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1971 Convenient Food Mart Trade Tokens - Southport, NC

1971 Convenient Food Mart Trade Tokens - Southport, NC - Obverse

1971 Convenient Food Mart Trade Tokens - Southport, NC - Reverse

Availability: Scarce (See Below)

Approximate Value: $10-$12

Date of Manufacture (Approximate): 1971

Description: These are trade tokens from the Convenient Food Mart in Southport, NC. The Convenient Food Mart was located at 701 N. Howe Street. Trade tokens, and other forms of trade scripts, were often used in small communities, such as Southport, in lieu of cash and were designated with a face value, much like a coin. These particular trade tokens appear to have acted like food stamps. They may have been issued directly by the store on behalf of the County, or perhaps given as change from a food purchase using food stamps issued by the County.

Item Acquired: September 11, 2012 from Oklahoma City, OK

Availability Scale: We have loosely defined 4 categories of availability for classifying items in our collection. There are many degrees of availability within each main category and the opinion of availability is subjective. These 4 main categories have been created to convey to the reader the approximate availability of an item within our collection. The availability is subject to change as new research comes to light.

  • Common - A common item is one where many examples are known to exist. Most modern items are considered common due to the large numbers of items made, published and distributed.
  • Uncommon - An uncommon item is one that does not surface often. There may be many examples of an uncommon item in circulation, but just not as readily available as a common item.
  • Scarce - A scarce item is one that is hardly ever seen outside of a few well known collections such as The Southport Times' Collection, the New Hanover County Public Library's North Carolina Collection or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection.
  • Rare - A rare item is an item where only 1 or 2 examples are known to exist. Items in this category may not even exist in the largest and most complete collections. Items in this category have extremely low distribution rates, adding to the rarity of the item.

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