U.S. Civil War token

U.S. Civil War token
Title
U.S. Civil War token
Date 
1863
Medium 
Copper
Dimensions 
diameter: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description 
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.
Object Number 
INV.13855.66a
Marks 
Die struck: Obverse: "CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION" Die struck: Reverse: "R.T KELLY,/ 1319 THIRD AV./NEW YORK./1863"
Gallery Label 
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").
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group