New York Transit Token Lock Keychain

This lock-style key ring features a vintage NYC subway token.
created by

Ward Wallau


Ward Wallau created by

Ward Wallau

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Keys to the City

Whether you take the A train every day or like carrying a piece of NYC close, this key ring is a nostalgic travel companion. The stainless steel lock key ring features an authentic, dime-sized, Y-cut New York transit token circulated from 1953-69. Officially licensed by the MTA, each one comes in a New York subway map-themed gift box with a certificate of authenticity. Made in China.


Made in China

Ward Wallau

created by

Ward Wallau



Disappointed when the MTA filled in the "Y" cutout of their classic subway tokens, Ward Wallau was inspired to find a fun way to incorporate the unaltered tokens into cufflinks. He wanted to prove to the MTA that the original tokens were worthy of celebrating and repurposing and, after 11 years of "no," Ward became the first licensee of the New York City MTA. Since that time, this "authenticity hound," has assembled and grew his team of artisans, production staff, and authenticators in Berkeley, California, where they re-imagine nostalgic artifacts as unique gifts that tell a story. Ward loves breathing new life into things that already exist, be it letterpress blocks, a wooden seat from Wrigley Field, or a bat broken at a Major League baseball game. "This business is ever-challenging, dynamic, and satisfying," he says. "It's not a good day if you don't learn something new!"

Handmade Recycled
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Stainless steel key ring, authentic NY subway transit token
1" L x 0.25" W x 2.13" H
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Very Disappointed


Bought this for my husband in June. Today, 8/1, he showed me that the token was missing from the keyring. All that is there is some dried glue. He doesn't know where or when it came off. Very disappointed with this purchase.

Aurora IL


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The seller thought of everything when creating this quality key chain. They even included a short history of how the NY transit Tolkien came to be. That was an enjoyable touch.

Manchester, NH


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Nice quality - for my son who lives in NYC and cannot believe we actually had to carry these around years ago.

Santa Rosa Beach, FL


A fun, nostalgic gift


My brother was bewildered by the MetroCard after not having been in NYC for about twenty years. He was wondering where the tokens had of course I couldn't resist this as a gag gift for Christmas! It's easy to use and seems sturdy so far. He was amused by it, too... DISCLAIMER: Not for actual use in the NYC subway system.

Brooklyn, NY


New York Transit Token Lock Keychain

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