USA NEW YORK Civil War token Broas Bros

$25.00

USA, NEW YORK, Civil War token, no date, Obverse: ARMY AND NAVY BROAS BROs NEW-YORK, Reverse: turban head R, UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL (reverse die 1121), copper, 19mm, 2.41g, R-630L-2a, weak reverse XF

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During the Civil War a coin shortage developed in the north replaced for a few years by copper tokens mostly the size of the new small cents.

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.

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.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending 3. other things that we are interested in.