True's Lincoln Campaign Tokens from 1860 and 1864 - Dewitt 1860-20
This is the obverse for Lincoln's 1860 campaign token. Of note, Osborne Coin has the dies and claims they struck the token for Lincoln, however, the Osborn company didn't exist until 1920. Their history goes back to 1835 through acquisitions. Do we know who made this token? There's some text at the bottom of Lincoln's bust says "TRUE".
Dick Johnson wrote:
Osborne Coinage Company, manufacturer, Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded 1920 by Wiley W. Osborne as Osborne Register Company. That same year the firm had purchased the Murdock Stamp and Speciality Company -- headed by James Murdock Jr. (q.v.) -- which, in turn, traced its roots to John Stanton (q.v.) the area's first diesinker. While the exact date may be nebulous, Osborne uses 1835 as the firm's founding date. In 1944 W.W. Osborne sold the firm to Dayton Acme Company, which later named it Osborne Coinage Company."
Here's the text from Osborne's website:
Over the past 200 plus years, Osborne Coinage has served The United States, its people and its presidents as a custom coin manufacturer. In 1860, when Illinois Senator Abraham Lincoln decided to run for president, the company provided him with inexpensive campaign coins to give away during his campaigns in both 1860 and 1864. Both sets of dies are still in our die vault today. Osborne made political coins for eight other presidential campaigns including Ulysses Grant and Franklin Roosevelt.
Here's the die from Osborne's website:
This is a photo of Dewitt 1860-20 which was sold by Steve Hayden on May 28, 2018 for $687.50. Unfortunately, the reverse image is no longer available.
1860 Abraham Lincoln Political Campaign Token Eagle on Globe with Shield
1860 Abraham Lincoln Political Campaign Token, Dewitt AL 1860-20. For President Abraham Lincoln Of Illinois with image of an eagle on a globe holding shield on reverse.
I started reading about this through my interest in James Murdock Jr. who struck a Columbian Expo store card I had picked up: