Old Muni tokens

For a yet to be determined project: old sf muni tokens.
Photo by Joe Moore

When I moved to San Francisco in 2000, I lived on a cable car line and immediately began using it and the Van Ness bus lines. (Remember the 42-Downtown Loop? I sure do, and fondly.) Aside from riding wide-eyed around my new city, learning the ropes of the public transit system, I recall using tokens like the ones pictured above. They seem like such relics nowadays, what with the present-day move toward Clipper and electronic payment/proof-of-payment.

I’m pretty sure I saved one of these away in my little keepsake box at home.

Do you have any tokens left? Have you used any to ride Muni lately?

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Comments (7)

Dexter WongDecember 18th, 2010 at 12:37 am

Yes, I have a couple of brass “SF” tokens and a couple of aluminum “Market St. Ry.” tokens (Muni bought out Market St. Ry. in 1944).


jeff Reply:

Hi Dexter, do you have photos of the MSR tokens you could share with Muni Time Capsule readers?


Cranky Old Mission GuyFebruary 17th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

My remaining tokens are from the early ’90s, when Muni briefly handed them out when buses were late. I know that sounds strange to modern ears, but it is true.


BRMay 11th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I have an old brass Muni token, if anyone wants it. It’s from the early ’90s, just as the poster noted above.


Samantha MackayMay 11th, 2012 at 8:59 am

Do you know where I can get the old tokens from? My friend wants to use them as part of her wedding theme as she is getting married in the city


SFerMay 16th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Any idea if these are worth anything? I have a couple bags of them…


Scooby DubiousJuly 31st, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I moved to SF in 1993 and rode Muni trains and buses daily for many years.
I never saw anybody use a token. Ever.

I never saw them offered to purchase anywhere either.
What alternate universe did you people live in where Muni was still using tokens in 2000?


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