Civil War token
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Token; metal; token is not symmetrical; depiction of a ring of garland with crossed swords behind an anchor at the bottom of obverse; obverse "ARMY / AND / NAVY" reverse "THE FEDERAL UNION / IT MUST AND SHALL / BE / PRESERVED"
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.
Presented by Oscar T. Barck. Jan. 15, 1924
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