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Token; copper; bust of George Washingotn in oval frame on a large five-pointed star, surrounded by a ring of garland, on obverse; reverse "GEORGE HYENLEIN / 28 / CHRYSTIE ST / N.Y."
During the Civil War, there were no metallic coins of any denomination in circulation. Tradesmen were thus forced to issue a medium that would save commerce. Many of these tokens depicted patriotic subjects.
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