Hard Times Token

Description (Brief):

This token was made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut around 1834. 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 tokens. This “hard times token” mocked President Andrew Jackson for his economic policies.

Description (Brief)

Obverse: Andrew Jackson popping out of a chest holding a money bag and a sword. Legend: I TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY.

Description (Brief)

Reverse: Donkey with label “LLD.” Legend: THE CONSTITUTION AS I UNDERSTAND IT, ROMAN FIRMNESS and VETO.

Date Made: 1834

Maker: 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, American Enterprise, Scovill Manufacturing Collection

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Credit Line: Scovill, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0296.1140Accession Number: 1981.0296Catalog Number: 1981.0296.1140

Object Name: medal, political

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-0ab4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1382133

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