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Half Cent

Hard Times (1833–1844)
Dies by Edward Hulseman (American, active 1833–1841), Struck by H.M. & E.I. Richards, Attleboro, Massachusetts (1834–1837), Or Scovill Manufacturing Co., Waterbury, Connecticut (1820–1905)

Mint: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

HT 73; Low 49; Breen 1631


Diameter and weight: 24 mm, 5.2 gm (15/16 in., 0.18 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Tokens and contorniates

OBV: HALF-CENT-WORTH-OF within laurel wreath; PURE COPPER around below; thirteen mullets around above etc; surrounded by beaded circle close to rim REV: US STANDARD WEIGHT and VALUE -1837 around eagle alighting, turning slightly to right, looking backwards; bearing on breast, six argent , six pales gules, chief azure, and grasping olive branch in dexter and three arrows in sinister talons; surrounded by beaded circle close to rim. 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