W. Virginia scrip
President's Page WVirginia Photos 46
Dare to Compare
Red House
Simply Amazing
Hiorra Supply Co.
Consolidation Coal
Private currency
Wake Forest
Monongahela Valley
West Virginia Coal
Alma Eagle Coal
Billy W. Campbell viewpoint collecting something new
Billy W. Campbell MISSING WV SCRIP
B.W. Campbell's fall letter
Billy W. Campbell


As I was researching and trying to make additions, deletions and corrections to the 4th edition Vol. II [West Virginia only] Edkins Catalogue of United States Coal Company Store Scrip, I kept running into a metal identification problem. On page xxiii of the new 4th edition I made reference to this issue. I would like address this in more detail, but it will require the knowledge, effort and time of all West Virginia scrip collectors for the scrip I have listed. I hope to motivate simply by saying "be a giver and not a taker". What I mean by that is don't let a few do all the work. I realize some people seem to have more time than others, but that's not really the case all the time. People spend more time on what they like and want to do. It appears to me that over the past 40 years or so many scrip metals were incorrectly identified, reported and catalogued for a number of reasons and some are still incorrectly identified. The catalogue has lumped Copper, Bronze and Brass as Brass and I'll admit that sometime in the future someone may take that on as a chore but not at this time. The issue is, the scrip I have gleamed and listed below is a more serious problem, and you may be able to add more scrip to the list. Those below are scrip that has been placed in the first 3 editions that most likely may not exist or maybe a large number may not, that's what we need to find out. If that is the case, you will not be able to complete a collection of a series, mine, town, or county that includes those misidentified metals. Please, please spend a few hours, days or weeks going through this list, making notes of those you actually have in your collection. Some that are Nickel, Nickel Plated, Aluminum or Zinc have been misidentified frequently. The most misidentified I think, is the Brass scrip when there is a known Nickel Plated of the same domination and series. In most cases the Brass scrip is very worn and any Nickel Plating has disappeared or the collector has not looked close with a quality magnifier in good light. Just recently there was a Bellwood A1 on Ebay that appeared to be Nickel that would be an unlisted metal of that series, Edkins has A1 being Brass, but there is a Nickel Plate A1, so is there a Brass A1? I really doubt it and if there is I would bet it's worn and began life as a Nickel Plate.

What I'm asking is, take this attached list, a good magnifier, great light and your scrip collection, research, record and mail me the results of the metal of your scrip. The list contains some scrip that has other issues that need to be addressed, please look at those also. What I'll do is compile, record, change the Edkins master file and notify the collectors of the changes. This project is as important as recording unlisted scrip, but multi reports are a must. The cold wet winter or hot summer days are a great time to upgrade your scrip collection and all West Virginia scrip.