Civil War Token, United States, 1861

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One (1) Civil War token

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United States, 1861

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Obverse Image: Man with a large hat, bandanna around his neck, and a shirt decorated with stars.

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Obverse Text: I AM READY / 1861

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Reverse Image: Approximately forty (40) stars.

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Edge: Smooth

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.

Date Made: 1861

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, Civil War, Coins, Currency and Medals


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0023.006Accession Number: 2013.0023Catalog Number: 2013.0023.006

Object Name: token

Physical Description: copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 3.1 cm; 1 7/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1440611

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