Civil War token
Diameter: 28.1 mm.
Die struck: Obverse: "ROBERT B. RUGGLES GOLDBEATER/225 CANAL ST./NEW YORK" Die struck: Reverse: "GOLD & SILVER LEAF, GOLD & SILVER BRONZE,/DENTISTS GOLD/AND TIN FOIL,/WHOLESALE/AND RETAIL."
The front shows a muscular arm wielding a hammer, with inscriptions around "ROBERT B. RUGGLES GOLD BEATER/225 CANAL ST.T/NEW-YORK". The back bears inscriptions "GOLD & SILVER LEAF, GOLD & SILVER BRONZE/ DENTISTS GOLD/AND TIN FOIL,/WHOLESALE/AND RETAIL".
Tokens called "Civil War tokens" were struck in some northern cities between 1863 and 1865 to supply small change for public transactions. To circumvent anti-counterfeiting laws, they were either not denominated or bore an evasive valuation, as here (i.e., "medal for one cent").
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