USA Civil War token 1863 patriotic


USA, Civil War token, 1863, Obverse: turban head L, Reverse: ARMY & NAVY, copper, 18mm, dies 63/309, lint mark on neck obv., VF

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The thousands of tokens made in the North during the Civil War were only made during 1863 and part of 1864, after which they were made illegal.

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.