The annual spring show of the National Scrip Collectors Association, postponed because of Covid-19, will be held October 15-16 in the Appalachian Room of the Country Inn & Suites on Harper Road in Beckley. The show is open to the public and free of charge.
Scrip was the primary form of exchange for many miners here in West Virginia as well as many other coal mining states. Most scrip was made of metal and resembled coins in denominations ranging from 1 cent through $20, though $1 and $5 tokens are usually the highest denominations encountered, according to Kevin Andersen, the editor of Scrip Talk, the official publication of the National Scrip Collectors Association.
“Scrip was issued to miners as an advance of their pay and could be used to purchase products at the company store. The company store offered just about anything a miner’s family would need,” he said in a press release.
“Though the use of scrip ended in the 1950s, it is widely circulated today – that is, among collectors. While most collectors today focus on particular companies or counties for their collections, many also collect certain denominations, tokens with pictures on them or even certain states, just to name a few.
“This show is a great opportunity to not only learn about scrip, but also get started in scrip collecting or, for the advanced collector, perhaps even add a token or two to your collection,” he said.
Collectors and dealers will arrive throughout the day on Friday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, October 16 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“If you would like to sell, trade, or buy scrip, lumber tokens or merchant tokens, then this show is a great opportunity for you. Dealers will have tables set up with lots of scrip and other tokens, as well as books, mining lamps, scatter tags and other mining memorabilia available for your consideration. Even if you just want to come over and have a look, or talk about bygone days in the coal camps, come on over and sit a spell,” Andersen said.
For more information, visit the website at http://nationalscripcollectors.org/