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WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, 1900 Typed Letter Signed

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William Jennings Bryan Signed Letter With Rare “Bryan Money” Historic Political & Numismatic Content In 1900
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, Three-time Democratic Candidate for President, proponent of “Free Coinage” of both Gold and Silver, with all of the Gold and Silver Currency now in circulation coined at the ratio of “16 to 1.” Scopes Evolution “Monkey Trial” Lawyer against Clarence Darrow.
December 17, 1900 Dated, Typed Letter Signed, “ W. J. Bryan,” upon his Personal Letterhead Stationery, at Lincoln, Nebraska, measuring 11” x 8.5,” Very Fine. Bryan writes to a W. H. Carmody, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and important explanation which reads, in part:

“... the term ‘16 to 1’ as used in the Democratic platform, means that we favor the coinage laws of this country as they existed prior to the demonetization act of 1873. Before the demonetization (sic) we had the free Coinage of both gold and silver at the present legal ratio of 16 to 1. To-day we have the free coinage of gold, but our government is not coining silver on public account but on government account. All of the gold and silver currency now in circulation was coined at the ratio of 16 to 1, and the government now is coining silver dollars each month from its stock of bullion at the ratio of 16 to 1. The ratio of 16 to 1 means that one part of gold shall be equal to sixteen parts of silver, or that the silver dollar shall contain in weight sixteen times as much silver bullion as the gold dollar contains gold bullion...”

This is an important, historic content Political and Numismatic related Typed Autograph Letter. It calls out to both collectors of Numismatists “Bryan Money” and to Political, Presidential Campaign and Gold and Silver Backed Currency collectors alike!

Accompanied by an actual, authentic original 52mm solid Silver “Bryan Dollar,” which was struck by Spaulding & Co., Goldsmiths & Silversmiths, grading Extremely Fine with some trivial rim bumps. We cannot say for certain if this actual “Bryan” Political coin accompanied this letter which would actually make complete sense. It certainly illustrates the “16 to 1”Gold to Silver concept and could have been the reason for this writing. Also Accompanied by a quality steel-plate image Engraving of Bryan, with the plate measuring 4.5” x 3.75” upon a larger piece of card stock. A remarkable small archive, with premium content, the Letter having an outstanding, bold deep brown large signature “W. J. Bryan.” This is a meaningful letter, that would make an absolutely fantastic present to current Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, who holds many of Bryan’s “Free Coinage” and Monetary Policy, Hard Coinage beliefs! (3 items).


William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) of Lincoln, Nebraska was Born in Illinois in 1860, William Jennings Bryan influenced Nebraskan and United States politics for thirty years. Bryan came to Lincoln in 1887 at the beginning of the Populist Revolt, an agrarian political movement spurred on by the depression of the late 1880's. Often regarded as the greatest orator of his time, Bryan capitalized on his tremendous personal magnetism and speaking ability to champion the Populist cause.

Initially, the Populist wrath was directed at the railroads, who farmers felt unfairly discriminated against them when they shipped their produce to market, but later, their platform encompassed not only government ownership of the railroad and telegraph lines,but also the Free Coinage of Silver (to help loosen the tight reins on lending, especially to farmers) and an adjustment of taxation such that the wealthy "bear its just burdens."

In 1896, backed by Populist support, Bryan received the Democratic nomination for the office of President of the United States, but was defeated by the Republican nominee William McKinley. Bryan was just 36 years of age. Bryan was again nominated in 1900 and 1908, but was defeated in both elections. In the presidential election of 1912, Bryan was influential in Woodrow Wilson gaining the Democratic nomination and when Wilson became president, Bryan was made secretary of state. He resigned the post three years in a disagreement over foreign policy. Bryan was known as the "Great Commoner" because of his concern for the working man.

The newspaper he founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1901, was named "The Commoner" and served to carry his political views. For two years prior to his 1896 presidential nomination, Mr. Bryan was editor of the Omaha World-Herald.

Bryan is also nationally known as the prosecution lawyer in the "Scopes Monkey Trial," one of the most sensational trials of its era.

In 1925, John Scopes was brought to trial for teaching evolution theory in his classroom.

