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Scrip–promissory notes payable in goods at company stores–was issued by employers to pay workers, and was an important component of British money during the industrial revolution. As late as the third quarter of the nineteenth century, scrip issued by coal firms, which represented the foregone demand for official currency, was at least 9 to 24 per cent of the value of English country or Scottish banknote issues. In some areas, scrip was 38 per cent of the total wages paid. The state’s suppression of this private currency to defend its seigniorage rents was in part the motivation behind the prohibition of the truck system in 1831.