Hard Times token

Object Number: 
INV.13718.33
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Token; metal; depiction Andrew Jackson in military garb, emerging from the roof of a building with a sword and purse in hand, on the obverse, and a ship on the reverse; obverse "I TAKE THE / RESPONSIBILITY" reverse "VAN BURREN / METALLIC 1837 CURRENCY"
Gallery Label: 
The image of the sword and purse in Jackson's hands continued for some time after the Whigs had gained control of the government. The implication was that the country's liberties were threatened under the Van Burren administration, by a union of a sword and purse in the same hands.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group