NEW TOKENS FOR THE MTA
On June 2, 1987: The MTA issued new tokens, which were brass with a silver metal bullseye. In 1986, 50 million new steel centered brass tokens were minted by the Roger Williams Mint at a cost of $5.75 million. Under “GOOD FOR” on the reverse side are small initials, “SJD,” for Silvester J. Dubosz, then Assistant Controller of the New York City Transit Authority. He was responsible for ordering the tokens, and was fired once it was discovered that he had his initials placed on the token order. Later designs of the token do not have the initials.
On June 2, 1952: Gary Bettman was born in Queens. Bettman is currently the commissioner of the National Hockey League, and has held the position since 1993. Before working for the NHL, Bettman rose to third in command at the National Basketball Association, acting as the league’s general counsel and senior vice president.
On June 2, 1972: Raúl Ibañez was born in New York City. Ibañez is a professional baseball player, having played for the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Seattle Mariners, and the Kansas City Royals. He is currently a designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.