Mohrland Mercantile Company Exploder Token

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The United States Fuel Company owned the mine in Mohrland, Utah as well as its company store that was run by the Mohrland Mercantile Company. This token is a form of scrip that entitled the bearer to one exploder (detonator) from the company score. Scrip is a substitute for legal tender 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 (often sold at a markup) and the use of scrip in lieu of pay was often a source of contention between workers and management. This powder token also allowed the company to control the distribution of explosives. This token was stamped by the Salt Lake Stamp Company sometime between 1915 and 1938.
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overall: 3/32 in x 1 1/8 in; .254 cm x 2.8575 cm
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United States Fuel Co.
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National Museum of American History


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