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USA Civil War, 'Army & Navy' token

USA Civil War, 'Army & Navy' token



USA Civil War, 'Army & Navy' token

Struck: 1863

Patriotic token with French Liberty Head.

Obverse: Liberty, wearing the Phrygian cap of Freedom, surrounded by 13 stars and date 1863.
Reverse: Army & Navy, surrounded by wreath and swords.

Article code: 14-1119

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During the Civil War, government-issued coins were hoarded as soon as they were released, making it difficult for businesses to conduct transactions. To fill this void, private minters began making Civil War tokens, many with patriotic themes. Civil War tokens are divided into three types: patriotic tokens, store cards and sutler tokens. All three types were used as currency until the United States Congress passed a law on April 22, 1864 prohibiting the issue of tokens or devices for use as currency. On June 8, 1864 an additional law forbade all private coinage.

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