5 Gourdes

Description (Brief):

The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this Haitian five- gourde coin around 1905. Scovill was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer that is still in business today. Scovill is an important example of early American industrial manufacturing that adapted armory machines to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, and coins.

Description (Brief)

Obverse: Profile image of Pierre Nord Alexis, facing left. The legend reads: REPUBLIQUE D'HAIT/I1905

Description (Brief)

Reverse: Seal of Haiti, six draped flags around a palm tree with a drum at its base, and topped by a Phrygian cap and surrounded by two cannons. The ribbon below reads, L'Union Fait La Force. The legend reads: LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ/5.

Date Made: 1905

Maker: Scovill Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, WaterburyPlace Used: Haiti

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


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Credit Line: Scovill, Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0296.1667Catalog Number: 1981.0296.1667Accession Number: 1981.0296

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: nickel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 cm; 13/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-10d9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1382701

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