1860 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Campaign Medalets

1860 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Campaign Medalets

DeWitt AL 1860-37, Cunningham 1-480S, silver, 31mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-37, Cunningham 1-480C, copper, 31mm
(on line image)

DeWitt AL 1860-37, Cunningham 1-480B, brass, 31mm

(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-37, Cunningham 1-480W, white metal, 31mm

The obverse bust was based on an Alexander  Hersler Photograph taken in the winter of 1857.  It is likely the first time Lincoln "faced a camera since Shepherd posed him in Springfield eleven years earlier" (Ostendorf, Lloyd, Lincoln's Photographs: A Complete Album, Rockwood Press: 1998, pg 7.)  Thanks to Ernie Nagy for this information.

This reverse is most likely the original pairing for this campaign medal and is not found
in combination with any other dies. The following three mulings may have been done
by George H. since these reverse dies are found combined with other dies of his,
and probably dies of his father Robert Sr.

DeWitt AL 1860-34, Cunningham 1-450S, silver, 31mm

(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-34, Cunningham 1-450C, copper, 31mm

(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-34, Cunningham 1-450B, brass, 31mm
(on line image)

DeWitt AL 1860-34, Cunningham 1-450W, white metal, 31mm

This reverse may also be the work of John D. as it is found with the
"I Am Ready" obverse attributed to him and listed as DeWitt C 1861-7
(see below). It is also found in combination with two others dies that I
know of, both by George H. The first is the "Cincinnatus of America" die
 (Musante GW-438, Baker 278), the second a very simple design of
a wreath with a blank space in the center.

Musante GW-438, Baker 278, copper, 32mm
(on line image)

Muling with leave and berries wreath die, brass, 31mm

I suspect both of these pieces were George H. creating rare mulings
as was his custom. Both are found only in the metals above and
very scarce.

DeWitt AL 1860-35, Cunningham 1-460W, white metal, 31mm
(on line image)

There is some disagreement on the 'origin' of this reverse. Sullivan states
that the reverse was originally used on an 1836 Van Buren token (MVB 1836-3)
and later on a Winfield Scott token of 1852 (WS 1852-8). Paul Cunningham
says it was originally used on the Scott token, and notes that H. Joseph Levine's
opinion is that it was prepared for the Lincoln campaign and later
muled with the others. And to add to the confusion it is found in
combination with other dies that have no relation to any campaign!

My opinion is that it is possibly a "generic die" produced by George H.
Lovett that he found useful to use with a variety of other dies, both his
and those by other members of his family. And since this variety is found
only in white metal I think this was a later muling.

Our Next President / Boy and Dog mule,white metal, 31mm

DeWitt MVB 1836-3, white metal, 30mm

A note in Sullivan reads "The reverse was muled with several other
obverses at later periods" but I think it is obvious this is a
later muling. Although not listed there was a token in a 2013
Stacks Bowers sale with this obverse and a different reverse that
seemed to be the original (see Robert Sr. Political Medalets page).

DeWitt WS 1852-8, white metal, 32mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

DeWitt AL 1860-36, white metal, 31.6mm

This token came in the case below and was awarded to
David Sklow for a token display at the 2012 F.U.N Convention

I think this reverse is definitely the work of George H. and was
muled by him with his brother's die,especially since it is
found only in white metal. The sentiment is definitely one that
would be expressed during the Civil War era and could have
been struck then. It is found muled with several other dies
attributable to George H., a few that seem be be completely

DeWitt WS 1852-7, copper, 30.9mm
This would not have been the original reverse for this piece.  They
are found in brass and white metal also.

DeWitt C 1861-9, copper

Sullivan describes this piece as the 'United We Stand' with a blank

NY 495F, copper, 32mm

NY 495F variety, white metal, 32mm

NY 495F variety, brass, 34.8mm

Rulau list the copper version above, Sullivan mentions the white
metal variety in a note under C 1861-9. Neither mention
 a brass variety. The Boy and Dog die is
not the work of the Lovetts but George H. seems to have
obtained it at some point and muled it with several of his dies.

Atlantic Telegraph / United We Stand mule, white metal, 32mm
(image courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

Engraving proof for an 1860 campaign ribbon by John D. Lovett
(on line image)

The following four medals are mulings of John D. Lovett's Abram Lincoln
die with four different dies concerning Lincoln's death. My guess is these four
reverse dies were created by George H. then combined with his brother's
die to create these pieces. Sullivan list them under AL 1860-34 but
says nothing about the metals they were struck in. Cunningham list them
in his chapter on Mortuary or Death medals and only list the metals
mentioned below.

DeWitt AL 1860-34(A), Cunningham 9-400B, brass, 31.3mm

DeWitt AL 1860-34(B), Cunnigham 9-410C, copper, 31mm

Reverse die: inscrpition in eight lines BORN FEB.12, 1809
MARCH 4TH 1865. DIED APRIL 15, 1865. within a circle.
DeWitt AL 1860-34(C), Cunningham 9-430B, brass, 31.2mm

DeWitt AL 1860-34(D), Cunningham 9-420B, brass, 31mm

Reverse die: inscription IN MEMORY OF ABM. LINCOLN,
DIED APRIL 15, 1865  with crossed laurel brabches above.

Sullivan mentions a copper medal with the above obverse and blank reverse.

1861 Anti-Confederate Medalet

DeWitt C 1861-6, silver, 32mm
DeWitt C 1861-6, copper, 32mm

DeWitt C 1861-6, brass, 31.2mm

DeWitt C 1861-6, white metal, 32mm
DeWitt C 1861-7, copper, 32mm

(image compliments of Steve Hayden)