What are the original Monopoly pieces and how many different versions are there? – The Irish Sun

MONOPOLY gives players the chance to get rich and try to build an empire.

But what are the original Monopoly pieces and how many different versions are there.


Monopoly was introduced in the 1930sCredit: Reuters

What are the original Monopoly pieces?

Since the introduction of Monopoly in the 1930s, many game pieces have come and gone.

Some have remained since launch, and others have been discontinued.

Monopoly enthusiasts will know that there were six items in the famous gambling game‘s lineup.

The original six were:

  • The top hat
  • The thimble
  • Iron (now retired)
  • The shoe
  • The battleship
  • The Cannon (now retired)
    In 1999, a bag of money beats a pig and a plane to be added to the board but it was removed less than a decade later


In 1999, a bag of money beats a pig and a plane to be added to the board but it was removed less than a decade laterCredit: AP:Associated Press

Some additional options were added in 1935 and 1936:

  • The racing car
  • The Fellowship (now retired)
  • The Rocking Horse (now retired)
  • The Lantern (now retired)

And another collection was added in the 1950s and later:

  • Scottish dog
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Horse and Rider (now retired)
  • Money bag (now retired)
  • Cat (new in 2013)

How many versions of Monopoly pieces are there?

Different versions of the game present different versions of pieces to choose from.

Parker Brothers used Dowst Manufacturing Company to produce their parts.

The first coins of the 1930s were made of zinc alloy before the material was replaced by a mixture of lead and tin.

The reason for this change was that the lead and tin mixture did not oxidize and turn black as much as the zinc alloy.

During the war, therefore, the metals used for coins were a need for the armed forces and other necessities.

This is why the pieces were then made of wood.

They looked like chess pawns and were all a different color to distinguish one player from another.

Some versions had parts made of a mixture of paper and sawdust, but these were not of good quality compared to the wooden ones, so they were not very popular.

After the war, Dowst Manufacturing Company wanted to focus on die-cast toys such as fighter planes and cars and so Parker Brothers started manufacturing the parts in-house.

They produced some monopoly versions with pewter parts while others with plastic parts.

To this day, most versions are still found with pewter parts.

What versions of Monopoly are there?

This isn’t the first time the public has had a say in the play that will make it overtake GO.

In 2013 a vote meant that the iron was replaced by a cat, but there are many other editions available other than the classic board game.

There are many other cities other than London that are featured, such as the Chicago edition, a New York-opoly, and a New Zealand edition.

And then the sky is the limit for the themed options that have popped up since launch.

Some of the more creative include a Walking Dead Survival Edition, a 007 James Bond Collector’s Edition, a Beatles’ Collector’s Edition, and even a Sonic the Hedgehog Collector’s Edition.

How to always win at Monopoly?

You might think that Monopoly is a game of chance and there is no firm strategy to win it.

But one woman who knows otherwise is 2015 British Monopoly champion Natalie Fitzsimons from Northern Ireland.

The 26-year-old was ranked sixth in the world when she beat her husband and three others for the UK & Ireland title.

Study the rulebook first, to find out how you played the game wrong.

Then, here are Natalie’s top tips:

1. Borrow, borrow, borrow

We’re not suggesting you do this in real life, but Natalie advises players to mortgage themselves all the way.

Stretching yourself financially to buy streets and houses should earn you more money in the long run – in rent from other players.

Jessica says: “It still feels a bit like cheating, but I never know why other people don’t.

“As soon as you get yourself a monopoly, mortgage everything else and spend every penny on houses.

“A monopoly with three houses on each square is much more valuable with lots of low-rent property squares. You can always ‘unmortgage’ them later in the game.”

2. Cause a housing shortage

Never bother buying a hotel, houses are much more valuable – and limited.

This strategy is the one Jessica shares with Elpher, Imgur userwho says it’s a little known fact that the Monopoly box only contains 32 houses and 12 hotels.

If you can afford to put four houses on each, that’s only eight properties in total.

Elpher says, “The goal is to get a second monopoly and buy enough houses to create a housing shortage, thereby locking down the game for other players.”

3. Go to jail – and stay there

Jail seems to be the ultimate punishment, and most of us can’t wait to get out.

But towards the end, the best strategy is to stay in jail and collect the money – without risking landing on someone else’s squares.

Natalie says, “At the start of the game, you want to get out of jail as soon as possible.

“But once all the land has been purchased, sometimes it’s best to wait patiently in jail.

“At later stages of the game, it’s best to be behind bars so you can still collect but don’t land on expensive squares.”

It might not seem like the most fun way to win – but, according to Natalie, it’s the most effective.

4. NEVER buy Park Lane

For many, these are the most desirable squares on the board – but Natalie advises avoiding purple properties.

They may have come with exorbitant rents, but they are also quite expensive to buy.

And, for reasons we explained earlier, your friends aren’t very likely to land on Park Lane.

How can you turn things around when you lose at Monopoly?

Going to jail can also be a good strategy if you’re on the verge of bankruptcy and don’t want to risk landing on someone else’s property. Don’t stay there forever though.

Another good, but sneaky strategy is to form alliances and band together against powerful players.

Does your dad always win? Why don’t you and one of your siblings make a pact to block his monopolies?

What is the most landed property in Monopoly?

This is the first question if you are looking to earn rent.

According to math boffins, Trafalgar Square is the most landed property on the Cardboard Map of London, making it the most important to buy.

They work on the basis that the busiest square is the jail – due to how easily the Chance and Community Chest cards, as well as the dreaded Go To Jail square, send people to the jingle, combined with the probability of land there and just be Visiting.

There are six different ways to roll a seven, 6 and 1, 1 and 6, 5 and 2, 2 and 5, 4 and 3, and 3 and 4 – making this the most likely outcome.

Seven paces from the Jail is the Community Chest, but another seven rolls will land you in Red Territory – and Trafalgar Square.

Orange properties – on 6, 8 or 9 reels – are also a smart buy. Whereas the purple squares, despite having the highest rent, are unlikely to be landed that often.

What is the rarest Monopoly piece?

The rarest Monopoly pieces are the chess pawn pieces that were made during the war.

The hardest to find are those made from paper and sawdust.

This is because this material made the coins very fragile and they broke easily, hence why they were not so popular.

You will be lucky if you manage to find a collector who owns one of these coins.

They must be handled with care given their fragility.

The other rare coins would be the original coins that were produced for the first time.

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