HT 1 - HT 20

HT 21 - HT 40

HT 41 - HT 60

HT 61 - HT 80

HT 81 - HT 100

HT 101 - HT 120

HT 121 - HT 140

HT 141 - HT 160

HT 161 - HT 180

HT 181 - HT 200

HT 201 - HT 220

HT 221 - HT 240

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HT 900 - HT 999

Great Collections


   HT 25       Low 12       MS 63 BN       R-1   

The Constitution. Copper. 1834. 28.6mm. Comes with upset and non-upset reverse.

Obv: Well struck in the lettering, which is unusual for this piece.

Rev: upset 180 degrees. Dark brown toning overall.

Ex. Richard Gross Collection.

   HT 25B       Low 12B       MS 62 BN       R-7   

A Plain System Void of Pomp. 1834. Copper. 30mm. Comes with upset and non-upset reverse. Details...

Well struck on a large 30mm planchet. A very rare token, it was missing from the John J. Ford collection.

Steve Hayden Mail Bid Sale #21, May 22, 2004, lot 611.

   HT 26       Low 13       AU 55       R-4   

William Seward. 1834. Brass. 27mm. Details...

Obv: Tarnished, as is common. A few dark spots.

Rev: Tarnished, as is common.

   HT 27       Low 14       XF-40       R-5   

William Seward. (1834). Brass. 28mm. Details...

Residue is not visible.

   HT 27A       Low 14A       UNC Details       R-5   

William Seward. (1834). Brass. Silver plated before striking. Details...

Obv: Silver plating only visible in recesses near bust and in lettering as is typical on this token.

Rev: Silvering around edges of eagle and in talons and branch.

Ex. Richard Gross Collection.

   HT 28       Low 15       MS 61       R-3   

William Seward. Brass. (1834). 27.1mm.

Nice light golden yellow in color with somewhat darker centers. Some planchet roughness but good sharpness and fully lustrous around the letters.

Rev: Sharp details on eagle.

The John J. Ford Collection, Part IV (Stack's, June 23, 2004, lot 56). Ex. F.C.C. Boyd Estate.

   HT 29A       Low 169A       AU 50       R-7   

William Seward. Brass. 27mm.

Rare mule of Low 15 Seward obverse and an unlisted reverse with periods after both FAITHFUL and FRIEND. The reverse of Low 15 had a period after Faithful while the Low 16 reverse has a period after Friend. Nicer strike than XF example in PCAC Nov 1999.

Steve Hayden Mail Bid Sale #20, October 18, 2003, Lot 652.

   HT 30       Low 16       MS 62       R-2   

Gulian Verplanck. (1834). Brass. 27.3mm. Reverse has period after FRIEND. Details...

A fully choice specimen were it not for an obverse stain at 3:00. Toned a handsome pale olive-gold with plenty of satiny underlying lustre.

Obv: Toning stain at 3:00.

Reverse has period after FRIEND.

Stack's April 14, 1999 sale lot 2024.

   HT 30C       Low 16 UNL       AU-58       R-9   

UNLISTED. Gulian Verplanck.

UNLISTED. Gulian Verplanck. (1834). Gilt plated. 28mm. Unlisted in gilt plated metal.

Steve Hayden Mail Bid Sale #20, October 18, 2003, Lot 600.

   HT 31       Low 17       AU 53 BN       R-3   

Illustrious Predecessor. 1837. Copper. 28.5mm. Details...

Even chocolotate brown toning overall.

Obv: Sharp in all details except the carapace of the turtle (which appears to be a Maryland Diamond Back Terrapin.)

Rev: Small carbon spot at 3:00.

Ex. Garret Collection Part II, Bowers & Ruddy Galleries, March 26 & 27, 1980, lot 1106.

   HT 32       Low 18       UNC 60       R-1   

Illustrious Predecessor. 1837. Copper. 29mm. The jackass and ground beneath, on this and the two varieties following, are longer than on the preceding; right ear points to right part of first L in ILLUSTRIOUS: left ear between and beyond the letters. Details...

Strike is average overall, lacking some detail on the high points of the turtle.

Obverse is red and brown, about 30% red.

Rev: A beautiful blend of irridescent tan and blue/green.

Ex. Richard Gross Collection.

   HT 33       Low 19       MS 63 BN       R-1   

Illustrious Predecessor. 1837. Copper. 28.5mm. Corner of safe opposite right part of X in EXECUTIVE; the perpendicular strap on end passes through the exact center of handle; rosettes are smaller and less leaf-like; the ground and grass are different.

Substantial mint red around devices.

Stack's June 23, 1992 sale lot 13.

   HT A33       MS 62       R-5   

ILLUSTRIOUS PREDECESSOR. 1837. Copper. 29.5mm. As 33, but borders are denticles, not beads. Donkey's ear does not touch I in IN.

Rev: About 10% off center.

   HT 34       Low 20       MS 65 BN       R-1   

Illustrious Predecessor. 1837. Copper. 28.8mm. As figure 31 with word FINANCIERING instead of EXPERIMENT. Proportions of safe are slightly different from preceding; the straps on end pass through handle a little left of its center. Details...

Well struck overall, iwth lots of detail.

Obv: Light complexion hints of mint red throughout.

Rev: Nice chocolate bown reflective surface

Ex. Richard Gross Collection.

   HT 34C       Low 20C       AU 50 BN       R-8   

Illustrious Predecessor. 1837. Copper. 28.7mm. Blank reverse as made. Details...

Uniface Hard Times Tokens are extremely rare, and it is unclear why a few select pieces were manufactured this way.

   HT 36       Low 22       XF-40       R-3   

Liberty - Not One Cent. 1837. Copper. 28mm. Smaller head, fifteen stars, two of them small, separated by date. Details...

Equivalent strike and conditionto the Rulau Sixth Edition plate coin. This particular issue is very scarce above VF.

Ex. Richard Gross Collection.

   HT 37       Low 23       XF 40 BN       R-4   

Liberty - Not One Cent. 1837. Copper. 28mm. NOT ONE CENT is higher in wreath, which has nine berries outside, four inside. Details...

Steve Hayden: "I only have records of seven higher grade examples in my database."

Steve Hayden Mail Bid Sale #21, May 22, 2004, lot 620.

   HT 38       Low 24       UNC 63       R-7   

Liberty - Not One Cent. Bushnell fantasy. 28mm. Copper. E PLURIBUS UNUM. Above head, chaplet of laurel leaves, plain hair cord. Thirteen stars, small 1937 lowest curl terminates right below neck, opposite the first star. Details...

A bit on the dark side, as usual. Struck on thick planchet, but with relatively smooth surfaces. Pedigreed by Donald Miller to the Hetrich Collection.

The Charles Litman Collection, PCAC sale #72, December 6, 2003, lot 31.
Ex. Donald Miller collection.
Ex. Hetrich collection.

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