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1856 John C. Fremont election medal. Dewitt JF 1856-2. White metal (tin), 43 mm. Dies by F.B. Smith and Hartmann. Choice Mint State.

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1856 John C. Fremont election medal. Dewitt JF 1856-2. White metal (tin), 43 mm. Dies by F.B. Smith and Hartmann. Choice Mint State.

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1856 John C. Fremont election medal. Dewitt JF 1856-2. White metal (tin), 43 mm. Dies by F.B. Smith and Hartmann. Choice Mint State. Plain edge. One of the most visually interesting political medalets of its era, struck in a large format and with a finely detailed reverse scene, a far cry from the often-bland quarter-sized productions of the Election of 1856 and others of this period. Bright and lustrous, with brilliant untoned surfaces and no significant flaws. The fields show a somewhat pimply texture under a glass, a by-product of the tin composition, but no corrosion (also known as tinpest) or serious marks. A couple of positively miniscule nicks are noted at the rims, the largest of which is beneath IS at 5:00 on the reverse -- they are no big deal. Listed in both Satterlee (1862) and Bushnell (1858), this was actually struck to promote Fremont's 1856 candidacy, not made for later collectors when political medalets became the toast of the numismatic community during the Civil War. Fremont, who gained his fame as a trailblazer into California at the beginning of the Mexican-American War, lost the election to Democrat James Buchanan of Pennsylvania; former President Millard Fillmore finished a distant third. Fremont was the very first Republican Presidential candidate, running on a anti-slavery "free soil" platform. The reverse design depicts Fremont with the tools of the surveying trade, a reference to his work opening the California frontier, with the appropriate legend HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE. The U.S. Capitol is seen atop a distant hill. Fremont lost his state of residence, California, and carried just New England, New York, and four Midwestern states. His medalets and memory both remain more popular than the man who defeated him.

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1856 John C. Fremont election medal. Dewitt JF 1856-2. White metal (tin), 43 mm. Dies by F.B. Smith and Hartmann. Choice Mint State. Plain edge. One of the most visually interesting political medalets of its era, struck in a large format and with a finely detailed reverse scene, a far cry from the often-bland quarter-sized productions of the Election of 1856 and others of this period. Bright and lustrous, with brilliant untoned surfaces and no significant flaws. The fields show a somewhat pimply texture under a glass, a by-product of the tin composition, but no corrosion (also known as tinpest) or serious marks. A couple of positively miniscule nicks are noted at the rims, the largest of which is beneath IS at 5:00 on the reverse -- they are no big deal. Listed in both Satterlee (1862) and Bushnell (1858), this was actually struck to promote Fremont's 1856 candidacy, not made for later collectors when political medalets became the toast of the numismatic community during the Civil War. Fremont, who gained his fame as a trailblazer into California at the beginning of the Mexican-American War, lost the election to Democrat James Buchanan of Pennsylvania; former President Millard Fillmore finished a distant third. Fremont was the very first Republican Presidential candidate, running on a anti-slavery "free soil" platform. The reverse design depicts Fremont with the tools of the surveying trade, a reference to his work opening the California frontier, with the appropriate legend HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE. The U.S. Capitol is seen atop a distant hill. Fremont lost his state of residence, California, and carried just New England, New York, and four Midwestern states. His medalets and memory both remain more popular than the man who defeated him.

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10013015

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