Monopoly Pieces: From Original To Current Tokens (UPDATED!)

If you are interested to know about the Monopoly Pieces or the Monopoly Tokens, this is the post dedicated to you. You will find all the details related to Pieces that you use to play in Monopoly, with their history, how they evolve, and more.

Monopoly Pieces are the key equipment to start playing the game. These are symbols to denote a Monopoly Player playing the game.

There are as many tokens in a Monopoly game as the max number of people that can play that Monopoly Game Version.

Monopoly pieces
Image of the Monopoly Pieces together from Monopoly Deluxe Edition

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Monopoly Pieces Change Over The Years

The initial years

The Parker Brothers launched the game Monopoly in 1935. The original version of the game came with no player tokens.

The inventor of the game, Charles Darrow, wanted the players to use household items like buttons as markers. It had only six tokens, namely iron, top hat, battleship, boot, cannon, and thimble.

Later, wooden tokens were included in the game. In 1936, the game included rubber tokens, such as a car, battleship, dog, cat, shoe, iron, and train. 

As time progressed: World War II

The following year, the game introduced metal tokens, including lantern, rocking horse, shoe, thimble, purse, and top hat.

Then came World War II, creating a shortage of metals in America. Therefore, in 1942 the game returned to using wooden tokens because metal became expensive. 

As time progressed: Post World War II

Interestingly, in the 1950s, a few items like a rocking horse, lantern, and purse were replaced with a wheelbarrow, dog, rider, and horse.

But the ten tokens, including cannon, battleship, horse and rider, dog, thimble, iron, racecar, wheelbarrow, iron, and hat, remained intact until the late 1990s.  

Things That Caused Change in Monopoly Tokens

The Change of Ownership

In 1991, the Monopoly game changed hands from Parker Brothers to a game company called Hasbro. In fact, Hasbro acquired Parker Brothers.

Hasbro brought numerous licensed versions of the game, unlike Parker Brothers, which only offered two versions: a regular and a deluxe.

As a result, the board game world was inundated with hundreds of special editions. In addition, newer tokens emerged with each special edition.

For example, a Pikachu in the “Pokemon” version, the captain’s chair in the “Star Trek” version, and a horse’s head in “The Godfather” version. 

The poll

In 1998, Hasbro polled the public to know about their favorite token. The car and dog turned out to be the most popular token, whereas wheelbarrow, thimble, and iron were the leave popular.

In this poll, the company also asked people to vote for new tokens, which included “a bag of money,” a piggy bank, and a plane. Interestingly, “a bag of money” received the highest vote.

As a result, it was added to the game, making the total number of tokens 11.   

Monopoly Tokens From Original To Current With Story

Token name Introduced Retired/Replaced Returned The story
Top Hat 1935 None Continues till date Based on the main hat the game’s lead character, Mr. Monopoly, wears. People speculate this character is a reflection of  JP Morgan. He was initially known as Rich Uncle Pennybags
Battleship 1935 None Continues till date Battleship is not an exclusive token for Monopoly. Previously it was used in a game called “Conflict,” and now it is also a part of the game known as “Diplomacy.”
Shoe 1935 2017 A shoe or boot symbolizes hard work and the riches that come with it. 
Race car 1935 None Continues till date The race car was designed for Mr. Monopoly to drive around. Initially, it looked like a 1030s roadster but underwent several design changes in the 1960s. 
Purse 1935 Early 1950s It is the eighth member of Monopoly’s token family. It remained with the game in its expansionary phase. However, as the game was scaled down, the purse was dropped. 
Cannon 1935 2000 Cannon to was a part of “Conflict” and shifted to Monopoly when the former failed. Its original shape was changed in 1946 to look like a long cannon.  
Thimble 1935 2017 2022 Thimble is the choice of US Monopoly champion Richard Marinaccio
Iron 1935 2013 Iron has been the least popular token. In a vote where fans of Monopoly were asked which token they wanted to add to the game, iron received as low as 8% vote.  
Rocking Horse 1936 1950s It is one of the rarest pieces 
Lantern 1936 1950s It used to be tied with the rocking horse. Now retired. 
Wheelbarrow 1940 2017 This token came to replace lantern, purse, and rocking horse. It symbolized hard work and was needed to build properties around the board. However, over time it lost its popularity. 
Horse and Rider 1940 2000 Although this token made a mark in the 1950s, its glory faded in later decades.
Scottie Dog 1940 None Continues till date This token is Mr. Monopoly’s right-hand man/pub. It is one of the most loved and most voted tokens. 
Howitzer 1946 None Continues till date
Money Bag  1998 2007 Beating piggy bank and the bi-plane, this token found its place in the game. 51% of 1.5 million people voted for it. 
Cat (Hazel) 2013 None Continues till date This one is another popular piece in the game. It came to fame by defeating a guitar, a toy robot, a diamond ring, and a helicopter.
T-Rex 2017 None Continues till date This recent addition received more votes than any new potential piece. 
Rubber Ducky 2017 None Continues till date
Penguin 2017 None Continues till date

