5 Cents - Merrill Stores Co. Henlawson, West Virginia

5 Cents - Merrill Stores Co. (Henlawson, West Virginia) -  obverse5 Cents - Merrill Stores Co. (Henlawson, West Virginia) -  reverse

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Features

Country United States (United States)
Type Trade tokens › Wage token
Year 1943
Value 5 Cents (0.05)
Currency Wage Tokens
Composition Fiber (Green)
Weight 0.7 g
Size 19.97 mm
Thickness 1.68 mm
Shape Round with cutouts
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 176759
Numista (https://numista.com)
References TC# 99328,
TokenCatalog.com (http://tokencatalog.com)
Edkins# WV1295G5
Donald O. Edkins, Garrett Salyers, Mike Williams; 2015. Edkins Catalogue of United States Coal Company Store Scrip / Volume 1. All States Exclusive of West Virginia (4th edition). National Scrip Collectors Association, Olive Hill, Kentucky, United States.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Text with denomination and star cutout

Lettering:
MERRILL STORES CO.
5
MS
CO
HENLAWSON, W. VA.

Reverse

Text with denomination and star cutout

Lettering:
PAYABLE IN MERCHANDISE ONLY
5
THE OSBORNE
REGISTER CO.
CINCINNATI
THE OSBORNE
REGISTER CO.
CINCINNATI
1943
ORCO
PATENTED
NOT TRANSFERABLE

Edge

Smooth

Comments

This 5 cent token was used as wage payment for workers of the Merrill Coal Mines in Henlawson,  W.V. They then had to redeem it in the company store. There were at least 5 different denomination tokens that the workers were paid with.
The link below has some pictures of the Merrill Coal camp.
http://www.coalcampusa.com/sowv/logan/henlawson-wv-coal-mine/henlawson-wv-coal-mine.htm

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1943 

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