|Title||Medal, Political, William Jennings Bryan, 16 to 1 "Coin"|
|Object Name||Medal, Political|
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.
|Material||plaster?, paint, metal|
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
|Other Name||Button, Campaign|
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|