Civil War token
diameter: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Die struck: Obverse: ``FOR OUR COUNTRY A COMMON CAUSE'' Die struck: Reverse: ``NOW/AND FOR/EVER''
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"). The obverse type may have meant to represent Martha Washington.
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