Civil War Token, United States, 1861

Description (Brief)
One (1) Civil War token
United States, 1861
Obverse Image: Man with a large hat, bandanna around his neck, and a shirt decorated with stars.
Obverse Text: I AM READY / 1861
Reverse Image: Approximately forty (40) stars.
Reverse Words: THE UNION MUST & SHALL BE PRESERVED
Edge: Smooth
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1861
place made
United States
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3.1 cm; 1 7/32 in
ID Number
2013.0023.006
accession number
2013.0023
catalog number
2013.0023.006
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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