Illustrious Predecessor, Hard Times Token, United States, 1837

Illustrious Predecessor, Hard Times Token, United States, 1837

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One (1) Illustrious Predecessor hard times token
United States, 1837
Obverse Image: Running donkey.
Obverse Text: I FOLLOW IN THE / STEPS / OF MY / ILLUSTRIOUS PREDECESSOR
Reverse Image: Turtle carrying a safe on its back.
Reverse Text: EXECUTIVE / FINANCIERING / SUB TREASURY / 1837 / FISCAL AGENT
Description
During the 1830s and the early 1840s, the U.S. faced economic decline and a shortage of coins. Copper tokens, called hard-times tokens, were issued privately and used as money. Some contain satirical images, such as a tortoise carrying a safe with the word “Treasury” on it.
Object Name
token
date made
1837
associated date
1837
place made
United States
associated place
United States
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall:.2 cm x 2.85 cm; 3/32 in x 1 1/8 in
ID Number
NU.71.321.1
catalog number
71.321.1
accession number
297935
Credit Line
Mendel L. Peterson
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Exhibition
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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