Medal, a satirical dime ridiculing William Jennings Bryan and the Free Silver movement, 1896. Silvered cast iron. Unlisted in Zerbe.
OBV: Inscription in raised letters, ONE DIME; above, FREE SILVER; below, 1896. REV: Inscription in raised letters, IN BRYAN WE TRUST. Light wear to obverse, partially effacing the word SILVER.
The tokens associated with the 1896 campaign, issued in opposition to Bryan and the Democratic platform advocating the free coinage of silver at the ratio of 16:1 with gold, are known collectively as Bryan Money by numismatists. Only a few varieties are found with any frequency, and most are rare, many prohibitively so. This is the first example of this satirical dime (larger than a silver dollar, to suggest how much silver would be required to mint a dime) we have seen, and we can find no record of another example having sold publicly in the last decade. It was unknown to Zerbe when he compiled his catalog in 1926.