Hard Times token

Object Number: 
INV.13856c
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; hole at the top of the obverse; depiction of bald eagle, with a shield on its chest and branches in its claws, surrounded by a ring of stars on the obverse; obverse "1837" reverse "S. MAYCOCK & Co. / EVER POINTED / PENCIL CASE / MANUFACTURERS / SAML MAYCOCK / JOHN HAGUE / 35 CITY HALL PLACE N-Y"
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.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas H. Meyers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group