Hard Times token
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Token; metal; depiction of Lady Liberty's profile surrounded by a ring of stars on the obverse, a ring of garland on the the reverse; obverse "E PLURIBUS UNUM / 1837" reverse "MILLIONS FOR DEFENCE / NOT / ONE / CENT / FOR TRIBUTE"
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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