Bryan's Money "United Snakes Of America" Medal

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  1. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

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  3. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Got me to poking around the web a bit Matt. Interesting piece. Is it a contemporary (period) piece?
     
  4. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    It is attributed to the 1896 period of the movement.
     
  5. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Matt
    Amazing condition.

    two points:

    I never saw that design before

    and
    I never heard him referred to as Billy.

    Very unusual
     
  6. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Really cool. What is the image on it? Looks like a duck with the head of a donkey.
     
  7. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Very cool piece of political Americana I've never heard of him referred to as billy either I've never seen this design!
     
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  8. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Appears to be a donkey headed eagle
     
  9. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    With web feet. Funny looking critter.
     
  10. mackwork

    mackwork Caretaker of old coins & currency

    I picked up a similar one a while back. Unfortunately it's holed in the middle and scratched, but the low price reflected that.

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    One of the many popular, satirical, "Bryan Money" medals issued to ridicule his policies during Bryan's free silver legislation (debasing of gold) which was fought heartily by the gold believers. This one is aluminum. The obverse states "United Snakes of America" and depicts a duck under the donkey with "POP" on it - an abbreviation representing Bryan's Populist party. I have no idea who represented as riding on the donkey. The banner states "Anti-Expansion", with "Anti Everything" at the bottom.
     
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  11. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Matt what's the metal on yours?
     
  12. LostDutchman

    LostDutchman Under Staffed & Overly Motivated Moderator

    It's aluminum as well.
     
  13. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Thanks Is what I thought but couldn't quite tell from the pics cool thing!!
     
  14. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    I think it is actually a donkey headed goose.
     
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