Ribbon advocating the free coinage of silver in a ratio of 16:1 with gold, worn by a Silver Republican, c. 1896. Printed silk. Likely issued in a western state or territory, where the mining industry was strong and favored increased extraction of silver. The national Republican Party was identified with both protectionism and the gold standard, but a few Republicans, notably Colorado governor Henry Teller, broke with the party on the latter question. Pro-silver Republican items are quite scarce, and we haven't seen another example of this ribbon.