These four red ration coins from World War II were created by the Office of Price Administration, after the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

“The functions of the OPA were originally to control money (price controls) and rents after the outbreak of World War II.” The tokens were used from 1942-1945, and each household would receive an allotted amount based on job, number of family members, ages, children, handicapped, and elderly. “Red OPA,’ used for meats and fats, are a lot more common than blue ones, which were used for processed foods.