B.W. Titus Advertising Token

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Description (Brief)
In the early 1860s Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut minted this Civil War store card coin for the B.W. Titus dry goods store of Trenton, New Jersey. During the Civil War many people hoarded coins resulting in a shortage that made buying and selling merchandise difficult. Some retailers responded to the problem by minting their own coins. Usually valued at one cent, these tokens helped their issuers continue to do business until the practice of privately minted coins was banned by the Coinage Act of 1864.
The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and tokens.
Obverse: The legend reads: B. W. TITUS/ 20 E. STATE ST. TRENTON N.J.
Reverse: The legend reads: DRY GOODS/ OIL CLOTHS/ CARPETS & C.
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Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 1.95 cm; 3/4 in
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National Museum of American History


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