Civil War token

Object Number: 
11.31
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction of the Union flag within a circle of stars on obverse; obverse " THE FLAG OF OUR UNION / 1863" reverse "IF ANYBODY ATTEMPT TO TEAR IT DOWN / SHOOT HIM / DIX / ON THE SPOT"
Gallery Label: 
During the Civil War, there were no metallic coins of any denomination in circulation. Tradesmen were thus forced to issue a medium that would save commerce. Many of these tokens depicted patriotic subjects. The irresponsible nature of these tokens forced Congress to pass an act in 1864, forbidding private individuals to issue any form of money.
Credit Line: 
Presented by Oscar T. Barck. Jan. 15, 1924
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group