This is the seventh and final part of a multi-part series on
Presidential campaign collectibles from the Nov. 7, 2016, monthly
issue of Coin World:
The 2016 presidential campaign will likely go down in the record
books as one of the most derisive and divisive in American political history.
The barbs, patronizing remarks and mudslinging thrown between
Republican candidate and political neophyte Donald Trump and
Democratic candidate and veteran politician and former first lady
Hillary Clinton opened the door ever so slightly for third-party
candidates like Libertarian Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor,
and Green Party nominee Jill Stein, because many voters feel they
really don’t have a clear-cut choice.
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In many a comment, both Trump and Clinton have accused each other of
being deeply misinformed on the issues or outright lying.
If you still haven’t seen enough of Hillary
Clinton and Donald Trump, there’s a medal for you:
And for those having trouble deciding on two 2016 presidential
candidates, it might be extra useful.
Johnson’s stumbles, making a number of gaffes during television and
radio interviews especially on foreign affairs, and the arrest of
Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, in connection with the
Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s protests against the Dakota Access
pipeline in North Dakota, likely took a lot of steam out of their
Yet, the contentiousness of the 2016 presidential campaign may be
considered a windfall to collectors of political memorabilia seeking
to add buttons, medals, pins, badges, stickered coins, silver rounds
and more to their candidate assemblages.
More often than not, the political campaign items carry a message
issued in support of the candidate. There are, however, several pieces
issued as pot shots at an opposing candidate’s perceived or real weak spots.
The race for the Republican Party’s nomination, which Trump secured,
saw nearly two dozen candidates vying for the honor, with political
items issued for each of them in the early stages of their candidacy.
The list of contenders slowly dwindled as candidates quit or
otherwise suspended their campaigns.
The Democrats had a handful of contenders, with Bernie Sanders
providing serious competition against Clinton.
And the third-party candidates, although they likely will not win
the White House in the end, have had the opportunity to get their
message out to the voting public.
What to collect from the 2016 election
Online searches through Google and other search engines will yield a
multitude of political collectibles issued in association with the
2016 presidential campaign.
Results on eBay, too, were abundant.
Many of the items offered could be purchased for less than $50 each,
but some prices were higher, especially if pieces were issued in small
quantities, had limited distribution or were struck in precious metals.
Collectors may go beyond focus on a particular candidate, or a
wide-angled “one of each” approach, and may consider adding items
associated with the national conventions held by the respective
Trump’s leading campaign mantra, his “Make America Great Again”
slogan is found on many Trump political collectibles, with and without
his eventual vice presidential running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
For Hillary Clinton, the main slogan is “Stronger Together”; her
campaign also uses “I’m with her” and a logo depicting an onward arrow
through a capital letter H, used where Hs appear in her signage.
Collectibles can be found bearing images and/or slogans of Clinton
alone and with her running mate, Tim Kaine.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters were quick to market the play on words,
“Feel the Bern.”
Gary Johnson presidential campaign items can be found bearing
messages like “Live Free” and “Make America Sane Again.” Johnson items
include those with and without his running mate, former Massachusetts
Gov. Bill Weld.
The Stein and Baraka theme has been “It’s In Our Hands.”
Imagine the possibilities
Many issues are not officially affiliated with the candidates’
Bernard von NotHaus, monetary architect for the Liberty Dollar,
executed Trump Dollar medallions in Brilliant Uncirculated copper for
$5 and .999 fine 1-ounce silver for $25.
Offered for nearly $2,600, a price subject to change, is a Proof set
containing three pieces:
➤ A special 2-ounce “Double Split Piedfort” Proof Trump Dollar with
a gold-layered 1-ounce .999 fine silver planchet sandwiched between
two half-ounce .9999 fine gold planchets.
➤ A Proof 1-ounce .999 fine silver Trump Dollar.
➤ A Proof 1-ounce pure copper Trump Dollar.
All three Proof medals are minted with eight strikes by the proofing
press and a special Ultra High Relief obverse die to create a
“flawless” mirror-like Proof finish that “cannot be confused” with the
lower relief Satin-like finish on the Brilliant Uncirculated edition.
and pricing can be found here.
Among the most prolific 2016 presidential campaign collectibles
available are the pinback buttons.
One such button likens Hillary Clinton to Rosie the Riveter, a
symbol of the women who worked in factories producing the nation’s
armaments and more during World War II.
