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Offline ZYV

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A tea check
« on: July 02, 2018, 08:40:18 PM »
4.50 g.
25 mm.
Please, tell:
1. How this check was used? Why it was "not transferable"?
2. How it can be dated?
3. How rare it is?
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Offline malj1

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Re: A tea check
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 12:47:05 AM »
Issued from the late 19th century they were the forerunners of coupons such as green shield stamps. The London and Newcastle issues were the most prolific and given away with packets of tea in various denominations of 2oz, ╝lb, Żlb and 1lb, which could then be saved up to exchange for a gift.

Not transferable is thought to mean it cannot be used at a different branch of the company. Most of these checks had their address or in some cases a number on them to serve as a check. However they must have been transferable between friends and relatives as the gifts included a piano requiring checks to the amount of 800 lbs of tea.  :o

They are eagerly sought after by some collectors and are a little scarce but not rare. Below are some other examples.
Malcolm
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Re: A tea check
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 08:24:00 PM »
Dear malj1, thank you very much for the information!
My publications on numismatics and history of Golden Horde  https://independent.academia.edu/ZayonchkovskyYuru