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Local tokens
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Tokens were small cardboard, brass, copper or aluminum items, usually in the shape of coins, which were issued by private enterprise ventures such as textile mills, merchants, etc. These items took the place of coins and were redeemable at the issuing entity. A study of these items reveals much about the history of S.C. and its counties. Background on S.C. tokens The “Granddaddy” of all S.C. tokens is the 1837 R. L Baker soda water token from Charleston.