U.S. Civil War token
diameter: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Die struck: Obverse: "CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION" Die struck: Reverse: "R.T KELLY,/ 1319 THIRD AV./NEW YORK./1863"
The front shows the Union shield in the center with a wreath, around. The back shows a top hat and the name of the firm that paid to have the token advertising their products made.
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").
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