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Breckinridge campaign medal

Object Number: 
INV.3282
Date: 
c. 1856
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 13/16 in. ( 4.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, below bust truncation, at center: "KEY"
Description: 
White metal struck medal with obverse showing nude bust of Washington facing left with legend comprised of two concentric lines of text: "THE UNION MUST & SHALL BE PRESERVED/JACKSON/UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL/1856." Reverse depicts running deer facing right with stars scattered around; cannon with date "1856" beneath; legend below, center: "-AND-/BRECKINRIDGE."
Gallery Label: 
John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875), a Kentucky lawyer, ran successfully on the Democratic ticket as James Buchanan's Vice Presidential candidate in 1856. The buck and cannon represented on this medal refer to the President. An unsuccessful candidate for President in 1860, Breckinridge served as a General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group