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TOKEN, contracts, crimes. A document or sign of the existence of a fact.
     2. Tokens are either public or general, or privy tokens. They are true or false. When a token is false and indicates a general intent to defraud, and it is used for that purpose, it will render the offender guilty of the crime of cheating; 12 John. 292; but if it is a mere privy token, as counterfeiting a letter in another man's name, in order to cheat but. one individual, it would not be indictable. 9 Wend. Rep. 182; 1 Dall. R. 47; 2 Rep. Const. Cr. 139; 2 Virg. Cas. 65; 4 Hawks, R. 348; 6 Mass. IR. 72; 1 Virg. Cas. 150; 12 John. 293; 2 Dev. 199; 1 Rich. R. 244.

TOKEN, commercial law. In England, this name is given to pieces of metal, made in the shape of money, passing among private persons by consent at a certain value. 2 Adolph. P. S. 175; 2 Chit. Com. Law, 182.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This, therefore, is nearly allied to the fault above mentioned:--for Orestes might as well have brought tokens with him.
These recognitions alone dispense with the artificial aid of tokens or amulets.
'By what token?' I replied; 'by your throwing the book at him?
He cast a searching glance at me, as the servant withdrew, expecting to see some token of deep astonishment and alarm; but, being previously prepared, I preserved an aspect of stoical indifference.
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
I bear a token from Kolk to his father, which will prove that I am a friend."
"And now, in token of candor, I ask you to reveal to me your chief passion," said the latter.
However, on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been.
Into this, as it gained strength, he placed many stones from a convenient pile, each fire-blackened in token that it had been similarly used many times.
'You bring,' said Emma, faltering, 'some note or token from my uncle?'
'No, Miss Haredale, I have no letter, nor any token of any kind; for while I sympathise with you, and such as you, on whom misfortune so heavy and so undeserved has fallen, I value my life.
On the Use of Multiple Tokens on Ring Networks, Proc.