Mohrland Mercantile Company Powder Token

The United States Fuel Company owned the Mohrland, Utah mine 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 10 sticks of dynamite from the company score, while also allowing the company to control the distribution of explosives. 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 token was stamped by the Salt Lake Stamp Company sometime between 1915 and 1938.
overall: 3/32 in x 1 1/2 in; .254 cm x 3.81 cm
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United States Fuel Co.
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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