Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection, n.d.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection, n.d.
Creator
Kilgore, Arthur, 1895-1957
Extent
200 items
Subjects
Coal Mines and Mining
Scrip
Token
Arrangement
Information is organized according to the following order: Catalogue designation (Rarity rating), Company name, Location, Manufacturer.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Robert Underwood; machine-readable finding aid created by:Hilary Writt
Repository
Morehead State University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The initial pieces of Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection were donated to Camden-CarrollLibrary by Bob Underwood to honor his grandfather, Arthur Kilgore, 1895-1957, who was along-time international representative of the United Mine Workers of America. Mr. Kilgoreworked primarily in the coal fields of Southeastern Kentucky.
The Kilgore Collection was substantially increased by members of the National Scrip CollectorsAssociation. Mr. Underwood supplied descriptions and information about individual pieces.
Scope and Content
The system of identification adopted by the National Scrip Collectors Association, Inc., and usedby Edkins' Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip uses the following components:
State Identification: Two-letter abbreviation for the state where issued.
Town Identification Number: A unique 1-4 digit number assigned to each community in the USwhere scrip was known to have been issued. When the system was developed, towns werealphabetized without regard to state and numbers were assigned sequentially.
Series Designator: An upper case letter designating a series of scrip substantially alike in design,differing primarily in size and denomination.
Nominal value: A 1-4 digit number designating the value of the piece in cents. (1 = one cent, 10= ten cents, 100 = one dollar, 1000 = ten dollars, etc.)
Subscript: A lower case letter denoting minor variations in size, material, or manufacturer inotherwise identical scrip.
Retail value of scrip is determined by the rarity of a particular piece or set. Rarity values, basedupon the number of pieces known to be in circulation, are assigned as follows: R-1, 300 or more;R-2, 200-299; R-3, 150-199; R-4, 100-149; R-5, 75-99; R-6, 50-74; R-7, 25-49; R-8, 10-24;R-9, 5-9; R-10, 1-4.
For a more complete description of the origin, uses, identification, and valuation of scrip, seeEdkins' Catalogue of Coal Company Store Scrip and Explosive Control Tokens.
Until the late 1950's, when changes in federal and state laws, along with changing economicrealities doomed the practice, many companies issued tokens, or scrip, for use by theiremployees in company run stores. This practice was especially widespread in the coal fields ofAppalachia, where many miners also lived in company owned towns. In these company towns or"coal camps," the only store in town was usually owned or run on behalf of the coal company.
In theory, scrip was an advance against unearned wages and usable only by the employee towhom it was issued. In practice, many miners were never able to fully retire their debt to thecompany store and scrip became the unofficial currency of the community, even being placed inthe collection plates of some coal town churches. "Tennessee" Ernie Ford recorded a song,"Sixteen Tons," about this practice in the 1950's when the company store system was dying.
Scrip was manufactured in an almost endless variety of sizes, shapes, and designs from a varietyof materials. Most scrip was made of metal, although there are numerous examples of tokensmade from "compressed fibre," a paper-like substance. Most fibre scrip was issued duringWorld War II to save the metals for the war effort. Identification of scrip takes into account thesedifferences and assigns a unique number to each identifiable variety of token.
Scrip was usually denominated in the same values as U.S. currency. However, at least twocompanies issued a piece denominated three cents. The largest tokens were most frequently$1.00 face value. Pieces with a higher face value are very common. Special tokens, called"exploders," were used to facilitate the issuance of blasting powder, caps, and dynamite.
The obverse of the token usually indicated the name of the company or store issuing the scrip,and the value of the piece. A place name frequently appeared, not always where the token wasused. Sometimes, the location of the general offices of the coal or store company appearedinstead.
The reverse of the scrip usually contained the name and logo. Designs changed fairly frequentlyand are usually considered minor variants by collectors, if the obverse is unchanged. Otherinformation, such as value and name of the issuing company is sometimes added. Pieces with nomanufacturer identification exist in abundance and are termed "unattributed."

