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Nov 20

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Here is a North Carolina Communion token from Unity Presbyterian Church in Carthage, NC.  Carthage is located in Moore County in the middle of the state.  I usually find myself writing about “good for” tokens instead of tokens such as this one.  Although now that I think about it, this can loosely be considered a “good for” token in that it was good for a seat at the Lord’s Table.  These tokens, borrowing from Scottish tradition, served as tiny passports to privileges offered by the Church.

The token is simple, just a simple ‘U’ inside of a toothed border with a plain (blank) reverse and 8 mm square.

Unity was established in 1764 but this token is likely from the 1790s under Rev. Humphrey Hunter.  Hunter was a veteran of the American Revolution and also was present at the first public reading of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

 

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