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Civil War token

Object Number: 
INV.13855.6
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
obverse "S. STEINFELD / SOLE AGENT FOR THE U.S." reverse "PRINCIPAL DEPOT / 1863 / OF THE / FRENCH / COGNAC / BITTERS / 70 / NASSAU ST N.Y."
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction of company shield with a crown on top, a bald eagle in the center, and crossed flags behind on the obverse; obverse "S. STEINFELD / SOLE AGENT FOR THE U.S." reverse "PRINCIPAL DEPOT / 1863 / OF THE / FRENCH / COGNAC / BITTERS / 70 / NASSAU ST N.Y."
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group