The Symphony Set (Lastufka Collection)
1863, United Stated, New York, Karl Token

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: CIVIL WAR STORE CARDS - NEW YORK
Item Description: NY 1863 NEW YORK F-630AM-1a CHRISTOPH KARL
Full Grade: NGC MS 64 BN
Owner: Lastufka Collection

Set Details

Custom Sets: The Symphony Set (Lastufka Collection)
Competitive Sets: This coin is not competing in any sets.
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

United States, New York - Civil War Token/Store Card - 1863, Christoph Karl

Composition: Copper
Diameter: 23mm
Mintage: Unknown

Obverse: Germania seated above the date.

Reverse: Lyre in wreath, surrounded by the store address and proprietor's name.

I love the design of this token, and the color it's developed over the last 150+ years. From the information I could find, Christoph Karl owned a liquor store or saloon and - along with many other store owners - issued this token because of a shortage of coins in general circulation at the time.

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