1860 and 1864 Presidential Campaigns


1860 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MEDALETS

Abraham Lincoln

DeWitt AL 1860-25, silver, 35mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-25, copper, 34.7mm


DeWitt AL 1860-25, brass, 35mm
(image courtesy of Heritage)

DeWitt AL 1860-25, white metal, 35mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-25, silvered tin (89.86% tin, 9.92% silver, .11% nickel), 34.8mm


DeWitt AL 1860-32, silvered tin (96.69% tin, 1.43% silver, trace of lead, antimony, arsenic), 34mm
  DeWitt states that this piece was struck to commemorate the inaugural of Lincoln

DeWitt AL 1860-32, copper, 34mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-32, brass, 34mm
(image courtesy of Joe Levine)

DeWitt AL 1860-32, silver, 34mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-73, silver, 19mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-73, copper, 19.25mm

DeWitt AL 1860-73, brass (65.63% copper, 34.37% zinc), 19.25mm

DeWitt AL 1860-73, copper nickel, 19mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-73, white metal, 19.4mm

DeWitt AL 1860-74, silver, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74, copper, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74, brass, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74, copper nickel, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74, white metal, 19.3mm

DeWitt AL 1860-74(A), GW-346, Baker 569M, silver, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74(A), GW-346, Baker 569N, copper, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74(A), GW-346, Baker 569P, brass, 19mm
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DeWitt AL 1860-74(A), GW346, Baker 569Q, copper nickel, 19.3mm

DeWitt AL 1860-74(A), GW-346, Baker 569R, white metal, 19mm
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Stephen Douglas

Although very similar to 1860-23, which George H. had produced
for Alfred S. Robinson, the original dies for 1860-23 had been sold
and it seems he cut a new set of dies similar to those originals.
Neither DeWitt, in his monograph on Robinson, nor Sullivan
mention a copper nickle variety and I have not been able to test
the one pictured below but it was called copper nickle by NGC.

DeWitt SD 1860-22, silver, 20mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt SD 1860-22, copper, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-22, brass, 20mm

DeWitt SD 1860-22, nickel, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-22, white metal, 20mm

DeWitt SD 1860-22, copper nickel, 19.3mm

DeWitt SD 1860-23, silver, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-23, nickel, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-23, copper-nickel?, 19.3mm
The only differences in the 1860-22 and 1860-23 dies are the addition of "Little Giant" on the obverse and 6 small stars on the reverse. DeWitt listed silver and nickel varities but the one above certainly seems to be copper nickel and not the silver/gray color that would indicate nickel.

DeWitt SD 1860-24, copper, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-24, brass, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-24, white metal, 19.3mm

DeWitt SD 1860-24, nickel, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-24, silvered brass, 20mm
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DeWitt SD 1860-24, copper-nickel, 19.3mm

1864 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MEDALETS

Abraham Lincoln

DeWitt AL 1864-4, silver, 34mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1864-4, bronzed white metal, 34mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-4, white metal, 34mm

DeWitt AL 1864-7, white metal, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1864-8, white metal, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1864-8, bronzed white metal, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-8, brass31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-12, silver, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1864-12, copper, 31mm
(image courtesy of Steve Hayden)

DeWitt AL 1864-12, brass, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-12, nickel, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-12, white metal, 31mm
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DeWitt unlisted, white metal, 30.95mm
      George H. appears to have recycled the obverse from an 1864 campaign medalet to produce this piece for Lincoln's death. This combination is not listed in DeWitt.

DeWitt AL 1864-13, silver (unlisted), 31mm
 (image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1864-13, copper, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-13, brass, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-13, white metal, 31mm
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DeWitt AL 1864-13, nickel, 31mm
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George B. McClellan

DeWitt GMcC 1864-2, silver, 33.9mm
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  Neither Julian or Sullivan list this piece in silver but there is a silver example in the collection of the American Numismatic Society. Are there any others?


DeWitt GMcC 1864-2, bronze, 34.2mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-2, brass (unlisted), 35mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt GMcC 1864-2, white metal, 35mm
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DeWitt GMcC 1864-2 obverse die trial, lead, 34.2mm

     Identified as a U.S. Mint medal, PE-19, by Julian this thick planchett, high relief medal is a wonderful example of George H. Lovett's skill as an engraver. The Latin phrase on the reverse translates as "Neither to seek nor to spurn honor."  Mark Cramer, a collector of Robert Jr. works, has proposed that this is not the work of George H. but his brother Robert Jr. He cites the style of "LOVETT" on the truncation and the similarity of the bust to other Robert Jr works as evidence of this. I think there is some merit to this argument.

      DeWitt list a white metal example with beveled glass mounted to the obverse as GMcC 1864-3. I have not seen any examples of this variety.


DeWitt GMcC 1864-8, silver, 33.8mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8, copper, 34mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8, brass, 34mm
(image courtesy of Bruce Thomas)

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8, white metal, 34mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8, silver plated tin (93.53% tin, 4.98% silver), 34mm

        The preceeding obverse is found with the following three reverses; Sullivan gives no indication as to the metals these were struck in. He calls these soldier identification discs and they are listed in Maier and Stahl's "Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War" as McClellan 1I, 1J, and 1K. They list brass and white metal for 8(A), white metal only for the other two. In their survey of engraved discs they do not list any of these but the example below of the 8(C) engraved piece found by Brian Nelson does show they were used as Identification Discs.

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(A), copper, 34mm
(image courtesy of stacks Bowers)

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(A), brass, 34mm
(image courtesy of Matthew Robinson)

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(A), white metal, 34.12mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(B), white metal, 34mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(B), unlisted variety, copper, 34mm
Matthew Robinson sent me images of this piece from his collection.
Notice the differences on the reverse - twenty stars rather than 13
and the word "and" spelled out rather than the use of  "&". This
variety is not listed in Sullivan or Maier and Stahl.

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(C), white metal, 34mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(C), white metal, 34mm
Engraved to Lorenz Krauss
 Brian Nelson sent me this image of the medal he found metal detecting
in the woods of Northern Virginia. He found that Lorenz Krauss of New York City, attached to the 15th Heavy Artillery Regiment, was captured during the battle of the Wilderness and a prisoner of Confederate Andersonville prison.

The McClellan obverse is also found with two other seemingly unrelated dies; the
obverse die for the bombardment of Fort Sumter medal ( H-K 11 ) and a Washington die
( obverse of Baker 113G).

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(D), silver, 33.8mm
There is no mention of which metals these were struck in.

DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(E), Baker 216, bronze, 34mm
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DeWitt GMcC 1864-8(E), Baker 216 but in white metal, 34mm


DeWitt GMcC 1864-14, silver, 31mm
(image courtesy of Heritage)

 DeWitt GMcC 1864-14, copper, 31mm
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 DeWitt GMcC 1864-14,brass, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)
 
 DeWitt GMcC 1864-14, white metal, 31mm


DeWitt GMcC 1864-20, copper, 31mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-20, nickle, 31mm

DeWitt GMcC 1864-20, brass, 31mm
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DeWitt GMcC 1864-20, white metal, 31mm
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