More and more items are being added to the purple slot on TH diluting the prize pool. The chance of winning a Barrows item becomes smaller and smaller and with 28 items the hopes of ever making a set become unlikely. If Barrows items were to be replaced with an universal Barrows token the players can get whichever item they desire. Tokens already exist on the purple slot so why not?
Given that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that I can't presume to know the fate of TH it seems a small compromise in favor of the player is due at this time. People might even be more excited by the prospect of spending money on something they want.