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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.73
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 13/16 in. ( 2 cm )
Marks: 
Die struck: Obverse: ``NEW YORK'' Die struck: Reverse: ``PRO BONO PUBLICO 1863''
Description: 

Token, die struck copper; obverse depicts a central star with an American sheild at center, text around edge reads "PRO BONO PULICO /1863"; small initials "E.S." below; revearse reads "NEW YORK" inside a laural weath.

Gallery Label: 
Tokens called "Civil War tokens" were struck in some northern cities between 1863 and 1865 to supply small change for public transactions. To circumvent anti-counterfeiting laws, they were either not denominated or bore an evasive valuation, as here (i.e., "medal for one cent"). This token was engraved by Emil Sigel of 177 William Street, New York City.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group