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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.27b
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 19.9 mm
Marks: 
Die struck: Obverse: ``1863'' Die struck: Reverse: ``GOD PROTECT THE UNION''
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"). Although the obverse is unsigned, the type resembles George Lovett's Civil War store card. Patriotic Civil War tokens often bear inscriptions calling on the deity's aid.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group