I just got a new token. It is an interesting one from New Zealand, believed to be issued in 1871. The following is by the former curator of Heritage Interpretation at Museum Victoria:
In the early 19th century in America, money has not always been in a good supply. In order for there to be change, there were two options, the ever unstable paper money or a privately made token. There are three categories of these tokens, the political token, the store card and the one made to resemble an actual circulating coin.