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Daniel Webster (Van Buren reverse)

Hard Times (1833–1844)

Mint: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

HT 20; Low 62


Diameter and weight: 28 mm, 10.6 gm (1 1/8 in., 0.37 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Tokens and contorniates

Obv: WEBSTER / *CREDIT 1841 CURRENCY*, separated by mullet at each end, around three masted ship in full sail upon waves directed to sinister, bearing pennants on fore-and mizzen-masts and “Stars and Stripes” at stern, directed forewards; CONSTITIUTION upon ship; surrounded by beaded circle, square cut within rim.
Rev: VAN BUREN / *METALLIC 1837 CURRENCY* around wrecked ship, with three broken masts and broken bowspirit with lightning between, upon wave, running forepart upon rocks to dexter; surrounded by beaded circle unattached to rim; EXPERIMENT upon ship.
Edge plain.


Collected by Sidney A. Wien (1902-1962), Atlanta, Georgia, between the mid-1940's and 1962; by descent to his daughter, Claire W. Morse, in 1962; to the MFA in November 2004, gift of Claire W. and Richard P. Morse.

Credit Line

The Sidney A. and Ellen M. Wien Collection—Given in their memory by Claire W. and Richard P. Morse