Civil War token
Diameter: 19.6 mm.
Die struck: Obverse: "GARLAND'S/95/BOWERY/COR.OF/HESTER ST. N.Y." Die struck: Reverse: "FINE ALE/DRAWN/FROM WOOD."
Both sides bear inscriptions advertising a brewery. Recto: Union For Ever, verso: J A BRENNAN / 37 NASSAU ST / FOREIGN US POSTAGE STAMP.
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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