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Merchants Exchange (Not One Cent reverse), New York

Hard Times (1833–1844)
about 1837

Mint: United States

Catalogue Raisonné

HT 291; Low 95


Diameter and weight: 28.5 mm, 8.9 gm (1 1/8 in., 0.31 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Tokens and contorniates

Obv: MERCHANTS EXCHANGE WALL ST. N. YORK around an image of the building, BUILT 1827 / BURNT 1835 in exergue, the whole surrounded by beaded circle
Rev: MILLIONS FOR DEFENCE around a laurel wreath enclosing NOT / ONE / CENT / (dash) / FOR TRIBUTE (curved), the whole surrounded by beaded circle (the wreath has six berries on the inside and four on the outside)
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