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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13784.8
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 19.2 mm
Description: 
Copper token; obverse shows a naval Union shield, legend reads "NEW-YORK / 1863"; reverse shows "14 & 16" at center with surrounding legend reading: "EDW. SCHAAF / DIVISION ST."
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").
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Gordon Whitman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group