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Hard Times token: W.P. Haskins Troy, NY, 1834

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Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Token; copper; depiction of a planing machine on obverse; obverse "WOODWORTH'S PATENT / MADE BY / S. B. SCHENCK / ATTLEBORO / MASS. / PLANING MACHINE" reverse "PLANK PLANED / & / MATCHED BY / W. P. HASKINS / 435 RIVER ST / TROY N.Y. / ALSO GROUND NOVA / SCOTIA PLASTER / FOR SALE / 1834"
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