Civil War tokens

Civil War tokens
Title
Civil War tokens
Date 
[1863]
Medium 
Copper
Dimensions 
Diameter: 21.4 mm.
Description 
The front bears inscriptions while the back shows a bunch of grapes.
Object Number 
INV.13855.21a
Marks 
Die struck: Obverse: "H.J. BANG,/RESTAURANT/231/BROADWAY." Die struck: Reverse: "IMPORTER OF/RHINE WINES."
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