Lt. George Dixon, who commanded the H.L. Hunley submarine on its historic mission, was the center of a local legend that emerged during the Civil War. The legend told the story of a gold coin Dixon was given as a good luck charm by his girlfriend when he left home to go to war. In 1862 during the Battle of Shiloh, Dixon was shot. According to legend, the bullet struck the gold coin in Dixon's trousers and saved his life, leaving a deep impression on the coin's surface. In 2001, during the excavation of the H.L. Hunley, a $20 gold piece minted in 1860 was discovered next to the remains of Lt. Dixon. A replica is available of this amazing piece of history. With the gold coin replica, you can actually feel the curvature left from the impact of the bullet and read the words Dixon had inscribed on his lucky gold coin. It truly is breathtaking!
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A well-made replica with enough history on the card to be of interest to the novice. Bought three as Christmas gifts for kids.