An 1860 Lincoln Medallion

John Hartwell

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I don't know just what this actually is, but it includes a (to me) unfamiliar Lincoln image:
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From the Boston Public Library photo collection at https://www.fold3.com/image/111/256576134.
I think they "handsomed him up" a little for the campaign.
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The OP is the 1860 Campaign Medal ---aka Token or Medallion---for Lincoln and Hamlin. The ferrotype image of Lincoln was on one side of the medal; flip it over and the Hamlin ferrotype is on the other side. Collectors would easily pay $1000+ for one in the superb condition as shown in OP.
 

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The photo is one by Mathew B. Brady who could retouch photos as well as any modern computer program. The standing photo was taken on February 27, 1860, a few hours before Lincoln's Cooper Union address. Lincoln later said the photo put him in the White House.
 

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Your post presented a historically significant small object for identification & discussion...not ridiculous in the least bit.

In fact, was searching for this very thing today, since campaign fob examples often lead to early form campaign buttons, which were sewn-on back-shank true buttons, rather than later & modern day pin-back buttons. I wondered if I might see black lacquered Lincoln mourning buttons, as noted in Albert's. Hoping to discover a patent date, and original manufacturing ads.
 

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