Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by JBZ RAID, May 20, 2013.
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"A red cent was a paper token, colored red. During WWII they were used for change in return for rationing coupons."
Do they mean Office of Price Administration (OPA) red points? I happen to have a few of those.
They also come in blue.
The answer from Wikianswers obviously refers to the OPA tokens and is completely wrong since as pointed out they come in both red and blue (and there is no experession about a blue cent), and the OPA tokens had no monetary value and were never accepted as a cent.
If you are referring to the red OPA tokens, those were not mils, those were "points". Every rationed food item had a certain amount of "points" assigned to it in addition to its price. these points would be paid using ration stamps from the ration book issued to you. If you didn't have the proper stamps or enough points (typically each stamp was worth 10 points) you couldn't buy the item no matter how much money you had. If the required number of points was an odd amount you would get your "change" in the red and blue tokens, These tokens could be used to pay the point values for rationed food items as well. The red tokens were good for certain classes of items and the blue ones for a different class, They were NOT interchangable. Red points were good for fats and meat, Blue were for processed foods.
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