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Physical Description:
copper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3.1 cm; 1 7/32 in
Object Name:
token
Place made:
United States
Date made:
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
ID Number:
2013.0023.006
Accession number:
2013.0023
Catalog number:
2013.0023.006
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1440611