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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.25b
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 19.2 mm
Marks: 
Die struck: Obverse: "NEW-YORK 1863" Die struck: Reverse: "EDW.SCHAAF/14&16/DIVISION ST."
Description: 
The front shows a naval Union shield. The back carries an advertising message.
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