Medalet promoting Stephen Douglas for president, 1860. Brass. DeWitt SD 1860-11.
OBV: Bust of Douglas to left with date, 1860, below; inscription around, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS. REV: Inscription around, LIBERTY UNION AND EQUALITY, enclosing displayed eagle with United States shield on breast.
The Illinois Democrat would have been elected president in 1860 had the party not split into a northern and southern faction, throwing the race to the Republican, fellow Illinoisan Abraham Lincoln. Choice specimen.