Contents of the Collection

Company Store Tokens

Scrip added to collection before February, 1997

KY 75B1b (R-2) Black Star Coal Co., Inc. Alva, Ky. Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token ky_75b1b
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KY 1597C5 Leevale Collieries, Inc. Leevale, KY Insurance Credit System

  • Token ky_1597c5
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KY 975H5 (R-1) Yokum Creek Coal Co., Inc. Evarts, Ky. Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_975h5
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KY 975H25 (R-1) Yokum Creek Coal Co., Inc. Evarts, Ky. Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_975h25
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KY 1169A100 (R-5) The Wilson-Berger Coal Co. Unattributed manufacturer

  • Token ky_1169a100
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KY 1169C100 (R-5) Wilson-Berger Coal Co. Grays Knob, Ky. Insurance Credit System

  • Token ky_1169c100
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KY 1323E100 Seagraves Coal Company Highsplint, Ky. Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_1323e100
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KY 1441D1a Consolidation Coal Company, Inc. Jenkins, (Ky.) Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_1441d1a
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KY 1441E1 Receivers of the Consolidation Coal Company Jenkins, (Ky.) Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_1441e1
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KY 1605F100 (R-4) Berger Coal Mining Co., Inc. Le Junior, Ky. Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_1605f100
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KY 2091A100 Norton Coal Mining Company, Incorporated (Nortonville, Ky.) Unattributed manufacturer

  • Token ky_2091a100
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KY 2197B10 (R-3)C. E. Flanary Store (Pee Vee, Ky.) (company store for Loony Creek Coal Co…

  • Token ky_2197b10
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KY 2197B25 (R-3) C. E. Flanary Store (Pee Vee, Ky.) (company store for Loony Creek Coal Co…

  • Token ky_2197b25
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KY 2545B100_1 (R-3) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky. Osborne Register Company

  • Token ky_2545b100_1
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KY 2677G50 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System

  • Token ky_2677g50
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KY 2677E100 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System

  • Token ky_2677e100
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KY 2677G10 (R-7) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky. Insurance Credit System

  • Token ky_2677g10
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KY 2677G5 (R-1)Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky.

  • Token ky_2677g5
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KY 2677G25 (R-2) Tierney Mining Co., Inc. Stone, Ky.

  • Token ky_2677g25
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KY 2929A5 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacturer

  • Token ky_2929a5a
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KY 2929J10 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacture

  • Token ky_2929j10
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KY 2929J25 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacture

  • Token ky_2929j25
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KY 2929K5 (R-5) Wallins Creek Coal Co., Incorporated Wallins, Ky. Unattributed manufacturer

  • Token ky_2929k5
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PA 1733D25 (R-4) Liberty Trading Co. Madera, Pa. (company store for Alexander Coal Co. and Liberty…

  • Token pa_1733d25
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TN 583B100 (R-6) Clinchmore Coal Mining Co. Clinchmore, Tenn. Osborne Register Company

  • Token tn_583b100
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TN 783C50 (R-3) Trimore Coal Corp. Devonia, Tenn. Osborne Register Company

  • Token tn_783c50
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TN 1047B100 (R-5) Rennebaum Coal Company (Fork Ridge, Tenn.) Osborne Register Company

  • Token tn_1047b100
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TN 1047C1a Rennebaum Coal Company (Fork Ridge, Tenn.)

  • Token tn_1047c1a
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VA 291C10 (R-1) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token va_291c10
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VA 291C50_1 (R-2) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token va_291c50_1
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VA 1499F25 (R-2) Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. Jewell Ridge, Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token va_1499f25
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VA 1499F100 (R-3) Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. Jewell Ridge, Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token va_1499f100
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VA 2089H100 (R-4) Norton Coal Company Norton, Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token va_2089h100
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WV 81H10_1 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_81h10_1
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WV 81V1 Guyan Eagle Stores Amherstdale, W. Va. (company store for Guyan Eagle Coal Co.) Osborne…

  • Token wv_81v1
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WV 177J1 (R-1) Koppers Stores Div. (Beards Fork, W. Va.) (large store company for many different…

