Van Buren Hard Times Token

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.

Description (Brief)

This “hard times token” was made during the United States’ economic depression in the 1830s.

Description (Brief)

Obverse: A ship named “Experiment” is wrecked against rocks. Legend: VAN BUREN METALLIC CURRENT 1837.

Description (Brief)

Reverse: A ship named “Constitution” is sailing in a soft sea with full sails. Legend: WEBSTER CREDIT CURRENT 1841.

Date Made: ca 1841

Referenced: Van Buren, MartinMaker: Scovill Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Waterbury

See more items in: Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing, Industry & Manufacturing, Scovill Manufacturing Collection


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Scovill, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0296.1132Accession Number: 1981.0296Catalog Number: 1981.0296.1132

Object Name: medal, political

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2.9 cm; 1 1/8 in


Record Id: nmah_1382125

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