Token celebrating Gen. George McClellan, c. 1863. Copper. DeWitt GMcC 1864-31. OBV: Bust of McClellan in uniform. REV: Inscription, McCLELLAN/ MEDAL/ FOR/ ONE CENT, star to right and left.
Relieved of his command a second time by Lincoln for failing to exploit a costly Union victory at Antietam, McClellan sought, with comparable success, to relieve Lincoln of his command by means of the ballot box, running as the Democratic Party nominee in 1864. Lincoln managed to fend off this challenge, but for much of the race McClellan, or "Little Mac," as he was known affectionately to the troops, was the frontrunner.
Originally issued as patriotic war tokens (and accepted as substitutes for pennies, which were in short supply), these copper coins circulated widely during the 1864 presidential campaign.