Civil War Token, 1861

There are numerous examples of Civil War Tokens that display sentiments in favor of the Union. Many of the patriotic series Civil War Tokens were issued in New York. The lack of tokens in the South has been attributed to the fact that the majority of private minters were located in the North. This token depicts a pro-Union stance: “I AM READY” and “THE UNION MUST & SHALL BE PRESERVED.” Once these tokens were circulated, they would remind their user of the Union’s justifications for war and buoy up nationalist spirits.
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Physical Description
copper (overall material)
overall: 31 mm; 1 7/32 in
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Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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