Patriotic tokens were privately minted in the early days of the Civil War and were used as currency in parts of the country due to an insufficient number of government issued cents. The United States Congress passed a law on April 22, 1864, banning their use. This example is the size of an Indian Head Cent and bears the bust of General George B. McClellan on the face with “1863” and his nickname “LITTLE MACK.” The reverse reads “Mc. CLELLAN MEDAL FOR ONE CENT.” The token has sharp details and a lovely bronze patina. A very fine Civil War token.
Comes housed in a 4 x 5 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
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Inventory Number: CUR 099