Civil War token
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Copper token; depiction of Knickerbocker figure in center of reverse; obverse "KNICKERBOCKER / CURRENCY" reverse "GOOD FOR / 1 / CENT"
During the Civil War, there were no metallic coins of any denomination in circulation. Tradesman were thus forced to issue a medium that would supply the place of small coins. The first to be made in New York was the Lindenmueller, and followed by the Knickerbocker currency, which consisted of numerous varieties, and were struck in large quantities. The irresponsible nature of these tokens forced Congress to pass an act in 1864, forbidding private individuals to issue any form of money.
Gift of Mrs. Gordon Whitman
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