1861. Very Good Condition. Item #239978
Welles, who did not serve in the US Civil War was influential in the movement to create a Memorial Day to the honour of the dead of that war. Along with General John B. Murray and other interested parties the first Memorial Day took place on the 5th May 1866 in Waterloo, New York. In due course it became a nationally recognized commemoration. As a bookseller and drugstore owner Welles, in common with many business at the time issued tokens as a form of small change due to shortages of officially minted coins. In effect it was a form of advertising. The token is just 19mm (.75in) diameter, and is quite readable with only minimal wear. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Collectables; New Arrivals; Ephemera. Inventory No: 239978.