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Token

Object Number: 
2002.1.1706
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
1/8 x 1 in. diameter
Marks: 
"John Schuh's Saloon / 88 / First Ave, N.Y."
Description: 
Token die struck with a Native American head in profile, surrounded by thirteen stars, below "1863" ; reverse reads "John Schuh's Saloon / 88 / First Ave, N.Y."
Gallery Label: 

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: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group