Hard Times tokens (2)
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Tokens; copper; (a) depiction of Lady Liberty's profile surrounded by a ring of stars on obverse; (b) depiction of a bald eagle with a shield on its chest and arrows and a branch in its arms, surrounded by a ring of stars, on obverse; an open umbrella on the reverse; obverse (a) "EPLURIBUS UNUM" (b) "1837" reverse "H. CROSSMAN / MANUFACTURER / No 92 1/2 / CHATHAM ST N. Y."
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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