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ID Help?: US Military Token: California 1st Batallion

Hello everyone,

I'm an archaeologist working in California. I've found a US military token, and trying to find out more about it. If you have any clues about its origin, or particularly it's use, I'd be fascinated. Thank you!

The token reads:

Company G
1st Batallion of Infantry
US Volunteers
J.H. Mouse S.F.

And on the reverse there is a cross with the word RED written across it.

My best guess is that it's Spanish American War era because of the Moise stamp and the military information, but I'd love to find out more. What would a token like this be used for?

Thanks for any information you have! I've had trouble tracking down a nearby library with token resource books which is why I'm posting here.



  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 5,036 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is an interesting item.

    You might contact the Token and Medal Society.
    They have a website at:

    The item looks like it might be an inventory tag due to the hole and the punched "320".
    It might have been attached to a piece of military equipment.

    Good luck with your search.


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  • EXOJUNKIEEXOJUNKIE Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a really cool find. I can't help with the attribution, but if you find out what it is I hope you'll post your findings here so we can learn about it. Good luck!

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  • Timbuk3Timbuk3 Posts: 11,658 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting, please keep us posted !!! B)

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice find... It would be interesting to understand more about it... unlikely we will determine who RED was.... Cheers, RickO

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