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NOTES ON IDENTIFICATION DISCS OF UNION SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WARIn our September 7, 2008 issue, Steve M. Tompkins wrote:
Last week's E-Sylum announced a new book, Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War. Does any one know if this book also touches upon the subject of personalized dog tags engraved on coins?
Alan Weinberg writes:
I'm also wondering if the book catalogues and pictures some of the always-unique Civil War ID tags made on individual silver coins and also the multi-part ID badges with hanger shields picturing Hooker, McClellan & the like, several of which sold in the John J. Ford Jr. Stack's sales.
I put the question to Fred Reed, who first informed us about the book. He writes:
The book catalogs die-struck discs but it also illustrates and describes suspended pieces, has pictures of a number of them, and even a number of pictures of soldiers wearing these suspended badges. It also illustrates a couple definitely home-made jobs.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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