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How many playing pieces are in the game of Monopoly?

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November 10, 2010 5:34AM

Depending on your edition of the game, there are either eight, ten or twelve. Junior editions may have only six tokens. The current, classic edition has eight.

The game was originally released in 1935 with four colored wooden pawns. Parker Brothers acquired the rights to Monopoly in 1936, and released the 1937 version with eight metal playing pieces:

  • Iron
  • Race car
  • Top hat
  • Shoe
  • Thimble
  • Lantern (retired early 1950s)
  • Purse (retired early 1950s)
  • Rocking horse(retired early 1950s)

Two more tokens (the Cannon and Battleship) were added in 1940, after another of Parker Brothers' games, "Conflict," proved to be a commercial flop, raising the total number of pieces to ten. Three of the original pieces (lantern, purse, and rocking horse) were retired in the early 1950s and were replaced with three new designs (the dog, the wheelbarrow, and the horse and rider).

In 1995, Hasbro, which had acquired the rights to the game, added two additional pieces for the release of Monopoly Deluxe, raising the total number of pieces to twelve, but only for versions of the Deluxe Edition.

The twelve deluxe pieces were:

  • Iron (1937)
  • Race car (1937)
  • Top hat (1937)
  • Shoe (1937)
  • Thimble (1937)
  • Battleship (1940)
  • Cannon (1940)
  • Scottie dog (early 1950s)
  • Horse and rider (early 1950s)
  • Wheelbarrow (early 1950s)
  • Locomotive (1995)
  • Money bag (1995)

In 2006, one edition of the game, Monopoly Here and Now, got an entirely new look (see related links) to reflect 21st century culture.

Tokens for this set included:

  • McDonald's fries
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop computer
  • Jet plane
  • Labradoodle dog
  • Starbuck's coffee cup
  • New Balance running shoe
  • Minivan

The eight current, classic pieces are:

  • Scottie dog
  • Iron
  • Race car
  • Thimble
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Top hat
  • Horse and rider
  • Shoe

There are also a number of special editions with Disney, Starwars, Simpsons, Sesame Street, and SpongeBob characters, among others. The Junior editions, such as Sesame Street, typically have only six playing pieces.