Spaniard Posted August 16, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted August 16, 2022 Here's a coin/token that I'd never heard of or seen before....A gift from @Finn235..Thanks Steve! Taken from Numista... 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. It was made in copper and gilt copper (HT-70A). This “hard times token” mocked President Andrew Jackson for his economic policies. The image on obverse expressed contemporary fears that it was dangerous that the executive could control both the army and the treasury. The reverse image is because Harvard gave him an honorary LL.D., he was then portrayed as a Jackass with an LL.D. on its side. “I take the responsibility” is what Jackson said when he put the Bank of the United States funds into 25 pet state banks. “The Constitution as I understand it” was his explanation of why he took the anti-federalist stance of putting the money into State banks. Roman firmness was a jibe of the day to describe him. The word VETO below the Jackass referred to his veto of the third bank of the United States. Hard Times Token 1837....Copper...29mm diameter. HT#70 Obverse..Andrew Jackson in full military regalia coming out of a money chest; holding saber in right hand, with money bag in left hand. · I TAKE THE · RESPONSIBILITY · above and below, separated by a flower. Letter H below box. Reverse..Democrat donkey (with LLD lettering on) standing left; above it "Roman Firmness" and below it "Veto". Other lettering around THE CONSTITUTION · AS I UNDERSTAND IT · A fun coin to read up on......Feel free to post your Hard Times Tokens. 10 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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