Baker 258A Avoid extremes of party spirit  Bolen Springfield, MA
Obverse: GEORGE WASHINGTON [below bust] J. A. BOLEN
Reverse: AVOID / THE / EXTREMES/ OF PARTY / SPIRIT
Oreide Weight: 215.0 g (13.93 grams) Diameter: 27.9 mm Reverse die alignment: 360°
Comments: This medal was designed by the engraver James Adam Bolen of Springfield, Massachusetts as an expression of anti war sentiment for those hopeful for a political negotiation rather than a military response to the Confederacy.
The obverse displays an bust left portrait of Washington in civilian dress while the reverse has the legend within an oak wreath. Six examples were struck in silver, seventy five in oreide, a few in brass and others in white metal. Bolen explained oreide was his term for an alloy of copper with a small gold content.
Provenance: Part of an anonymous donation consisting of 1100 tokens and medals covering the Nineteenth century, primarily up through the Civil War era.
Reference: Rulau and Fuld, p. 118.