• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 02/18/03
  • Description
  • The profile of an Indian maiden wearing a headdress, with "United States of America," around the edge, and the date, 1863, underneath. During the Civil War, coins were hoarded and even cents became scarce. Coins of lighter weight and substitute materials were tried. There was even an attempt to use postage stamps for money. This coin might be one issued in 1863 made of aluminum as an experiment by James Barton Longacre, the Mint engraver at th... more
    The profile of an Indian maiden wearing a headdress, with "United States of America," around the edge, and the date, 1863, underneath. During the Civil War, coins were hoarded and even cents became scarce. Coins of lighter weight and substitute materials were tried. There was even an attempt to use postage stamps for money. This coin might be one issued in 1863 made of aluminum as an experiment by James Barton Longacre, the Mint engraver at the time. Source: Taxay, Don. New York: Arco Publishing Company, 1966. How we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; History of Money. 15 Economics; 16 History. less
  • Format
  • IHA00231.jpg