Hard Times token

Object Number: 
Z.3103c
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Token; copper; depiction of a bald eagle with a shield on its chest, and arrows and a branch in its claws, on obverse, a ring of stars and a ring of garland on reverse; obverse "U.S. STANDARD WEIGHT & VAULE / 1837" reverse "HALF / CENT / WORTH / OF / PURE COPPER"
Gallery Label: 
In 1837 and again in 1857, financial crises caused loss of confidence in paper money and widespread redemption of currency in coin. Banks were soon forced to suspend specie payments, and tokens and fractional notes had to serve as smaller change. In 1857, the United States eliminated the half cent.
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Creative: Tronvig Group