From 1861 to 1864 during the Civil War, coin shortages became so severe that American merchants began to issue their own tokens in the size and shape of the standard cent. Many included advertisements, others featured patriotic symbols or sentiments and some tokens were minted to look much like government issued coins. The wide variety of designs and subject matter make these tokens especially fascinating for collectors. Fine or better quality. You'll receive one token and a FREE Civil War battlefields map. Our choice of design.