Otis a United States 5 cent which was the size of $5 gold pieces, real legal 5 cents coins were faced by dipping in liquid gold and the gold was worth about 25 cents. Nice return $4.70. This looks as it used silver or copper Flats to mint a V Cents into V $. What a great return after washing the large $5 coins into $4 at least.View attachment 407104
A recent trip South allowed me to photograph some item's from a family member's curio cabinet. All of these were collected by my great-uncle, mostly during the 20s and 30s in the South. One fascinating item is here - what my aunt says is a counterfeit coin maker used during the Civil War.
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This tool is heavy and at least partly hand made. The top round section has two faces, one for each side.
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Here is one face, with a profile and date.
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The other face has a V (for Victory?), a laurel wreath, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA backwards.
Any clues as to when this might have been made? I'm adding one more photo below in case it helps.
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I never got into Confederate currency or coinage but I did acquire over about 25 years several examples of pre Civil War and 1861 gold coins minted in Charlotte North Carolina and Dalahgana Georgia.