Many Bernie Sanders-themed buttons push the “Feel the Bern” motto.
Many examples of Clinton and Sanders buttons are available at under
An anti-Hillary Clinton campaign flipper token, produced in a
variety of metallic compositions, has Donald Trumpin a badly
sculptured portrait on the “Heads You Win” obverse and a “Tails We
Lose” reverse depicting an unflattering portrait of Clinton. Examples
have been offered on eBay for $12 each.
A 10-piece Hillary Clinton Coin and Card set includes colorized 2016
Shawnee National Forest quarter dollars bearing images of the
Chicago-born candidate captured at various stages of her life. Sets
can be found for under $20.
Silver Shield’s 1-ounce .999 fine silver round inscribed “Vote
Nobody 2016 — Nobody Can Help Us” has a faceless obverse portrait
whose outline holds a striking resemblance to former President Bill
Clinton. Examples can be found for between $25 and $30.
An Anti-Trump button depicts a clown-faced Donald Trump with Uncle
Sam top hat being rained on by $100 Federal Reserve notes. Jugate
buttons can be found depicting Trump with his vice presidential
running mate, Mike Pence. The 2.25-inch buttons can be located for
under $5 each.
Enameled bronze 1.75-inch medallions were issued as commemorative
souvenirs of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and
the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, both available to
anyone who wanted to purchase them. United States Secret Service
enameled challenge coins from both conventions are also available. The
enameled pieces can be found for $60 to $70 each.
Jugate third-party candidate buttons depict Libertarian Johnson and
running mate Weld, while the Green Party jugate buttons show Stein and
running mate Baraka. Buttons are available for under $6 each.
A strong political statement is made on a 1-ounce, .999 fine silver
round issued by Silver Shield, although it is open to interpretation.
Inscribed OLIGARCHY — YOU VOTE WE WIN, the medal’s obverse depicts a
two-headed skeleton in a suit, dollar sign on the tie knot, while the
Democratic donkey and Republican elephant stand in the background.
Pricing is tied to the spot price of silver, with a premium added
depending on the distributor.
A silver-plated base metal 38-millimeter Trump medal marries a Trump
portrait obverse with a reverse design copied from the American Eagle
silver bullion coin, with coin inscriptions included. Examples are
found for under $20.
A privately produced pro-Trump 30-millimeter novelty piece resembles
the Kennedy half dollar, replete with the appearance of a P Mint mark.
It is silver-plated over base metal. Examples are found online for
about $15 each.
Art Classics has issued a number of colorful political notes
both for and against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, each available
for only a few dollars each.
No matter how you determine to collect from the 2016 or earlier
presidential campaigns, there are generally plenty of items from which
to chose, and pieces in all price ranges.
It all depends on how much you want to spend and on what.
Read our entire series so far on collecting Presidential election materials:
The presidential election that
might have been the nastiest on record
: So nasty were the personal attacks between Jackson and the
incumbent, John Quincy Adams, during the 1828 campaign that Jackson
blamed the stress of the attacks for contributing to the death of
The election of 1800 saw a number
of firsts among American presidential races
: The presidential election of 1800 was a particularly
uncomfortable one in political circles, pitting Vice President
Thomas Jefferson against the president he was currently serving
under, John Adams.
Abraham Lincoln faced
more than one opponent in the 1860 presidential election
: While it is not uncommon today for political candidates in state
and national contents to stump in any small community that will host
them, during the 1860 campaign the tactic was considered somewhat tacky.
Sounds like jewelry, so
why was a ‘cross of gold’ not considered a good thing in 1896?
: The hotly contested presidential race of 1896 pitted former Ohio
Gov. William McKinley, a Republican, against Democratic contender
and perennial presidential wannabe William Jennings Bryan.
How Theodore Roosevelt helped
deliver the White House to Woodrow Wilson
: The 1912 election witnessed the establishment of a new political
entity, Roosevelt’s Progressive Party, also dubbed the Bull Moose Party.
Four-time winner Franklin Roosevelt
generates opposition collectibles
: The election of 1932 put Democrat and former New York
governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt into the White House for the
first of his unprecedented four terms.
The 2016 presidential election
hitting new heights, or depths, of nastiness
: Campaign collectibles are trying to promote the 2016 presidential
candidates amid all the mudslinging.