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Hello All,
I am not a big coin collector but am becoming more interested. I am trying to identify a coin found in my Dads old belongings.
Sorry for the bad pictures. The coin is dated 1861 on the front but I could not find a match on the internet for the image on the back. I could try to take more pictures with a better camera if need be.
Thank you for your help.


  • pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,346 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 28, 2020 3:00PM

    That is what is called a Love Token. The 1861 Dime was the host coin, and then someone engraved the back. Looks like a M and a S

    Very nice looking example

    And welcome! Glad you stopped in!!

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  • KliaoKliao Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭✭✭


    What you have is a 1861 US dime where someone filed the design on the reverse off to engrave initials most likely of a loved one. Given the date of the dime, I would guess that it was given to a family member fighting in the Civil War or to remember a person that was lost to the war.

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  • Ha Ha good to know. It was sure bugging me for the last few days. It was a coin my Dad took in probably in the 80's working at a post office in Kentucky. Looks like I came to the right place.
    Thank You

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @glenmartin1.... Welcome aboard... You have your answer above... The engraving does look professional, though no idea what the occasion might have been....Nice love token, some people collect them. A great piece to keep in your 'incidental' collection. Cheers, RickO

  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 10,048 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome! You did, indeed, come to the right place.

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    put me down for an M and an S, too.

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  • HydrantHydrant Posts: 7,773 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 30, 2020 6:59AM

    Wow! A guy posting for the first time and it is totally, 100% legit! No guessing. No out of focus photos. No sassy back talk. No crazy spelling and grammar errors! Thanks Glen Martin1. You've renewed my faith in humanity! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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