Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Bryan Campaign Token


Bryan Campaign Token
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Bryan Campaing Token
Bryan Campaing Token  
Can you help me estimate the value of this William Jenings Btyan Campaign Token?  Internet says it dates 1896. It is relatively heavy but I don't know the weight. There is no readily apparent wear.


Not an expert in this area. My initial impression from looking at the attached photos is that your item is likely cast and made of pot metal vs. silver. It may be legitimate, but needs to be looked at by an expert. Bryan money is considered to be pro-McKinley in the 1896 presidential election. The original tokens are scarce to rare, and there are a number of different sizes and types.

I'm not familiar with this design. There are several Bryan "So Called Dollars", see:

I'd suggest that you limit yourself to the Professional Numismatic Guild (PNG) dealers. Here's a link to find ones in your area:

Here's a link on Bryan Dollars:

Do NOT attempt to clean it, as you could destroy the value. There are excellent holders available on the web or at many coin shops to help protect your collectible. Here are a couple of links:

I'm providing a Wikipedia link that gives an excellent history of Bryan, and what he stood for, "Free Silver". The link:

You may want to check eBay listings in the exonumia category under coins and currency from time to time to see if tokens like yours are listed and what they are going for.  

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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