Hard Times token: City Coal Yard Providence, R.I. 1833
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Token; copper; depiction of a fire fender on obverse; obverse "CITY COAL YARD / PROVIDENCE, R.I." reverse "EPHRAIM A. HATHAWAY / ANTHRACITE / BITUMINOUS / COAL / 1833"
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.
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