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

Object Number: 
1614
Date: 
1837
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Copper token; obverse depicts Andrew Jackson in military garb, emerging from a chest with a sword and purse in hand, legend reads: "I TAKE THE / RESPONSIBLITY"; reverse shows a sailing ship, legend reads: "VAN BURREN / METALLIC 1837 CURRENCY".
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. A.F. Bleecker, 1930
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group