To us, the real similarity of the Presidential race of 1860 and 2016 lies not in the issues but in the name of
our company’s founder, John Stanton. Records show that before Mr. Stanton started Long-Stanton
Manufacturing in 1862, he owned a company in Cincinnati that provided the illustrations, made the
stamping die and minted the campaign coins of the 1860 presidential candidates.
The separate coins,
shown here, contained the etched, illustrated likeness of each candidate (notice Lincoln without a beard)
that were handed out to voters asking for their support. We can only guess that the medals would be
considered the Social Media “Like” button of its day.
Today, we honor John Stanton’s legacy by minting our “Indecision 2016” campaign coin. Only this time we feature on one side of the coin an
illustrated likeness of the Republican nominee Donald Trump and the same treatment for the Democratic challenger, Hilliary Clinton, on the