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The E-Sylum (10/27/2013)

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Jim Duncan's Bryan dollar Jim Duncan of New Zealand writes:

I have an illustration of a "Bryan Dollar" - it looks like a cartwheel set on a larger flan, and I understand the message. But I can't read the legend on the inner circle. Can one of your erudite correspondents throw some light on same?

I usually leave such questions as an exercise for our sharp readers, but I knew the answer to this one: "Size of government dollar containing 412 1/2 grains of silver 900 / 1000 fine".

The medals were made during the presidential campaigns of William Jennings Bryan and referred to the fight over free silver and different proposed standards. Here are a couple images for similar pieces found in auction sales. Readers can click on the image to see a larger version on our Flickr archive, or go to the auction house site for the best view. -Editor

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1896 Bryan Dollar. HK-780, Schornstein-6, Zerbe-5.;
Stack's Bowers March 2012 Sale, Lot 328

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1900. Bryan Dollar, HK-782; Goldberg Sale 13 Lot 2330

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