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OBV: HALF-CENT-WORTH-OF within laurel wreath; PURE COPPER around below; thirteen mullets around above etc; surrounded by beaded circle close to rim REV: US STANDARD WEIGHT and VALUE -1837 around eagle alighting, turning slightly to right, looking backwards; bearing on breast, six argent , six...

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Collected by Sidney A. Wien (1902-1962), Atlanta, Georgia, between the mid-1940's and 1962; by descent to his daughter, Claire W. Morse, in 1962; to the MFA in November 2004, gift of Claire W. and Richard P. Morse.

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The Sidney A. and Ellen M. Wien Collection—Given in their memory by Claire W. and Richard P. Morse

Hard Times (1833–1844), 1837


United States

Catalogue Raisonné

HT 73; Low 49; Breen 1631


Diameter and weight: 24 mm, 5.2 gm (15/16 in., 0.18 oz.)

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