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Antique Temperance Hardship Token ~ NY Merchants & Traders Coins

  • $ 13000

Antique hard times Temperance trade coin. This antique copper trade coin was struck for traders and merchants along with their families to use in the Temperance establishment in N Safford Albany, NY. These trade or merchant tokens were struck to encourage solidarity regarding temperance and abstinence when away from home and as a result of the panic of 1837 but they had been struck from 1833 until 1843. Also known as hardship tokens this merchant is a rare example of an 1830's temperance house which was well established and widely improved by 1837.

Marked on front: Accommodations for Private Families, Merchants & Traders in General
Marked on back: Temperance House N Safford, 280 North Market St, Albany

A great addition to your antique religious or temperance collection or early holiday gift for the numismatist.


Coin measures 1" diameter and weighs less than 1oz.


In generally good condition considering age and use. The coin has has a small hole drilled in the top and the surface of the coin is worn in areas (please see all photographs as they form part of the listing description).


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