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5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

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Type Medal
Title 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Country United States
Side obverse
Composition silver
Diameter 37 mm
Weight 25 gm
Description Alan V. Weinberg comments: Hand-engraved on an effaced French 5 francs silver coin of either Louis XVIII (1814-24) or Charles X (1824-30), legal tender at 93c until 1857 when the US banned circulating foreign coins, the coin's incused lettered rim identifying inscription intact. Inscribed by a jeweler at the behest of the unit's soldier David Cline assigned to the Federal Gov't 's 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry Co. F. They fought numerous battles against a violently split pro-slavery/abolitionist Ks population and against raiders around the state's border. This conflict , referred to as the "Kansas Rebellion" (note the word Rebellion in the inscription) and "Bloody Kansas", also involved violent abolitionist/raider John Brown , hanged in Va in 1859 prior to the Civil War's inception. Allegedly in the possession of a Kansas family until one month prior, this was acquired at the 2010 Boston PNG pre-ANA show from well-respected Ky professional numismatist Jonathan Kern and photographed by numismatic photographer extraordinaire Tom Mulvaney at the the Boston ANA..
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