Civil War token
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Token; metal; depiction of anvil on obverse, and a lock on reverse; obverse "PATTERSON, BROTHERS / BUFFALO" reverse "WHOLESALE / DEALERS / IN HARDWARE"
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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