Mohrland Mercantile Company Powder Token, 10

Description:

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 owner 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.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: United States Fuel Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.MHI-I-1012.02Catalog Number: MHI-I-1012Accession Number: 304820

Object Name: Token, Powder

Measurements: overall: 3/32 in x 1 1/2 in; x .254 cm x 3.81 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-db07-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_865891

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