I Found An 1863 "Union For Ever" Patriotic Token!!!  Metal Detecting

I Found An 1863 "Union For Ever" Patriotic Token!!! Metal Detecting

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While metal detecting for interesting artifacts in the river with my Garrett AT Max metal detector, I found a good number of Civil War bullets and a really cool Civil War sutlers token. This is a coin that Yankee soldiers would have used in place of government issued coins. It says “Union For Ever” and has the date 1864. They are commonly called “patriotic tokens”.

I also find a very interesting Minie ball that was converted into a musket nipple protector. Nipple protectors were an Army issued item and made of brass and steel. If a soldier lost his, he might make one out of lead like this one. It was used to keep dirt and moisture from getting into the musket powder chamber while in use. I also stop at and talk about an American Indian fish trap that was in the river. It may be thousands of years old.



 

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