America's Ever-Changing MoneyMoney and Tokens of the Civil War (1861-1865)

Civil War Token

Civil War Tokens

The hoarding of all types of U.S. coins caused merchants to issue their own one-cent-size private tokens that circulated widely. Over 10,000 different kinds were issued, some with patriotic themes (known to collectors as “patriotics”) and the rest with advertisements (often called “store tokens”).