Carmyllie Free Church Token 1843
A communion token is a metal token issued to members of Reformed churches in order to provide them entrance to the Lord’s Supper, a closed communion in which only members of the church were allowed to participate. There were many types issued in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries and this particular one was issued for use at Carmyllie Free Church, a rural parish in Angus, Scotland. Carmyllie was formerly known for its stone quarries. For many centuries these produced high quality sandstone that was shipped all over the world. In 1843, a Free Church and manse was built at Greystone village, Carmyllie. It closed in 1943 and the manse was sold and remains a private residence. This token is oblong in shape with cut corners and struck in a lead-tin alloy, measuring 16 x 13 mm with the legend CARMYLIE FREE CHURCH 1843 on one side and THIS DO IN REMEMBERANCE OF ME LUKE XXII 19 referring to the words of Jesus in the Bible. The table number is struck incuse into the obverse and this was to indicate the particular service or ‘table’ at which the individual was expected to be present. Curiously the spelling of the town name on these tokens has only one ‘L’.