Token, Encases Postage Stamp
Overall: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Token; encased postage stamp; metal and paper stamp; three cent postage, red background, depiction George Washington, is encased on obverse, reverse "TAKE / AYER'S / PILLS / PAT AUG 12, 1862 / J. GAULT."
Created to replace small currency which became scarce during the Civil War, these encased postage stamps are the forerunner of the popular ones which appeared in France, Germany and other European countries after World War II and are, of course, much scarcer
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