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I know I know. This don't belong in the shooting section but i figured i'd get the best response here.

On a hunting outing in my area i found these little thin metal tags with some still bearing the red tint. They are marked "Red Fox Coal" on them and as i said before they still have some slight red tint to them. It was on old strip mine property in So. IL(hasn't been mined in over 45-60 years to my knowledge and maybe longer) but that is all i can tell you about location. A local man told me he thought they use to go with batches of coal. The only thing i could find was Red Fox Coal Co. was out east in VA. Can anybody give my any idea what i have. I'm sure they are not worth anything but are interesting none-the-less.----Matt
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Anybody know what these were used for? I'm just curious as to what their purpose was. They are very thin flimsy metal which i believe to be aluminum because its not magnetic. I figured some of you older gentlemen may have been around the older strip mines and knew what these were used for.---Matt
 

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They were used to identify the mine that a load of coal came from. Often placed as a seal on the truck or the train car the coal was delivered in. My wife has a customer that collects them and she'll ask him more about them. Wont be for a week or so though.
 

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Barry---Thanks so much for that info Barry. I sent you a PM.----Matt
 
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