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Poland Telephone tokens
« on: July 07, 2019, 08:19:40 AM »
I have constructed a new Poland Telephone tokens page comprising three tokens A, B and C with a variety of each of these.

The small A tokens are for local calls lasting three minutes; the larger C tokens for long distance calls. Can anyone enlighten on the use of the 'B' token? ???


(Turkey has three token sizes used respectively for for urban calls; intercity calls; international calls)
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Re: Poland Telephone tokens
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 08:56:06 AM »
Polish phone tokens are a neat addition, Malcolm. Thank you!

My guess is that the B tokens were for local calls longer than 3 minutes. You could try a PM to our member ford.ka.

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Re: Poland Telephone tokens
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 12:08:40 PM »
I don't remember this too well (well, it was in the early 1990s...) so I had to google the issue and found this page - ?etony telefoniczne | Telefony PRL - which generally confirms what I can remember. There were three types of Tokens A, B, and C - there value was fixed in units (the unit being equal to the price of 3 minute long local call) at 1, 5 and 10 respectively. The original prices of a unit was 150 Polish zloty (0,015PLN in current zloty) but it went up to 600 zlotys (0,06PLN). They did not have a fixed function i.e. you could pay for international calls with tokens A if you managed to feed them to the payphone quickly enough, only a fixed value. The B token was similar in size to the largely defunct by then 2 zloty coin (KM 80) so it was phased out within a year to cut the losses. The token operated payphones disappeared in the mid-1990s, the last ones were gone in 2001. The final mintage is unknown - 300 million were supposed to be prepared originally - they were struck at Warsaw (with mintmark) and Kremnica (no mintmark) mints. Nickel-plated or nickel test tokens are also known.

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Re: Poland Telephone tokens
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2019, 12:20:16 PM »
Thank you that is a great help.
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Re: Poland Telephone tokens
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 06:12:45 AM »
Updated today with rare test tokens.



eBay blurb:
Poland - test telephone token - VA 1 - brass - 21 mm - 1980's

Used in Piotrków Region 

Obv: VA 1   Rev: (blank)

This token was used in 1980s when 2 złote coins of 1975-1885 pattern were used as payphone coins. Tokens were used by coin payphones repair workers to check function after repair. Very rare.



eBay blurb:
Telephone test token - Poland - DOPiT Warszawa / DYR

(DOPiT = Warsaw Regional Unit of Post and Telecommunication - DYR = Headquarters Post Office)

Extermely rare test token, single pieces known, used by workers to check payphone after repair in 1950s in Warsaw, when payphones were operated on 50-groszy coins.

Struck on blanks for 50 groszy coins, reeded edge. Al - 23 mm

Obv: DOPiT / (number incuse) / WARSZAWA Rev: DYR (raised)

H. Groenendijk catalogue - unlisted. Extremely rare, single pieces known.
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Re: Poland Telephone tokens
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 09:09:58 AM »
Great, malj1! It is clear that some serious research went into that listing, making it even more valuable.

Peter
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