If you like Hard Times Tokens, post one here! I'll start. Here is one of my favorites -- and my current avatar:
1838, HT-83, Beehive, Brass, R4+
POST YOUR HARD TIMES TOKENS!
I also posted this one on the counterstamps thread, but since Brunk assigns it to the Hard Times series I'll share it here too:
"A.G." counterstamped within a wide-toothed rectangular depression on a U.S. 1807 Large Cent, HT-A458, R9, Unique, Ex-Dr. Sol Taylor collection, Brunk plate coin. Brunk states this isn't a mark of a silversmith, pewterer, or gunsmith. The stamp remains unattributed but is assigned to the Hard Times era by Brunk.
This thread has been dormant for two months, so time to wake it up with a very special Hard Times Token!
William Rutter was in business in Boston, Mass from 1813-1863 in both a number of partnerships and alone. Rulau estimated that only about 22 pieces of this issue were struck. The example pictured below was one of the nicer ones accumulated by John J. Ford and is one of the better examples extant as so many of these are affected by problems. Enjoy.
(1831-35) William Rutter, HT-170, Copper, 29 mm, Rarity-7
These are very cool!
But where are the other HTT collectors? :(
Not well known is the die study done on these that appeared in TAMMS. Yours is a real beauty and it's ten time (approx.) rarer than most. The "8" in 1838 appears fully struck, if you've seen a lot of these you may have noticed the '8' as being very weak on most examples. I have a download of the article linked from my Website; www.Moneta-Coins.com (see bottom of my fully struck example write-up). Better yet, since it may be difficult to find in my on-line Moneta Museum - this direct dropbox link:
www.Moneta-Coins.com). Here's one of only four known, probably a trial strike or presentation variety with sun circle:I have a few, mostly abolitionist (anti-slavery) or more common varieties. Here's one that a bit confusing: It's listed as a HTT and was used as such, is definitely abolitionist but very controversial (in more ways than one) and it was also used by freed men in the unofficial/official colony of Liberia, the first republic in Africa! Quite historical and you can really get into collecting very rare varieties. See Low, Rulau and KM at well as my Moneta Museum (4 years ago