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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13718.32
Date: 
1868
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction of Lady Liberty's profile surrounded by a ring of stars on obverse, and a bald eagle with a shield on its chest and arrows, a banner, and garland in its claws; obverse "LIBERTY / 1868" reverse "UDOLPHO WOLFE / SOLE / PROPRIETOR / BEWARE OF IMITATIONS / SCHIEDAM SCHNAPPS"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group