Token

Object Number: 
2002.1.1707
Date: 
1880-1920
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 3/4 in. (2 cm)
Marks: 
obverse "IMPORTERS OF / RHINE WINES.", "GLAUBRECHT" reverse "H. J. BANG / RESTAURANT / 231 / BROADWAY." obverse "IMPORTERS OF / RHINE WINES.", "GLAUBRECHT" reverse "H. J. BANG / RESTAURANT / 231 / BROADWAY." obverse "IMPORTERS OF / RHINE WINES.",
Description: 
Token embossed on one side with a bunch of grapes and the words "Importer of Rhine Wines". It reads on the reverse "H.J. Bang / Restaurant / 231 / Broadway."
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