Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection

Coal companies often paid workers in company “scrip,” a form of company money that could be redeemed at the company store. Examine the photos of scrip in the Arthur Kilgore Mine Scrip Collection.

What similarities and differences do you see between company scrip and government currency?

How would a miner use scrip? What limitations would using scrip put on miners and their families?


Kilgore, Arthur. Arthur Kilgore Script Collection. Photographs. Morehead State University.