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Dimensions: Overall: 20 × 20mm (13/16 × 13/16in.)
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 2001.322.144
This is a 1/2 pint milk token from the the Brightside and Carbrook Co-operative Society, which opened it's first shop in 1868. The co-operative movement aimed to sell good quality food and products to its members at reasonable prices. It was a popular system and other Societies soon formed in the Sheffield area. The Co-op also provided a fresh milk delivery service throughout Sheffield. A customer could buy milk tokens or checks, and then leave them out with the empty milk bottles as a way of paying. Leaving tokens out was thought to be safer than leaving the money outside in case it was stolen.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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