Made from a silver coin, and engraved on both sides.
Indian Wars era soldier dog tags and or tokens are rather hard to come by, as the Army of this mid to late 1860’s was very small (under 25,000 men). This silver token is engraved, “Wm. Benton Bat, G 4-US Artilery.” The other side bears the engraved initial “W.” The hole obviously was used to suspend from neck chain or watch fob.
The token is 25mm in diameter. It is made from presumably, a US 25 cent piece, it still retaining a good deal of the reeded edge. The engraving is amateurishly done, but most legible.
William Benton’s service in the military was rather abbreviated; enlisting on May 21, 1867, and listed as having deserted on September 11th of the same year. Company “G” was one of the mounted companies within the regiment, and at that time was stationed in Detroit.
The information was provided came from a past collectors notes.
A scarce item and in very good condition.