February 12 is the real Lincoln birthday. It has since been folded into “Presidents’ Day.” Given the left’s plans to cancel our history and culture completely, this might be one of the last times we will be able to observe Lincoln’s birthday without getting on a black list.
This piece was from Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. The die maker got the name wrong, “Abram Lincoln,” because he used the used on an incorrect biography. The all seeing eye on the reverse stands for the Hartford, Connecticut Wide Awakes Marching Club. The “Abram Lincoln” side was used with three other reverses and is fairly common. This combination with the “Wide Awakes” club is rare.
This piece was from Lincoln’s 1864 campaign. The slogan “Honest Old Abe” appears on it. This piece is somewhat scarce.
The front of this ferrotype is my avatar. A ferrotype is a photograph that is printed on a thin piece of iron… This is a scarce and popular political piece. Decent examples bring $3,000 and up at major auctions.
I have many more Lincoln items that were issued during his two campaigns.
This last one was made by Victor David Brenner who designed the Lincoln Cent. It was this piece that inspired Theodore Roosevelt to push for the Lincoln Cent in Congress. Brenner showed to Roosevelt while he was posing for a Panama Canal medal that would be awarded to those who built it. The Lincoln Cent was introduced in August 1909.
The reverse is especially symbolic. It shows a lone eagle on a cliff above a raging sea. The light of hope is stemming from above.
Here is the first type of Lincoln Cent, the 1909-VDB which had Victor David Brenner’s initials on the reverse.