Token: US Hard Times 1833 to 1843
In the early to mid 1800s, President Andrew Jackson and his VP, Martin Van Buren, ran into major economic downturns due to poor financial decision making. Private individuals started to issue copper coinage with political and commerce themes which are today known as Hard Times Tokens. They are avidly collected and various reference books are available, notably Rulau's Standard Catalog of United States Tokens.
A search on eBay produces hundreds of listings. Typical catalog values run like this:
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $350
There are many distinct (and interesting) designs and some are worth more than others. If you need detailed data, get Rulau's catalog at a bookstore or library.
, Genre: Tokens
Requested by: tbone, Sun, 13-Jan-2013 19:13:31 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 04-May-2013 13:01:00 GMT
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Requester description: 1841 obverse- Webster credit current 1841 sailing ship reverse- millions for defence not one cent for tribute
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