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Novelty, William Jennings Bryan, 1896

Novelty, William Jennings Bryan, 1896

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The election of 1896 featured many items which poked fun at the “other guy.” This five-inch wide “Bryan dollar” showed how big a coin would have to be to be worth a dollar under the silver standard promoted by Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Bryan lost the election to William McKinley, the Republican candidate and supporter of maintaining the gold standard.
Object Name
date made
Bryan, William Jennings
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in;.635 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Credit Line
Charles M. Williams
Political Campaigns
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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