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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.56
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction of a profile of Lady Liberty wearing a headdress on obverse, and a drum and four crossed flags behind two crossed canons on reverse; obverse "LIBERTY / 1863" reverse "UNION 63 / 76"
Gallery Label: 
During the Civil War, there were no metallic coins of any denomination in circulation. Tradesmen were thus forced to issue a medium that would save commerce. Many of these tokens depicted patriotic subjects. The irresponsible nature of these tokens forced Congress to pass an act in 1864, forbidding private individuals to issue any form of money.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group