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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 29

CIVIL WAR ID DISC INFORMATION

In response to last week's question from Larry B. Maier, Esq.,
Dick Johnson writes: "I have no record of these Civil War discs
in my Scovill papers but it is possible they were produced by
Scovill. Unfortunately Scovill did not sign these but my question
is:  What is the best "diagnostic" for Scovill-struck items?

The closest I could think of would be the quality of the edges
of their struck pieces. Scovill early on used collars and thus
their pieces have nice flat edges with a sharp rim/edge juncture
that forms a perfect 90 degree angle."

Joe Levine, who has handled hundreds of Scovill tokens and medals
in his Presidential Art auctions, adds this:  "In the higher
conditions, the surface of Scovill items appear almost proof-like.
Of course, as these wear this surface diagnostic is worn away. But
I concur that the overall indication is the higher quality of
Scovill items."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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