While Bryan helped secure a conviction in the nationally prominent case, it was widely felt that the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow, who defended Scopes, made a fool of Bryan and the prosecution with his legal arguments. Mr. Bryan died soon after the trial's completion.
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Lot 0009 Details

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Autographs
William Jennings Bryan Signed Letter With Rare “Bryan Money” Historic Political & Numismatic Content In 1900
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, Three-time Democratic Candidate for President, proponent of “Free Coinage” of both Gold and Silver, with all of the Gold and Silver Currency now in circulation coined at the ratio of “16 to 1.” Scopes Evolution “Monkey Trial” Lawyer against Clarence Darrow.
December 17, 1900 Dated, Typed Letter Signed, “ W. J. Bryan,” upon his Personal Letterhead Stationery, at Lincoln, Nebraska, measuring 11” x 8.5,” Very Fine. Bryan writes to a W. H. Carmody, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri and important explanation which reads, in part:

“... the term ‘16 to 1’ as used in the Democratic platform, means that we favor the coinage laws of this country as they existed prior to the demonetization act of 1873. Before the demonetization (sic) we had the free Coinage of both gold and silver at the present legal ratio of 16 to 1. To-day we have the free coinage of gold, but our government is not coining silver on public account but on government account. All of the gold and silver currency now in circulation was coined at the ratio of 16 to 1, and the government now is coining silver dollars each month from its stock of bullion at the ratio of 16 to 1. The ratio of 16 to 1 means that one part of gold shall be equal to sixteen parts of silver, or that the silver dollar shall contain in weight sixteen times as much silver bullion as the gold dollar contains gold bullion...”

This is an important, historic content Political and Numismatic related Typed Autograph Letter. It calls out to both collectors of Numismatists “Bryan Money” and to Political, Presidential Campaign and Gold and Silver Backed Currency collectors alike!

Accompanied by an actual, authentic original 52mm solid Silver “Bryan Dollar,” which was struck by Spaulding & Co., Goldsmiths & Silversmiths, grading Extremely Fine with some trivial rim bumps. We cannot say for certain if this actual “Bryan” Political coin accompanied this letter which would actually make complete sense. It certainly illustrates the “16 to 1”Gold to Silver concept and could have been the reason for this writing. Also Accompanied by a quality steel-plate image Engraving of Bryan, with the plate measuring 4.5” x 3.75” upon a larger piece of card stock. A remarkable small archive, with premium content, the Letter having an outstanding, bold deep brown large signature “W. J. Bryan.” This is a meaningful letter, that would make an absolutely fantastic present to current Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, who holds many of Bryan’s “Free Coinage” and Monetary Policy, Hard Coinage beliefs! (3 items).


William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) of Lincoln, Nebraska was Born in Illinois in 1860, William Jennings Bryan influenced Nebraskan and United States politics for thirty years. Bryan came to Lincoln in 1887 at the beginning of the Populist Revolt, an agrarian political movement spurred on by the depression of the late 1880's. Often regarded as the greatest orator of his time, Bryan capitalized on his tremendous personal magnetism and speaking ability to champion the Populist cause.

Initially, the Populist wrath was directed at the railroads, who farmers felt unfairly discriminated against them when they shipped their produce to market, but later, their platform encompassed not only government ownership of the railroad and telegraph lines,but also the Free Coinage of Silver (to help loosen the tight reins on lending, especially to farmers) and an adjustment of taxation such that the wealthy "bear its just burdens."

In 1896, backed by Populist support, Bryan received the Democratic nomination for the office of President of the United States, but was defeated by the Republican nominee William McKinley. Bryan was just 36 years of age. Bryan was again nominated in 1900 and 1908, but was defeated in both elections. In the presidential election of 1912, Bryan was influential in Woodrow Wilson gaining the Democratic nomination and when Wilson became president, Bryan was made secretary of state. He resigned the post three years in a disagreement over foreign policy. Bryan was known as the "Great Commoner" because of his concern for the working man.

The newspaper he founded in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1901, was named "The Commoner" and served to carry his political views. For two years prior to his 1896 presidential nomination, Mr. Bryan was editor of the Omaha World-Herald.

Bryan is also nationally known as the prosecution lawyer in the "Scopes Monkey Trial," one of the most sensational trials of its era.

In 1925, John Scopes was brought to trial for teaching evolution theory in his classroom.

While Bryan helped secure a conviction in the nationally prominent case, it was widely felt that the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow, who defended Scopes, made a fool of Bryan and the prosecution with his legal arguments. Mr. Bryan died soon after the trial's completion.

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