Mining Tokens

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.
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tokens, mining
$ 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
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Industry & Manufacturing
Coins, Currency and Medals
American Enterprise
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American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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