Paul Horner submitted the following query and images. -EditorI got these two images from a source, asking:
On one side of this small ingot is stamped "CSA" with the number 1396, below which is stamped 937 FINE and the year 1863. On the reverse side of the small ingot is stamped 1863 right in the middle. The weight of the ingot is 8.5 grams, which equates to about a 1/4 troy ounce. Any idea how such small castings of silver were used during the war, especially here in the South where precious metals were in such short supply?I am at a loss, but maybe a reader has seen something like it before. I do not have the dimensions, but at 8.5 grams, it would be rather small. Could this be either: A genuine Confederate item, a "contrived rarity", a fantasy piece sold in museum gift shops, or perhaps something entirely unrelated to the Confederacy and the Civil War. Any ideas would be welcomed, perhaps replies can be passed along in the following issues of E-Sylum.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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