Origin: Civil War tokens were unofficial, privately minted coins that were distributed within the US between 1861 and 1864. The panic of the Civil War had caused many Americans to begin hoarding coins, making it very difficult for businesses to operate. As a result, these businesses began producing a vast number of unofficial tokens—over 25,000,000 of them in total!
These particular tokens are known as patriotic tokens, which circulated primarily in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States. These tokens were typically pro-Union, and featured patriotic imagery with slogans like "The Union Must and Shall Be Preserved," "Union For Ever," and "Old Glory." Other types of tokens included store cards which displayed the names of local businesses and sutler tokens which bore the names of particular army regiments.
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President Lincoln visiting the battlefield at Antietam, 1862
Your order will include:
- One Union Civil War token, produced 1861 - 1864
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Your Certificate of Authenticity is more than just a piece of paper—it's a promise to you.
When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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