Buried in the soil for at least a century this weathered copper fruit token bears the date of 1863. Although this is the year following Martin Van Buren's death, he and other growers used tokens as a promise of payment to pickers and other farmhands for their work in an orchard after the start of the Civil War. The War caused a shortage of coinage across the country. The tokens could be redeemed for cash, in this case, by journeying to 427 Broadway in Albany, New York.
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