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Sunday 7th March 2021  

Quorndon Co-op Checks

These checks (sometimes incorrectly known as tokens) dating from the late 1800s, were issued by Quorndon Co-operative Society, probably from its inception in 1862. They were totally different to pub tokens issued in the early 1900s or the milk checks we may remember from the 1950s and 1960s - which were used at face value to make purchases.

Co-op checks at this time were given to Co-op members to record the amount of purchases you made. So for instance, if you spent 1 shilling and 6 pence at the Co-op, you would receive 1 shilling and 6 pence in checks. At the end of the 'dividend period', you would take your checks to the Co-op and if (for instance) you had 1 in checks and they were issuing a dividend of 2 shillings in the pound, you would receive 2 shillings in cash.

It was also used as a method of checking on the accounting (or honesty) of the Co-op manager, eg if he had issued 60 in checks in a week but only banked 58 in takings - questions would be asked!

Most checks were made of tinned iron, although some were made of brass. Checks of this type are described a 'bracteate', ie they are made by a pressing process and the reverse is a mirror image of the front.

Thanks to Roy Rains of Leicester for photographs and information regarding Co-op checks.

 missing information Missing information: Can you help? Has anyone got any more Quorn Co-op checks that we could photograph for the museum?
Please email us at: team2021@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2009-08-02
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 451

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