In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his “Cross of Gold” speech at the Democratic National Convention. Bryan argued of the need to reinstall the policy of free silver where individuals could bring silver to a Mint to be turned into coins. Bryan also decried the gold standard, of which “cross of gold” is in reference to. The speech, thought by some to be the most famous speech in American history, led to Bryan’s appointment as the Democratic candidate for the presidential election if 1896. Bryan would go on to lose against McKinley and the gold standard would be made official in 1900. Nevertheless, the “Cross of Gold” remains one of the more famous speeches ever given in the US and the 1896 eagle gold coin is thoroughly connected to it.