  • Token wv_177j1
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WV 243C1 (R-5) Leccony Smokeless Fuel Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_243c1_1
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WV 243D5 (R-4) Leccony Smokeless Fuel Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_243d5
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WV 443B5 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_443b5
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WV 443B10 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_443b10
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WV 43B25 (R-1)Cameo Splint Coal Company Cameo, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_443b25
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WV 503A5 (R-3) Continental Store Co. Cassville, W. Va. (Cassville, W. Va.) Master Metal Ingle…

  • Token wv_503a5
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WV 505F100 (R-5) Continental Coal Co. Cassville, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_505f100
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WV 551C1 (R-2) Dixport Coal Company Cinco, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_551c1
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WV 717C5b Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c5b
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WV 717C1 (R-1) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c1
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WV 717C10_1 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c10_1
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WV 717C10_2 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c10_2
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WV 717C25 (R-2) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c25
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WV 717C50 (R-3) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c50
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WV 717C100 (R-4) Coal Run Coal Co. Cunard, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_717c100
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WV 969E1a (R-1) Princess Dorothy Coal Co. Eunice, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_969e1a
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WV 1153C1a (R-2) Detroit Mining Co. Gordon, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1153c1a
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WV 1295 G10 (R-1) Merrill Stores Co. Henlawson, W. Va. (company store for Merrill Coal Mines, Inc…

  • Token wv_1295g10
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WV 1315F5 (R-4) Ennis Coal Co. (Hiawatha, W. Va.) Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1315f5
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WV 1477M1 (R-1) Oglebay Norton Co. Kayford, W. Va. Master Metal Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_1477m1
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WV 1485B5 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1485b5
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WV 1485B10 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1485b10
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WV 1485B25 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1485b25
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WV 1485B50 (R-6) Columbus-Darby Coal Co. Keith, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1485b50
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WV 1501A1000 Earlson Coal Co. Kermit, W. Va. Insurance Credit System

  • Token wv_1501a1000
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WV 1583A50 (R-6) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Insurance Credit System

  • Token wv_1583a50
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WV 1583B100 (R-5) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Insurance Credit System

  • Token wv_1583b100
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WV 1583D5 (R-4) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1583d5
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WV 1583D10 (R-4) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1583d10
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WV 1583E1 (R-5) Greenwood Coal Co. Lawton, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1583e1
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WV 1656E5 (R-2) The New River Company Lochgelly, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1656e5
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WV 1677G1a (R-4) The Lorado Store Lorado, W. Va. (company store for the Lorado Coal Mining Co…

  • Token wv_1677g1a
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WV 1697H25 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1697h25
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WV 1697N25_1 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_1697n25_1
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WV 1747H1 (R-1) Robinson Run Store Maidsville, W. Va. (company store for Robinson Run Coal Co.)

  • Token wv_1747h1
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WV 1861A1 (R-1) C. H. Mead Coal Co. Mead, (W. Va.) Insurance Credit System

  • Token wv_1861a1
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WV 2141A1 (R-4) The New River Company Oswald, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2141a1
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WV 2293F10 (R-6) The New River Company Price Hill, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2293f10
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WV 2355A1 (R-1) Ravencliff Development Company Ravencliff, W. Va. Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_2355a1
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WV 2389D1 (R-8) E. C. Minter Coal Co. Rhodell, (W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_2389d1
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WV 2389F1 (R-5) E. C. Minter Coal Co. Rhodell, (W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_2389f1
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WV 2489A1 (R-1) Belle Mead Coal Company (Sabine, W. Va.) Ingle-Schierloh Co.

