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    Civil War era token

    Found at 1830's courthouse site. Token dated 1863

    Token wording: "Frank Smith Grocery & Liquor Store" "119 Sycamore St, Cincinnati"

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    One of the things I like about this hobby is research after the find. Learned something new today. From the Smithsonian -

    "In the beginning of 1862, citizens went on a hoarding frenzy as high inflation plagued the market after the outbreak of the Civil War. Their target: coins of gold, silver, and copper. The hoarding problem was so extreme that the government halted the minting of coined money and by the end of 1862 there were hardly any metallic coins in circulation. This was acutely felt by business men and customers alike since coinage in small denominations was most commonly tendered at that point in time. In order to alleviate the situation, merchants and tradesmen sought alternatives to government issued small change. Privately issued tokens, typically one cent and made of copper and similar in size to government issued coinage, were used instead and by late 1862 these Civil War Tokens were circulating in Cincinnati and New York."
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    Try tokencatalog.com
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    Here is the listing for that token from "US Civil War Store Cards" Ostendorf, Ed.

    The various matched up dies are all versions of the Indian head and the varieties can be pretty close in detail. I think you have a 1028 by my best guess.
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    Wow that's nice
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