"Office of Price Administration Tokens:
Complete Image Resource & Checklist"

 

a Complete Pictorial Guide
showing every oPA token
* Plus - A way to track them



Dear Friend,

I am very excited to be sharing with you one of my interests, that of collecting World War II OPA Tokens. My introduction into collecting these little red and blue tokens is interesting. While at a coin show in Pittsburgh, PA, I was looking through many boxes of tokens when I came across something interesting, about the size of a dime. Needless to say I was intrigued by my latest find, and just had to purchase it for the 10c they were asking. Well, when I got home I researched this new type of token that I had just acquired, it was a ration token released during WWII. I later found out that the OPA stood for Office of Price Administration.

I have been collecting these for years, and have thousands of OPA tokens in my collection. I have completed two sets of these tokens, one in uncirculated condition and another in circulated. I cherish them because they relate to a time in history that we must never forget. During World War II, these tokens were used as a method to regulate or ration how much any given family could buy. This rationing was done because of the shortages that were caused due to the war effort.

This being one of my interests, I searched and searched... only to find that there has been little published on the collecting of OPA Tokens. This gave me the idea that I could use my knowledge along with other information that I have found on the internet to produce a reference guide. I have assembled this booklet as a means to share with you a complete pictorial reference of the OPA Tokens that are available for collecting. Additionally, I have provided you with a checklist for your own collection.


The Image Resource…


There are 30 tokens in the OPA Red set. The known letter combinations are HC, HT, MM, MV, TH, TY, UC, UH, UT, UV, UX, UY, VC, VH, VT, VU, VX, VY, XC, XH, XT, XU, XV, XY, YC, YH, YT, YU, YV, YX. Token MV is considered Ultra Rare, and the key in the set. Token MM is considered Rare, and is the second most important token in the set. Tokens YC and XC are considered Semi-Rare, and are slightly harder to find than commons. All other Red Tokens are fairly common, and should be easy enough to collect. All 30 Red Tokens are scanned and pictured in this guide.



There are 24 tokens in the OPA Blue set. The known letter combinations are CC, CH, CT, CV, CX, HH, HU, HV, HX, HY, TC, TT, TU, TV, TX, UU, VV, WC, WH, WT, WU, WW, XX, YY. Token WC is considered Ultra Rare, and the key in the set. Token WW and WH are considered Rare, and are the second most important tokens in the set. Tokens WU and HX are considered Semi-Rare, and are slightly harder to find than commons. All other Blue Tokens are fairly common, and should be easy enough to collect. All 24 Blue Tokens are scanned and pictured in this guide.



The Checklist…

There are three versions of the checklist that come with this package.  The first is in Microsoft Excel format, the second is in Microsoft Word format, and the third is in Adobe PDF format.  We made the spreadsheet available in various formats in order to provide you with the greatest control available over tracking your collection of OPA Tokens.

 

"This Kindle book is a complete reference for OPA Tokens"


What do you get in this Kindle book?

Quick History of the OPA:  Provided is a very nice summary of how the OPA came into being, and their role in rationing items during WWII.

Introduction to OPA Tokens:  A very informative article describing the history of the OPA Tokens, and their connection with America.    

OPA "Red" Tokens:  A complete pictorial review of all 30 "Red" OPA Tokens - these are high resolution scans from uncirculated tokens.      

OPA "Blue" Tokens:  A complete pictorial review of all 24 "Blue" OPA Tokens - these are high resolution scans from uncirculated tokens.

Token, Token, Who has a Token?:  This is a really nice piece of commentary on how war rationing affected families throughout the United States.  (Printed with permission of the family of Marguerite H. German).




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Once again, I thank you for buying this copy of the "Office of Price Administration Tokens: Complete Image Resource & Checklist". I hope that it has helped you out in your collecting adventures. This checklist has made the tracking of my OPA Tokens a lot easier, I am sure that you will also appreciate the time that it saves you. Go forth and collect them all !!!

Thanks,
Wayne

Book Reviews


Those who passionately collect coins as a hobby will be delighted to learn more about this little known set of tokens released during the Second World War. The Office of Price Administration (OPA) tokens were used in the early 1940s as a measure to balance local supply with overseas demand. And as such, these tokens represent that highly volatile period of American (and world) history when the government had to control how much a family can spend just to keep things under control for the sake of the war effort. But unlike other types of coins, OPA tokens are not exactly popular even among the average collector. In fact, not very much is now known about OPA tokens, and the author (Wayne Cekola) relates discovering this type of token occurred out of pure chance.

Fortunately, thanks to the ardent interest of long-time coin collector Cekola, anyone can now easily start their own “hunt” for these OPA tokens. The book is delightfully brimming with helpful information—the history of OPA tokens which were released against the backdrop of the USA entering the war, an introduction to the tokens, including a comprehensive checklist (which can be downloaded on the book’s official website using the password supplied in your Kindle book).

Everything you need to know, and more, about these tokens, including how to hunt for them to begin your own collection, is helpfully provided. And of course, the book is a “complete image resource” so that you can always use this as a reference guide when you’re out looking for these tokens.

Overall, this is a must-have book for the coin collector. If you’d like to include OPA tokens in your collection, you must download this book first and save yourself from much potential hassle.

- Meghan / Goodreads


Unlike our recent wars, there was a time when all of America as a Nation, was part of the sacrifice.  In World War II, Americans gladly sacrificed in the form of rationing.  World War II OPA Tokens (Office of Price Administration) were used for as a method to regulate or ration how much any given family could buy. This rationing was done because of the shortages that were caused due to the war effort.

In Wayne Cekola's insightful book - Office of Price Administration Tokens: Complete Image Resource & Checklist, he details the history of these seldom discussed tokens.

Like some coins these tokens have a numismatic value to collectors, since there are so few around anymore.

Even more important to me after reading this book is how sadly my generation and ones that have followed are oblivious to this period back in the States where everyone had a stake in the war, whether they were actually in combat fighting Nazi Germany.

The idea of rationing gasoline or food is foreign to present day America. We have a voluntary military now, with a relatively few number of soldiers doing multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  They are almost invisible to so many of us.

We go on with our lives encouraged to spend money at the mall or buying cars,or whatever, with little thought what came before in what is referred to as "The Greatest Generation." Those who fought for us in WWII gave us the freedom we have today.

So my takeaway from Cekola's splendid book is the metaphor of what the tokens represented, rather than the actual objects themselves.  That said, others will see the collector value of these OPA tokens, and that is also fine.


I had no idea that food and commodities were rationed during WWII. I like all types of history so this was a great read for me. I'm not too into coin collecting but this book is more than that. It's kind of a scary history lesson. What would you do if you only had a limited amount of food or clothes you could buy? If you are into history, WWII, coins, or just interested in something new, then this book is perfect for you.

- David Wolstenholm / Goodreads