I Take the Responsibility Hard Times Token

I Take the Responsibility Hard Times Token

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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.
Obverse: Andrew Jackson popping out of a chest holding a money bag and a sword. Legend: I TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY.
Reverse: Donkey with label “LLD.” Legend: THE CONSTITUTION AS I UNDERSTAND IT, ROMAN FIRMNESS and VETO.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal, political
date made
1834
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.9 cm; 1 1/8 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1140
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1140
Credit Line
Scovill, Inc.
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Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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