The Retiring Tokens

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, some of the game’s tokens retired without any replacement. They were horse and rider and cannon, which retired in 2000, and the bag of money in 2007.

Consequently, the total number of tokens came down to eight. 

The Replacements to the Retired Pieces

Between 2013 and 2017, the game company undertook some promotional campaigns and made certain piece decisions.

For example, in 2013, they replaced the iron with a cat and dropped three more pieces, a wheelbarrow, shoe, and thimble, in 2017. In places of these tokens, the company introduced a penguin, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and a rubber duck. 

Monopoly Tokens Based on Monopoly Versions

If you have already checked any other Monopoly versions, then you will find that the tokens differ from game to game.

Here are the detail of the pieces/tokens in different Monopoly Game Editions:

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition Tokens

This edition has merely six tokens: 

  • Segway
  • Space shuttle
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Baseball Cap
  • Altoids Container
  • Dog in a handbag

Monopoly Super Electronic Banking Tokens

There are 4 plastic Tokens in the game:

  • an Aeroplane,
  • A Car,
  • a Safe, and
  • a Shopping Bag

Monopoly Ultimate Banking Edition Tokens

  • Green helicopter
  • Red car
  • White jet
  • Blue boat

These four tokens are made of plastic. 

Monopoly Cheaters Edition Tokens

  • Hazel The Cat Burglar
  • Scottie Dog
  • The Getaway Car
  • Corporate Penguin
  • T-rex With An Extender-Arm
  • The Top Hat

Monopoly Here and Now Edition Tokens

  • The baseball glove
  • The statue of liberty
  • A trolley
  • A cowboy hat

Monopoly Deluxe Edition

There are 10 tokens in Deluxe Edition. The tokens in Monopoly Deluxe Edition are metallic with golden color.

The tokens are:

  1. Scottie the Dog,
  2. Thimble,
  3. Car,
  4. Horse with Rider,
  5. Top Hat,
  6. Cloth Iron,
  7. Wheelbarrow,
  8. Battleship,
  9. Boot,
  10. Cannon.

The Monopoly Token Vote With Results

In 2022, Hasbro put Monopoly tokens to vote for its next-generation version.

Fans of the game voted for different tokens. There were 4.3 million votes. The table below will show the tokens and their vote results.

Position Monopoly Pieces Vote Results
#1 Scottish Terrier 212,476
#2 T. Rex 207,954
#3 Top Hat 167,582
#4 Racecar 165,083
#5 Rubber Ducky 160,485
#6 Cat 154,165
#7 Penguin 146,661
#8 Battleship 134,704

Source

Special Monopoly Tokens

Unlike the standard tokens which are either made of plastic or metal, special Monopoly tokens can come in gold.

For example, Franklin Mint set contains 22-karat gold plated tokens, and the £1.3 million “Monopoly” set of Sidney Mobell has 18-karat solid yellow gold. 

Monopoly Token FAQs

What are the 8 original Monopoly pieces?

The 8 original Monopoly pieces are Battleship, Scottish Terrier, Top Hat, Race car, T-Rex, Penguin, Cat, and Rubber Ducky.

What replaced the thimble in Monopoly?

The thimble was replaced by the Penguin in 2017. 

What is the most popular Monopoly piece?

The Scottish Terrier is the most popular piece in Monopoly. 

Conclusion

Let’s conclude the post on Monopoly Pieces!

These Monopoly Tokens keep evolving and new tokens replace the older ones. This article will keep track of every other update happing in Monopoly Game tokens. So, you can bookmark this to refer to it later.

I hope you enjoyed reading the post.

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