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  1. #1
    Pulltabs = Gold. Returned to owner 1946

    Apr 2005
    Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
    21 times

    1837 Hard Luck Token

    Hey Guys: Found this last Thursday, had posted on todays finds and got buried.

    Tokens of the period 1833 - 1844 are known as Hard Times Tokens, a name given them by Lyman H. Low in 1886 in his book of that title. "Hard Times" certainly resulted from the Panic of 1837, when specie payments were suspended, and many of these tokens have reference - often satirical - to the events of this period. But the term has now grown to encompass any token minted during this period, even if it is merely a store card, and is now simply a convenience for collectors. The majority of these tokens actually circulated as cents (and, in one instance, as a half cent), including the store cards. The pieces attacking President Jackson (portrayed as a wild boar or a jackass) are quite common in worn condition. The tokens of this period have been the subject of several books (the current standard reference is Hard Times Tokens by Russell Rulau, Second Edition) and bring the highest prices of any American tokens after the Colonial period; $6,000 was paid for a single token at the March 26-27, 1980 Garrett Sale, and many other tokens brought four-figure prices.

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  2. #2
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    267 times

    Re: 1837 Hard Luck Token

    How much do you think yours is worth? Cool find!
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  3. #3
    Pulltabs = Gold. Returned to owner 1946

    Apr 2005
    Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
    21 times

    Re: 1837 Hard Luck Token

    I found the same token on ebay for about $12.00. I guess it cant be that much

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Jul 2004
    South Florida Cesspool
    Tesoro Sand Shark, Whites M6
    9856 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: 1837 Hard Luck Token

    Nice find.I have a dozen or so HTT's myself.I'm starting a small collection.I didn't dig them all though,just the first one I got.Found in Savannah last summer,I thought it was a large cent,so I soaked it in olive oil for about 4 months and only then I was able to tell it was a HTT,listed as low#148.As for yours,there are many different pattern variations for the Liberty-not one cent design.From what I can see yours is listed as lows# 33.I may be wrong but I believe that i'm seeing all on your token.Once again nice unique find,don't see too many of these dug.Congrats.



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