Civil War tokens
Diameter: 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Die struck: Obverse: "H.J. BANG, / RESTAURANT / 231 / BROADWAY." "GLAUBRECHT" Die struck: Reverse: "IMPORTER OF / RHINE WINES."
Token; metal;obverse depicting a bunch of grapes around outside edges "IMPORTERS OF / RHINE WINES.", inside in small lettering "GLAUBRECHT" likely the name of the die sinker; on reverse "H. J. BANG / RESTAURANT / 231 / BROADWAY."
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. Congress passed an act in 1864, forbidding private individuals to issue any form of money.
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