OBV: Nude bust of Clay with 1844 at truncation; above, HENRY CLAY/THE ASHLAND FARMER; below, BORN APRIL 12, 1777. REV. THE NOBLE AND PATRIOTIC SUPPORTER OF PROTECTION, enclosed by wreath.
If any man ever deserved to be president, Henry Clay was that man. Running in every election going back to 1832, he helped found the Whig Party, and in 1844 was nominated by acclamation. In light of his stature in the Senate (he had drafted the Missouri Compromise), and his international renoun as a diplomat (he negotiated the Treaty of Ghent), his supporters viewed his election all but preordained. But in a stunning upset, he narrowly lost to the dark horse James Polk, his presidential aspirations never to be realized.
We offer a choice example of an original Henry Clay medalet minted for his 1844 campaign.
Note: Natural patina may vary from example shown.