Van Buren Hard Times Token

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Description (Brief)
This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1841. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including coins.
This “hard times token” was made during the United States’ economic depression in the 1830s.
Obverse: A ship named “Experiment” is wrecked against rocks. Legend: VAN BUREN METALLIC CURRENT 1837.
Reverse: A ship named “Constitution” is sailing in a soft sea with full sails. Legend: WEBSTER CREDIT CURRENT 1841.
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Van Buren, Martin
Scovill Manufacturing Company
overall: 2.9 cm; 1 1/8 in
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Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
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National Museum of American History


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