1 medallion : metal ; 8.7 cm diam. x .4 cm.
Oversized bronze medallion bearing left profile relief portrait of Liberty. In raised lettering across top of medallion and on either side of Liberty's head, "BRYAN'S; MONEY". Four stars, in relief, align lower half of each side of medallion, and at bottom, between the stars and in raised lettering, the year "1896". A serrated border decorates the outer edge. On verso, a traditional U.S. eagle, in relief, facing left with arrows in its talons. Around outer rim of coin in large relief lettering, "BRYAN'S; IDEA OF; COINAGE". Above eagle's head is "16 to 1"; to the left, "ABER"; to the right, "NIT". [Rough translation from German: "although not"; a negative or mocking inflection.] A serrated border also decorates outer edge of medallion's verso.
Medal associated humorously with Populist leader William Jennings Bryan, who first ran for president in 1896 on a platform strongly supporting the bimetallism of the Free Silver Movement and attacking the gold standard. He argued that relying on gold benefited cities--chiefly, bankers and industrialists--and ignored the needs of farmers, agricultural laborers, miners and small businessmen. Bryan supported unlimited coinage of silver at a ratio of 16 to 1, as referenced on this medal. He was often a popular candidate among Indiana voters. Medal perhaps issued through support of the Republican party, which sharply opposed Populist views.
Title supplied by cataloger based on Revised Nomenclature for Museum Cataloging.
FORMS PART OF: Bill Ervin Donation.