In 1862, with the Civil War raging, coins were withdrawn from circulation in the northern states. Private die sinkers made the most of this coin shortage by making copper tokens for merchants. Some tokens had advertisements on them, others bore patriotic symbols or sentiments, and enough were designed to fool people into thinking that the coin they held in their palm was a real U.S. cent that the government banned the private minting of money in 1864.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

myArmoury.com

myArmoury.com

This resource for historic arms and armour collectors provides exhaustive information on modern reproductions (cust… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]

The Civil War

The Civil War

Paul McWhorter’s amazing reference site tells the story of the Civil War through high resolution scans of Harpers… [read review or visit site]

Mikes Tanks

Mikes Tanks

Mike Seeber’s extensive collection of over 500 diecast tanks and military vehicles, dating back to WWII. Browse b… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Civil War Token/1887 Indian Head Ends*old Roll**50 Wheat And Indian Cents #2586Civil War Token Freeport Illinois Amazon Lady Freeport BreweryVery Rare--r-10 !! Cincinnati 's " B. Jahr-10 Cent Token " 165cc-3a Ngc Au-50Very Scarce--maumee City Ohio " Toll Bridge Co. " 540b-1a Ngc Ms-64 No Resv.Civil War Token/1865 Indian Head Ends**old Roll**wheat And Indian Cents #2607Abraham Lincoln Civil War Token1864 O.k. Lincoln Brass Civil War Token R3, Xf, F.127-248 Cwt Coin (240751y)1863 Indian Head Bow Arrow Civil War Token R3, Xf, F.58-439 Cwt Coin (241706y)Circa 1860 Root & Co Daugerreotypes Ny Daguerrian Token CoinSutler Token - R.r. Landon - 1st Regiment Usmf - Xf/au - Nl-q25b - R9Abraham Lincoln Civil War Token King #2091908 Liberty Head Nickel Counterstamped "deal / W.c. Co., Inc. / Warranted 14k"Rare--brass--cincinnati Ohio " E. Townley " 165gb-6b Ngc Ms-62 No ReserveScarce--concord New Hampshire " Restorator " 120a-1a Ngc Ms-64rb Sms/smt/svm Abraham Lincoln Civil War Token1864 Lincoln The Right Man Civil War Token R5, F.126-295 Rare Cwt Coin (281812y)High Grade--1863-columbus Ohio's " Wagner Dining Hall " 200i-3a Ngc Ms-65 Nr1868 Shell Card - Udolpho Wolfe Schiedam Schnapps, New York - Brass - AuRare--zinc--dublin Indiana " A. Jenks-dry Goods " 250a-1i Rarity 9 Unc+High Grade--indiana Primitive--patriotic Civil War Token 211/400a Ngc Ms-651863--high Grade--new York's " Pie Baker " 630m-2a Ngc Ms-65 No ReserveCivil War Token Dekalb Illinois Single Merchant Town Nice Condition LusterOld Us Double Dated 1863 Civil War Token! "monitor"- Fantastic Piece! (c5)1863 M. Mcneil Elgin Il Smt Civil War Store Token R5, Il270a-1a Rare Scm(291825y1863 M.c. Meyer Civil War Store Card Token R4, Wi510z-1a Cwt Scarce Coin(281644y1863 M.l. Marshall, Toys, Rare Coins, Civil War Store Card Token, Ny695a, Cwt XfCivil War Token Wi620l-3aCivil War Token Newark Nj White Metal Charles Kolb Restaurant1863 Not One Cent Indian Head Brass Civil War Token R3, F.59-385 Cwt (291128y)Civil War Token/1894 Indian Head Ends*old Roll**50 Wheat And Indian Cents #2585Civil War: Confederate States Silver Half Dollar: Bashlow Restrike: 1962Fantastic 1863 "beware" Copperhead Snake Patriotic Civil War Token1863 Mcclellan Horrors Of War Civil War Token R3, Xf/au, F.138-256 Cwt (240740y)1863 Ohio Civil War 500000 Persons Cured Annually By Dr Bennett's MedicinesSutler Token - 2nd Regiment Ohio Cavalry - Ngc Au53 - Oh-c5b R71864 Dunn & Co Oyster Boston Civil War Store Card Token R5, Ma115b-2a Rare(3009y1863 Sb & Ja Paige Oshkosh Civil War Store Token R5, Wi620lc-3a Rare Scm(291805y1863 Patriotic Civil War Token The Flag Of Our Union / Shoot Him On The Spot Dix1863 Broas Brothers Bakers Civil War Store Card Token R3, Ny630u-13a (240803y)Civil War Token Pa765r-3aAbraham Lincoln Civil War Token King #207Sutler...pa..j.a. Garman.s-i25b..54 Pa Volunteers...ngc Au 50..rarity 5Very High Grade-very Scarce-fond Du Lac Wisc. " Druggist " 220m-1a Ngc Ms-66rbSutler Token - J. A. Garman - 54th Pennsylvania Vol. - Ngc Au55 - Pa-i10ba - R5Civil War Token/1898 Indian Head Ends*old Roll**50 Wheat And Indian Cents #2602High Grade-red/brown-new York's " Millers Hair Invigorator " 630av-1a Ngc Ms-65Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Civil War Token, V.blatz City Brewery Malt House 510-e-1a 1863 S. Klauber Madison Wis. Scm Civil War Token R4, Wi410d-1a Scarce (291159y)1863 Civil War Token Hero Of Pea Ridge F. Sigel / Union For Ever $.99 Start NrGlassboro, N.j.....whitney Glass Works...nj-gb-5a Brass Francis Die#1Army & Navy Civil War Token Free S/h!!!1863 Civil War Token ~ Horrors Of War ~ Blessings Of Peace ~ Union For Ever1863 Wilson's 1 Medal, Civil War Token, F.19-396 Cwt Coin Vintage (280855y)1864 Lincoln Civil War Token - Catalog# 127/248a1864 Abraham Lincoln Civil War Campaigntoken O. K. Reverse A. Gleason Hillsdale Michigan Civil War Store Token R4, Mi450g-7a Scarce(291655y1864 Ep Francis Fall River Civil War Store Token R5, Ma260a-1a Rare Smt (301045y1861 Anacs Ny-water Token, Hc Welles 940a-1a, Civil War Store Card, Anacs Ef 45 1863 Union For Ever Washington Civil War Token R3, F.111-271 Cwt Coin (291141y)Civil War Token Sandwich Illinois W.b. Castle Drugs And Medicines