  • Token wv_2489a1
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WV 2531F5 (R-1) The New River Company Scarbro, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2531f5
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WV 2573E1 (R-1) Boone County Coal Corp. Sharples, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2573e1
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WV 2647E5 (R-1) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2647e5
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WV 2647E10 (R-3) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2647e10
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WV 2647E50 (R-5) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2647e50
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WV 2711F10 (R-5) The New River Company Summeree, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2711f10
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WV 2723I1 (R-1) Lake Superior Coal Co. Superior, W. Va. Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2723i1
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WV 2753G1 (R-3) Gulf Smokeless Coal Co. (Tams, W. Va.) Osborne Register Company

  • Token wv_2753g1
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WV 2829G1 (R-2) Semet-Solvay Division Allied Chemical & Dye Corporation Tralee, W. Va. Osborne…

  • Token wv_2829g1
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Scrip added to collection February 1997

WV81H10_2 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_81h10_2
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WV81H25 (R-3) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_81h25
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WV81K5 (R-6) Amherst Coal Company Amherstdale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_81k5
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WV201F25 (R-7) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Co.) (Bellburn, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_201f25
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WV243G10_1 (R-6) Leccony Smokeless Coal Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) heavily worn

  • Token wv_243g10_1
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WV243G10_2 (R-6) Leccony Smokeless Coal Co. (Besoco, W. Va.) heavily worn

  • Token wv_243g10_2
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WV443B5 (R-1) Cameo Splint Coal Co., Inc. Cameo, W. Va.

  • Token wv_443b5
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WV443B50_2 (R-3) Cameo Splint Coal Co., Inc. Cameo, W. Va.

  • Token wv_443b50_2
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WV513B1 (R-6) Kanawha By-Prod. Coal Co. Cedar Grove, W. Va.

  • Token wv_513b1
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WV697D25 (R-6) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Johnson Coal & Coke Co.) (Crichton, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_697d25
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WV685F100 (R-9)The New River Company Cranberry, W. Va.

  • Token wv_685f100
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WV921C25a (R-4) Branch Coal & Coke Co. Elverton, W. VA.

  • Token wv_921c25a
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WV1123A5 (R-2) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_1123a5
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WV1123A10 (R-2) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_1123a10
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WV1123A25 (R-3) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_1123a25
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WV1123A50 (R-5) Glen Alum Coal Company (Glen Alum, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_1123a50
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WV1579B25 (R-4) Laurel Creek Coal Co. Laurel Creek, W. Va

  • Token wv_1579b25
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WV1579C10 (R-6) Laurel Creek Coal Co. Laurel Creek, W. Va

  • Token wv_1579c10
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WV1613F25 (R-6) Seneca Stores Company (c/s for Johnstown Coal & Coke Co.) (Leslie, W. Va.)

  • Token wv_1613f25
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WV1697H5 (R-1) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_1697h5
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WV1697H10 (R-1) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_1697h10a
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WV1697N25_2 (R-2) Logan County Coal Corporation Lundale, W. Va.

  • Token wv_1697n25_2
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WV1745C25b (R-8) Christian Colliery Co. Mahan, W. Va.

  • Token wv_1745c25b
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WV2331C5 (R-1) Imperial Smokeless Coal Co. Quinwood, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2331c5
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WV2531F100 (R-3) The New River Company Scarbro, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2531f100
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WV2647E100 (R-5) The New River Company Stanaford, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2647e100
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WV2711G100 (R-7) The New River Company Sumerlee, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2711g100
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WV 2723K1 (R-1) Lake Superior Coal Co. Superior, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2723k1
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WV2771B10a (R-2) Mingo Mining Company Thacker Mines, W. Va.

  • Token wv_20771b10a
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WV2771B50 (R-3) Mingo Mining Company Thacker Mines, W. Va.

  • Token wv_2771b50
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WV3101A100 (R-6) Wyoming Coal Company (Wyco, W. Va.) piece has been bent, notice aluminum material

  • Token wv_3101a100
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KY2545B10 (R-1) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky.

  • Token ky_2545b10
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KY2545B100_2 (R-3) South East Coal Company, Incorporated Seco, Ky.

  • Token ky_2545b100_2
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VA291C25 (R-1) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va.

  • Token va_291c25
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VA291C50_2 (R-2) Gibson Fuel Co., Inc. Blackwood, Va.

  • Token va_291c50_2
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Explosive Control Tokens

Identification numbers and rarity are those listed by David Schenkman in Explosive Control. Tokens, published by the National Scrip Collectors Association.

S6 (A) (Keystone Coal and Coke Company) (Greensburg, Pa.) Good for 3 Sticks Powder Uattributed…

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