Hard Times tokens (2)
Overall: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Token; metal; depiction of bald eagle with a snake and branch in its claws on obverse, ring of garland on reverse; obverse "1837" reverse "FEUCHTWANGER'S / ONE / CENT / COMPOSITION"
In 1837, Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger petitioned Congress to adopt his "Feuchtwagner's Composition" (German silver, a white, tarnishable copper-zinc nicker alloy) for the U.S. copper cent, reducing it to 18.55 MM. The petition was supported by Sen. Thomas H. Benton, but rejected by Mint Director Patterson in 1838.
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