This is a rubbing of a pub token issued by the White Hart, probably in the 1920s or 1930s. Other values were also issued.
The original token is made of tinned iron, so is grey in colour. Tokens 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.
Many pubs or inns used checks in the 19th to early 20th century. Usually they are made of brass and have the name of the pub on them, together with the location and sometimes the name of the publican. The most common values are 1d, 1½d, 2d or 3d. They had various uses dependent on the issuer. They could be used for tips by the publican, as 'wet money' eg if a club rented a room regularly at a pub some checks could be given to members to obtain their drinks cheaper.
Thanks to Roy Rains of Leicester for supplying this rubbing and other photographs and information regarding the Coop, checks and tokens
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