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    Frederick Behr Token, Near-Mint
    Very Rare Detroit Civil War Merchant

    (Circa 1863) Fr. Behr, Detroit, MI, AU58 NGC. Fuld-MI225I-1a, R.8. Frederick Behr operated a dining saloon and bowling establishment in various locations in Detroit. Cliff Temple discussed an incident involving several Detroit merchants in "The Merchant Unionists of Detroit" that appeared in the Spring 1972 issue of the Journal of the Civil War Token Society. A group of Southern refugees took up residence in Canada during the Civil War with plans to invade Detroit. With few Union troops available, a number of Detroit merchants (including Behr) created a force known as "The Minutemen." More than 1,000 volunteers successfully protected the city from insurgents, mostly Confederate intelligence personnel. David Perkins estimates about eight examples of the Behr token exist today. His is the second rarest Detroit Civil War merchant. The dark reddish-brown obverse shows lightly impressed lettering. The chocolate-brown reverse shows a couple of tiny specks of corrosion.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2KDU, PCGS# 661110)

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