rationing during World War II
 There are 30 different red tokens and 24 blue ones.
 They are all vulcanized fiber (celluloid) and 16 mm in size.
 Blue ones read: OPA Blue Point 1 (with two different letters)
 Red ones read: OPA Red Point 1 (with two different letters)

 Blue tokens were used for processed foods; red tokens for meats and fats.
 OPA's were first issued in 1944 - Stopped being issued in 1945
http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/104233-opa-rationing-token-information/

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
ND (1942-1945) HC $ 1.46 22% Red and blue combined 5,000,000,000
ND (1942-1945) HT 21%
ND (1942-1945) MM 7%
ND (1942-1945) MV 0.5%
ND (1942-1945) TH 16%
ND (1942-1945) TY 16%
ND (1942-1945) UC 17%
ND (1942-1945) UH 14%
ND (1942-1945) UT 14%
ND (1942-1945) UV $ 0.23 11%
ND (1942-1945) UX $ 0.23 20%
ND (1942-1945) UY 17%
ND (1942-1945) VC 18%
ND (1942-1945) VH 20%
ND (1942-1945) VT 17%
ND (1942-1945) VU 20%
ND (1942-1945) VX 14%
ND (1942-1945) VY 12%
ND (1942-1945) XC 11%
ND (1942-1945) XH 16%
ND (1942-1945) XT $ 0.24 18%
ND (1942-1945) XU 18%
ND (1942-1945) XV 16%
ND (1942-1945) XY 18%
ND (1942-1945) YC 13%
ND (1942-1945) YH 17%
ND (1942-1945) YT 21%
ND (1942-1945) YU 18%
ND (1942-1945) YV $ 0.42 16%
ND (1942-1945) YX 15%

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