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Hard Times Token: Coin: Van Boren Metalli currency.1837

Hard Times Token: Coin: Van Boren Metalli currency.1837
Title
Hard Times Token: Coin: Van Boren Metalli currency.1837
Date 
1837
Medium 
Copper
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Description 
Token; metal; very worn with dints and holes; depiction Andrew Jackson in military garb, emerging from the roof of a building with a sword and purse in hand, on the obverse, and a ship on the reverse; obverse "I TAKE THE / RESPONSIBLITY" reverse "VAN BURREN / METALLIC 1837 CURRENCY"
Object Number 
1614
Gallery Label 
The image of the sword and purse in Jackson's hands continued for some time after the Whigs had gained control of the government. The implication was that the country's liberties were threatened under the Van Burren administration, by a union of a sword and purse in the same hands.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group