United States gold and silver coins minted during the Civil War years of 1861 through 1865, witnessed events the likes of which this country had never experienced before. From the mortar shell that burst over Fort Sumter, to the conclusion of the war at Appomattox, U.S. gold and silver coins were desired and coveted by both North and South.When war broke out, the mints of New Orleans, Charlotte, and Dahlonega were seized by their respective States and later by the Confederate States of America. These mints operated until supplies of gold and silver were depleted or confiscated for Confederate use. The Union mints of Philadelphia and San Francisco continued to mint coins throughout the duration of the war. Today a very limited supply of coins from this era have survived and are available to the investor who wants to hold in their hands a tangible link to United States history.