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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.55
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 13/16 in. ( 2 cm )
Marks: 
Die struck: Obverse: ``1863'' Die struck: Reverse: ``MILLIONS FOR DEFENSE NOT ONE CENT FOR TRIBUTE''
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"). The obverse type may have meant to represent Martha Washington.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group