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 Posted 11/21/2012  12:03 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Just won this as part of a job lot:






I'm always surprised to find one of these in the UK, and I'd be interested in anything you can tell me.
Thanks,
Bob

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 Posted 11/21/2012  12:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
http://tokencatalog.com/token_recor...ord_offset=0
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 Posted 11/22/2012  1:20 pm  Show Profile Check mmorgan22's eCrater Listings Bookmark this reply Add mmorgan22 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Their are a couple of different varieties. I don't have my guide with me. Here is another one http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/...PIC_ID=93784.
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11/22/2012 1:23 pm
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 Posted 11/23/2012  7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philadelphian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Apparently your political Hard Times token was sufficiently well-known at the time that the the John J. Adams Co. of Taunton, Massachusetts saw fit to steal the design for their merchants' Hard Times token, hawking boar bristle brushes! The "My Third Heat" on the boar's flank was replaced with "Cash For Brushes." Our own vermontensium sold me a copy of this token at the ANA show in Philadelphia. This isn't a pic of it, though; mine was too corroded even to identify for a while.

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11/23/2012 7:40 pm
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 Posted 12/02/2012  07:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blackjack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's something rebellious and wildly creative about these tokens. Someday I will collect them. I've been thinking about them for years.
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 Posted 01/07/2013  12:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dave H to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's some info about the token...

1834 "Running Boar" Hard Times Token
Political discourse in the early 19th century was far more vitriolic than we have today for which this coin owes its origins. The huge fight between Jackson's Democratic party vs. the Federalists resulted in coins such as this one and in fact formed the root of the Republican party!
Few presidential vetoes have caused as much controversy as the one Andrew Jackson sent to Congress on July 10, 1832. The veto of the bill to re-charter the United States Bank was the prelude to a conflict over fiscal policy that continued through Jackson's second term and climaxed during the mid-term elections of 1834. The controversy created the background for the issuance of clothing buttons, ribbons and a great many tokens by the Whig opposition. The first tokens appeared in city elections in New York, then later in state and congressional elections and represent some of the first examples of dirty politicking in America.
J. Doyle DeWitt, in American Political Badges and Medals, writes: "Many of the political tokens...bore coarse and critical allusions to Jackson through the device of a , a hog and legends which continually repeated the word MY." (The Whigs accused Jackson of seeking dictatorial power by taking personal control of government assets.)
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 Posted 01/08/2013  09:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add alganbagerap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for that Dave H. Funnily enough I'd just picked this out to look at 20 minutes before reading your post.
Now I can update the log
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