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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.71
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
19.2 mm.
Marks: 
Die struck: Obverse: "CAFE AUTERNIETH / 85 / CHATHAM / ST. / N-Y." Die struck: Reverse: "NOT ONE CENT"
Description: 
The front shows inscriptions while part of the inscription on the back is within a wreath.
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").
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group