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Catalog Number 13262-1
Title Medal, Political, William Jennings Bryan, 16 to 1 "Coin"
Object Name Medal, Political
Description A circular plaster "coin" with a raised image of William Jennings Bryan. The coin is composed of a pink plaster-like material that has been painted metallic silver. There is a raised image of William Jennings Bryan's head and shoulders at the center with the words "FREE SILVER" engraved along the left edge and "16. TO 1." engraved along the right. "W.J. BRYAN" is engraved below the bust and "T.C." is engraved in cursive to the left of the bust. The top edge of the "coin" has a metal loop that extends out of the top. The back side of the "coin" has very few remnants of the metallic silver paint and the pink plaster-like material is exposed. There appears to be some handwritten printing across the center of the coin's back, but it is illegible.

Date 1896, ca.
Material plaster?, paint, metal
Height (in) 0.157
Length (in) 1.181
Width (in) 1.181
People Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Other Name Button, Campaign
History
This "coin" was a souvenir for Bryan's 1896 campaign. The printing on the front of the "coin" eludes to Bryan's famous "Cross of Gold" speech given at the 1896 Democratic National Convention, in which he lobbied the production of 16 silver-backed dollars for every 1 gold-backed dollar. The term "16 to 1" would be one of Bryan's well-known slogans during the 1896 election.
Collection Museum of the City of New York