Early Closure

On Saturday, February 22, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution will close at 2 pm, and the Museum will close at 5 pm.

Civil War token

Object Number: 
11.22
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction of Lady Liberty wearing a feather headdress on obverse; ring of garland on reverse; obverse "UNITED / WE STAND" reverse "BROAS BROS / ARMY / AND / NAVY / NEW YORK"
Gallery Label: 
James J. Broas is listed in the 1863 New York City directory as a pie baker. 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. The irresponsible nature of these tokens forced Congress to pass an act in 1864, forbidding private individuals to issue any form of money.
Credit Line: 
Presented by Oscar T. Barck. Jan. 15, 1924
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group