Here is an unusual item. It is a representation of an 1896 $5 gold piece in cloth that is stretched over a metal shank button. Pin-backs, which are seen on modern political buttons, are the most common style, but a fair number of shank buttons, which were mounted in buttonholes, were also issued. This piece is not easy to photograph or even see in person. You have to angle the light exactly right to see what is on it. "McKinley * & * Hobart" appears around the edge with "1896" at the bottom. The gist of the message is the wearer favored the gold standard. I think that this piece is quite scarce. I have never seen another one. Given the difficulty in reading it, I think that it was a misfire that did not enjoy wide usage. Front Here is another view using some creative photography.