Conservation Showcase: 1837 Hard Times Token HT290

Posted on 2/1/2010

A recent example from our conservation laboratory.

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Tokens have historically had a bum rap in the history of numismatics. With their lower interest level and lower values than their standard coin counterparts, tokens were often second class citizens in many a numismatic collection. Interest in this fascinating aspect of American Numismatics is changing and many pieces are even finding their way into certified holders.

This hard times token dated 1837 was recently brought to NCS to remove decades of residue and the early signs of corrosion on the surface. Through careful conservation the active corrosion spots were reduced and stabilized and the overall residues were removed. A clear token full of detail was revealed. This coin was able to grade numerically with NGC following the conservation.

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