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Hard Times token

Object Number: 
1991.1
Date: 
ca. 1837
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 1/16 in. ( 2.9 x 0.2 cm )
Description: 
Hard Times token inscribed on the obverse "Smith's Clock Establishment, No. 7 1/2 Bowery, New York, 1837" and on the reverse "Time is Money".
Gallery Label: 
This "Hard Times" token was used in New York City during the national financial Panic of 1837. It was used as script when banks were low on money, or failed.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. David Dufour
Provenance: 
This coin, an example of a "Hard Times" token, was used in New York City during the national financial "Panic of 1837". It was used as script when banks were low on money, or failed.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group