They were used as currency in parts of the country due to an insufficient number of government issued cents. The United States Congress passed a law on April 22, 1864 banning their use. Numismatist George J. Fuld has identified a wide variety of dies used to make these tokens, some with very subtle differences. The reference number constitutes a range of possible combinations. The first number represents the die number of the obverse, while the second number represents the die number of the reverse. For example, a very common pairing of the two is known as Fuld 207/409. These numbers can include sub-varieties, for example Fuld 209/409a, and are subject to revision. The slogan "Shoot him on the spot" comes from James DIX. He was the Secretary of the Treasury and James Dix sent a telegram to Treasury agents in Louisiana: "If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." This quote is on the token’s reverse. One of the dies had a misspelling of the word "SPOT". It was spelled "SPOOT". My token has the misspelling and it is highly sought after. The obverse has the date of 1863 with 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies surrounding the flag of the United States. There are 25 stars on the flag. DIX is Centered on the reverse with 2 rows of the telegram message that James DIX sent to the Louisiana Treasury agents. As stated, this token reads "SHOOT HIM ON THE SPOOT".