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1862 Civil War "Love Token" with name

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This is an interesting piece being offered, it is a Civil War “Love Token”. It was fashioned from a seated Lady Liberty 1862 Half-dime (90% silver, 10% copper). In the mid-19th century, love tokens were all the rage in the United States. The Civil War brought suffering and loss to nearly every family. Such grief made Americans more aware of the fragility of life; and subsequently, more sentimental.

One would take a common coin and have a jeweler plane off one side and engrave their name or initials to give as a gift to that special someone – the more detailed would result in a higher price. This particular coin is engraved with “Lydia” and has a tiny hole for a string.

There is a good chance that Lydia gave this symbol of love to her husband or boyfriend when he went off to war. The coin itself is in nice condition, showing signs of use, but the date “1862” is very crisp. With the unique design of the name, it is obvious that this was performed by an experienced engraver. (Free shipping)

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