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Hard Times tokens (3)

Object Number: 
INV.13765a-c
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Tokens; copper; depiction of Lady Liberty; surrounded by a ring of garland, on obverse; obverse "E PLURIBUS UNUM / 1837" reverse "GEORGE A JARVIS / 142 / GRAND / CORNER OF / ELM STREET / NEW YORK / WINE & TEA DEALERS"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group