(1861–65) Civil War Dix Token, Flag of Our Union-Shoot Him on the Spot, F-214/416a Copper, R.1, Gloriously Toned MS64RB PCGS. Obv. Flag surrounded by 13 stars, around THE FLAG OF OUR UNION. Rev. DIX in central roped circle, surrounded in two concentric circles with IF ANYBODY ATTEMPTS TO TEAR IT DOWN / SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOT. Wonderful rose-red patina with considerable red remaining and incredible, bountiful luster. Small die crack (usual) through lower obverse ornament. Some letters repunched on reverse (also usual, maybe always). A beautiful Civil War token; some examples of this type (not this one) show the misspelling SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOOT. PCGS Population: 1 in 64RB, 0 finer (9/2021).
Background: This token and similar were produced by Scovill Manufacturing Co. of Waterbury, Connecticut. The DIX refers to Treasury Secretary James Dix who, at the start of Civil War hostilities, sent a telegram to Treasury agents in Louisiana: “If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.” These are often called “Dix tokens.”