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The Hard Times Token Storecard of Crocker Brothers, the US Mint's Source for Large Cent Planchets

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From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection. Earlier, from George Fuld on August 8, 1955. Removed from an NGC AU-58 holder, though the slab label accompanies this piece.

Details

(1832) Crocker Brothers, Taunton, Massachusetts token. Low-234, HT-182. Rarity-3. About Uncirculated. Glossy medium brown with excellent eye appeal for this somewhat crudely produced issue. A bit of natural granularity is seen around the peripheries, inherent in the planchet. The strike is bold, a little off-center to 12:00 on the reverse, and the surfaces are free of any but the most trivial marks. A little bit of old surface dirt is seen on the obverse, more a hallmark of originality than a detriment: this sat in the same paper envelope from 1955 until 2013.

While Hard Times storecards are often of interest to large cent collectors, this one should top that list. Crocker Brothers was the first American source of planchets for large cents and half cents (beginning in 1832 according to Bob Julian, 1833 according to Dick Doty), and the sole source after 1838. This token actually depicts a Crocker Brothers employee in long work gloves operating a sheet metal rolling mill, just the kind of machine that would have allowed them to roll copper ingots into sheet for use on large cent planchets. 

Ironically enough, this variety tends to come with serious planchet flaws, which makes it somewhat lacking as an advertising piece. High grade ones are tough to find, despite this being catalogued as just Rarity-3. The Dice-Hicks specimen was very nice, though perhaps not this glossy and sharp. Graded EF/AU, it realized $748 in 2008. If ever there was a Hard Times token to make a nice association piece with a collection of US Mint early copper, this is it.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14024

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Description

Details

(1832) Crocker Brothers, Taunton, Massachusetts token. Low-234, HT-182. Rarity-3. About Uncirculated. Glossy medium brown with excellent eye appeal for this somewhat crudely produced issue. A bit of natural granularity is seen around the peripheries, inherent in the planchet. The strike is bold, a little off-center to 12:00 on the reverse, and the surfaces are free of any but the most trivial marks. A little bit of old surface dirt is seen on the obverse, more a hallmark of originality than a detriment: this sat in the same paper envelope from 1955 until 2013.

While Hard Times storecards are often of interest to large cent collectors, this one should top that list. Crocker Brothers was the first American source of planchets for large cents and half cents (beginning in 1832 according to Bob Julian, 1833 according to Dick Doty), and the sole source after 1838. This token actually depicts a Crocker Brothers employee in long work gloves operating a sheet metal rolling mill, just the kind of machine that would have allowed them to roll copper ingots into sheet for use on large cent planchets. 

Ironically enough, this variety tends to come with serious planchet flaws, which makes it somewhat lacking as an advertising piece. High grade ones are tough to find, despite this being catalogued as just Rarity-3. The Dice-Hicks specimen was very nice, though perhaps not this glossy and sharp. Graded EF/AU, it realized $748 in 2008. If ever there was a Hard Times token to make a nice association piece with a collection of US Mint early copper, this is it.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 14024

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