The tokens have always been an iconic element of Monopoly. Here we’ll be discussing those tokens and their history.
So keep reading to find out which tokens were present in Monopoly in the past and which ones exist today.
The 15 Classic Monopoly Tokens
The classic version of Monopoly has 15 tokens. However, there are special editions of Monopoly where the tokens are designed to follow a specific theme such as a goalie, soccer ball, and referee in Monopoly: World Football Stars.
Nonetheless, the classic Monopoly has had 15 unique tokens since its initial release until today. Interestingly, many classic Monopoly boxes come with different tokens, depending on when exactly they were created.
With that being said, here are the 15 tokens that are or were found in the classic game since its initial release:
- Top Hat
- Horse & Rider
- Sack of Money
- Rocking Horse
The History of The Monopoly Tokens
There are 5 tokens that have always been present in classic Monopoly, those tokens are the top hat, car, battleship, thimble, and shoe.
Since the 1950s, the wheelbarrow and the dog have also joined the game. Then, in 2013, the cat was also added.
As for the cannon, lantern, rocking horse, and purse, they were used during the first two decades of the game publishing until the 1950s. An iron was also present in the game but was abandoned in 2013 when the cat was chosen instead.
A horse & rider as well as a sack of money were also in the game. The horse & rider token lasted for a long time, that is to say from the 50s until the 2000s, in fact, it even existed for some time during the 40s. Contrastingly, the sack of money has lasted only a decade, appearing first during the 90s and vanishing in the 2000s.
An Internet Vote Changed 3 Tokens in 2017
Hasbro conducted a vote in 2017 to choose which Monopoly tokens should be discontinued and which new tokens should replace them.
The shoe, thimble, and wheelbarrow were therefore replaced by the t-rex, rubber ducky, and penguin.