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Object Name: Civil War token
Date: 1863
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Medium: Copper
Dimensions: Overall (diameter): 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Object Number: INV.13855.55
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Marks: Die struck: Obverse: ``1863'' Die struck: Reverse: ``MILLIONS FOR DEFENSE NOT ONE CENT FOR TRIBUTE''

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Tokens called "Civil War tokens" were struck in some northern cities between 1863 and 1865 to supply small change for public transactions. To circumvent anti-counterfeiting laws, they were either not denominated or bore an evasive valuation, as here (i.e., "medal for one cent"). The obverse type may have meant to represent Martha Washington.