Henry Clay Presidential Campaign Medal
diameter: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.8 cm )
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation: "I B C"
Brass struck medal with obverse showing draped bust of Henry Clay facing right with legend: "HENRY CLAY AND THE AMERICAN SYSTEM." Reverse bears inscription within laurel wreath: "UNITED/WE/STAND."
Henry Clay (1777-1852), American statesman, was secretary of state under John Quincy Adams and an unsuccessful candidate for presidency in 1824, 1832, and 1844. He was one of the most popular and influential political leaders in American history. This medal seems to be an early example of presidential campaign medals, most probably dating to 1824.
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