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During World War 2, the Office of Price Administration was initiated by the Federal Government. This was done to prevent runaway inflation and to ration scarce commodities such as beef, sugar, gasoline, and tires for cars. Each household was issued ration books based on number and age of family members for their needs. They contained stamps to be used for this purpose and shopkeepers were issued small blue and red tokens (16mm) for making change. They were made of vulacanized fiber {celluloid} . The blue tokens came with 24 tiny letter combinations while the red which were more common were given 30. These letter combinations, condition and other error markings determines their value in today's market. The average red tokens sell for 40 cents each while the average blue for 80 cents each. Scarcer lettering , off center or double lettering can range from 5-6.50 each.

This lot of 21 regular red lettering and one rarer lettering is combined with 6 regular blue lettering for one lot of 28 tokens which are in nice condition. They have been nestled quietly in the bottom of a button box for 64 years and are ready to come out in the light and join your collection.