US Hard Times Tokens

02- 1837 Mint Drop Bentonian Currency Token

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Mint Drop Token 1837 - "Bentonian Currency" was hard money as opposed to paper. The crash of 1837 and the Hard Times which followed were by no means solely due as the Wing leaders would have it believed--to the overthrow of their policy and the "mint drops" or hard money of Jackson and Van Buren: they were only the culmination of evils which had long been threatening disaster.

The Panic of 1837 resulted in hoarding of coins in circulation. The withdrawal of public funds from the banks led to a contraction of the currency and great changes in apparent values, which were the apparent causes of "Hard Times." To fill the need for small change in circulation, a wide variety of copper tokens appeared in 1837.

Source: Standard Catalog of United States Tokens by Russell Rulau