Mining Tokens

Description
Scrip is a substitute for legal tender that was often used in coal towns as a substitute for monetary wages or credit against the miner’s next paycheck. Scrip could only be spent in company stores for goods (sold at a a high markup in isolated towns with weak labor unions) and was part of a corporate paternal system of employee benefits that helped management control workers and made labor organization difficult. The Liberty Trading Company of Madera, Pennsylvania issued this scrip for use in their stores. The company produced several different token in $10.00, $5.00, $1.00, .50¢, .25¢, .10¢, and .05¢ denominations.
Object Name
tokens, mining
Measurements
$ 10.00 token: 2 in x 2 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
$ 5.00 token: 1 13/16 in x 1 13/16 in; 4.572 cm x 4.572 cm
$ 1.00 token: 1 11/16 in x 1 11/16 in; 4.318 cm x 4.318 cm
$ .50 token: 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 3.81 cm
$ .25 token: 1 5/16 in x 1 5/16 in; 3.302 cm x 3.302 cm
$ .10 token: 1 3/16 in x 1 3/16 in; 3.048 cm x 3.048 cm
$ .05 token: 1 1/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 2.794 cm x 2.794 cm
ID Number
2010.0043.553
accession number
2010.0043
catalog number
2010.0043.553
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Work and Industry: Mining
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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