USA, Civil War patriotic token, no date


USA, Civil War token, no date, Obverse: THE FEDERAL UNION IT MUST AND SHALL BE PRESERVED, Reverse: ARMY & NAVY, copper, 18mm, dies 223/328, XF

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To keep local economies going merchants manufactured millions of 1 cent size tokens in thousands of varieties. They were made illegal about a year after they began to be made.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.