Extremely rare "Excelsior" ID tag


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Extremely rare New York ID tag referred to as the “Excelsior” tag. It is featured on page 68 in the book “Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War”. The face of this tag features the New York State Seal with “Union & Constitution” arched across the top and an Excelsior banner across the bottom. The size is 40mm. Roughly the size of a 50 cent piece and made of pewter. The reverse shows “N.Y.S. Vol’s” across the top with garland around the border and “1776 – 1861” across the bottom.  In the center is a shield where the soldier’s identification would have been placed. There reverse where the name would have been placed appears to have been purposely struck with a sharp object long ago obliterating whatever information was once there. Possibly done by the sutler who engraved the piece himself after the customer failed to pay his bill. This tag appears to have been dug as well so possibly discarded after rendering it no longer fit for use. It does still retain a small percentage of the original silver gilt on both the front and reverse. This medal is classified as extremely rare. Certainly the only one I have seen.

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