Samuel Tilden: Rare 1880
Samuel Tilden: Rare 1880 'Convention Bitters' Anti-Tilden advertising token (SJT 1876-6)

Samuel Tilden: Rare 1880 "Convention Bitters" Anti-Tilden advertising token (SJT 1876-6)

Price: $250.00
Medalet advertising Drake's "Plantation" Bitters and satirizing the candidacy of Samuel Tilden for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1880.
Catalog No: 20421
Availability: In Stock.
SIZE: 27 mm
GRADE: Choice/AU

Medalet advertising Drake's "Plantation" Bitters and satirizing the candidacy of Samuel Tilden for the Democratic presidential nomination, 1880. Gilt brass. DeWitt SJT 1876-9.

OBV: Bust of Tilden to right; inscription around, TILDEN'S "CONVENTION" BITTERS / S:J:T-1880-X-IT. REV: Inscription, DRAKE'S "PLANTATION" BITTERS, final decoration, S.T.-1860-X.

A cryptic piece that requires some deciphering... Although listed in DeWitt with the 1876 Tilden items, it certainly dates to 1880, when Tilden sought the Democratic nomination, and was soundly rejected. According to DeWitt, "S.T.-1860-X" means "started in the trade in 1860 with $10." The inscription below Tilden's bust is clearly mocking in tone, the sense of it being an embittered Tilden was making his exit from the political stage. Drake's was an actual brand of bitters, so it's also a neat advertising piece.

Scarce in any grade, this example is near UNC with virtually no loss to gilt finish.

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