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Object Name TOKEN
Catalog Number 0985.13.00905
Date 1863
Description The coin is brass and has a smooth edge. A United States flag surrounded by the words, "THE FLAG OF OUR NATION 1863" is on the obverse. The word "DIX" is in the center of the reverse, encircled by the following, "IF ANYBODY ATTEMPTS TO TEAR IT DOWN / SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT."
Dimensions Dia-0.75 inches
Owned owner/user unknown
Provenance This brass coin was struck by private parties in 1863. In December 1860, Howell Cobb resigned as Secretary of the US Treasury, and John Dix was appointed in his place. New Orleans was virtually in possession of the Secession Party. Two revenue cutters were there, and Secretary Dix ordered them to New York. The captain of the cutters refused to obey the order. Dix telegraphed to a Departmental agent , Lt. Caldwell and ordered him to arrest the captain and treat him as a mutineer in case he should offer any resistance. Dix added, "If anyone attempts to haul down the American Flag shoot him on the spot." The acute shortage of coins, including one cent pieces, caused by wartime hoarding, prompted the issue of vast numbers of tokens by Northern merchants. The tokens circulated as cents and are known as "Civil War Tokens." These tokens are divided into two classes: "Patriotics" and "Store Cards." This coin is one of the more common patriotic tokens. The "Patriotics" has patriotic slogans and motifs but carry no indication identifying the issuer.
People Dix, John
Search Terms flag imagery
Subjects Money
Currency