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The E-Sylum (8/29/2010)

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Alan Weinberg forwarded these images of an interesting hand-engraved item. The host is an effaced Vatican silver coin, with the coin's incused rim's identifying inscription intact. -Editor

David Cline Medal David Cline Medal

Alan writes:

I regard this as one of the sexiest items available for purchase at the Boston ANA. It joins perhaps a dozen other hand-engraved dollar-size coins from the Civil War that I've gathered for my collection over many decades.

Alan posted the item along with others from his collection on John Sallay's NeoCollect site. Here's the descriptive text. -Editor

"Inscribed by a jeweler at the behest of the unit's soldier David Cline assigned to the Federal Gov't 's 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry Co. F. They fought numerous battles against a violently split pro-slavery/abolitionist Ks population and against raiders around the state's border. This conflict , referred to as the "Kansas Rebellion" (note the word Rebellion in the inscription) and "Bloody Kansas", also involved violent abolitionist/raider John Brown , hanged in Va in 1859. Allegedly in the possession of a Kansas family until one month prior, this was acquired at the 2010 Boston PNG pre-ANA show from well-respected Ky professional numismatist Jonathan Kern and photographed by numismatic photographer extraordinaire Tom Mulvaney at the Boston ANA. "

David Cline Medal Ya gotta love the little pistol - here's a close-up. -Editor

To view the complete description on NeoCollect, see: 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry (

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