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It is a check of some sort, but with just a number, it is impossible to say where from or for what.

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Also known as a "chit" in some circles. Such as a tool chit. Used as a tracking or accounting device prior to the electronic age. For example an employee would be given one or more chits to use when going to the company's tool room to borrow a tool. The employee would deposit the chit with his number on it at the tool room and receive a tool needed to do a job. Once finished with the tool the employee would return the tool and receive his chit back in exchange showing that he returned the tool. The chit would usually hang on a board (hence the hole)and the tool room employee could check to see who still has tools out. Also used in other applications.

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Another example is in mining. When a worker went underground, they placed their token on the board. When they came out, they retrieved their token. In an emergency, a quick check of the board would reveal who was and was not accounted for.

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A few things would help.

1. Where are you at? You don't list a country.

2. Where did you friend find it? Metal detecting, bought, etc.

3. What type of metal do you think it is.

 

The crown on one side suggest some kind of Royal linkage, but may not be. Whether something like the royal navy, a company that worked for royalty, or other maybe just something like a Imperial Sugar or Imperial margarine company chit.

It does look relatively new as in under 100 years old. Chits are still being used today.

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Since it was at a fair its kind of wide open. It could be from anywhere in the country. My guesstimate is from a ship yard. Maybe call up Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries and see if they will be of help.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harland_and_Wolff

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