Civil War tokens (2)
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Tokens; metal; (a) depiction of Lady Liberty surrounded by a ring of stars on obverse, and four crossed flags and a drum behind two crossed canons on reverse; obverse "1863"; (b) depiction of Lady Liberty surrounded by a rind of stars on obverse, and a ring of garland on reverse; obverse "1863" reverse "WILSON'S / 1 / MEDAL"
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.
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