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Original Civil War Soldier’s Coin Purse with coins and a button (SOLD)

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This is another neat item being offered, it is a soldier’s coin purse. It is made of leather with a flip-up closing latch, measuring approximately 3 ¾” x 2 1/2”. When opened, there are compartments for separating coin denominations. Inside the purse are a few coins, one is an 1853 quarter, another an 1847 Large Cent, and an 1862 Indian-head cent. Inside one of the compartments, there was also a cuff-size Eagle Cavalry button with the letter “C” on the shield.

Obviously, these change purses were popular with the soldiers – a common find at Civil War camps and battlefields, but the leather is usually gone with only the metal parts remaining. Actually, I have an identical frame of a coin purse on the website that was dug years ago in Frederick County, Virginia (see pictures).

Another example of this coin purse is in “Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns”, by Charles Harris (see pictures). I also discuss these artifacts in my book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items" (see pictures).

This is a great piece and extra special having the original period coins still present. The leather is a little worn along with the inner dividers, but it still snaps shut and easily opens. It would make a great addition to a soldier's personal effects.

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