Highlights of the week of Jan. 3 to 9 include French medals honoring U.S. baseball managers, arrest of a reputed Confederate note printer, and the OK of designs for American Eagle platinum bullion coins.
Events this week include:
1825, Senate confirms Samuel Moore as Mint director; 1874, Congress authorizes Mint to strike coins for foreign nations; 1900, Series 1896 $5 Educational note silver certificate proof sheet approved by Bureau of Engraving and Printing director; 1911, retrospective exhibit of U.S. paper currency designer Walter Shirlaw’s work opens at Art Institute of Chicago, which he helped found.
1790, First Presbyterian Church, Albany, N.Y., authorizes “church pennies”; 1822, Eagle Bank of New Haven, Conn., issues demand notes with engraved name of the payee J. Forbes; 1841, Committee of Investigation appointed by stockholders of the Bank of the United States issues report on bank’s condition; 1864, New York Times reports arrest of alleged Confederate note printer Winthrop E. Hilton; 1925, Chief Mint Engraver George Morgan dies.
1757, Philadelphian John Richardson casts Edward Duffield’s Kittanning award medal, America’s first military award medal; 1863, Senate bill to tax bank notes of state-chartered banks, federally chartered banks in the District of Columbia and all unchartered banks, introduced and referred to committee; 1895, Will Low’s sketch Peace and War for 1896 $2 note rejected by Treasury official Claude M. Johnson; 1925, French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to U.S. Major League Baseball managers Charlie Comiskey and John McGraw.
1814, Congress authorizes gold medal for Capt. Oliver Hazard Perry; 1882, Charles Barber and George Morgan complete dies for James A. Garfield Indian peace medal; 1960, introduction of modern Rex doubloon “throw” (medal) to observe Mardi Gras in New Orleans; 1997, Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin approves designs for American Eagle .9995 fine platinum bullion coins.
1782, Congress directs Robert Morris to report at what values foreign coins should be received into the Treasury; 1793, Mint Director David Rittenhouse issues warrant to David Ott for $24.17 “for assaying coins at the Mint and expenses”; 1839, last coinage of 1838 Seated Liberty dimes at New Orleans Mint; 1900, Fred Smillie completes engraving of Ta-to’-ka-in’-yan-ka of the Oncpapa tribe for currency.
1790, George Washington urges “uniformity in currency, weights and measures” at opening of Congress’ second session; 1930, Federal Reserve note circulation reported as $1.83 billion; 1965, Battle of New Orleans Sesquicentennial 5-cent stamp illustrates national medal for event; 1981, Stack’s sells Yale University Brasher doubloon to Floridian for $650,000.
1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton advocates assuming the states’ debts; 1804, Pittsburgh branch of Bank of Pennsylvania opens for business; 1891, Ed Frossard auction of Andrew C. Zabriskie gold collection begins; 1935, Treasury ceases printing $100,000 Series 1934 gold certificates for Federal Reserve interbank transactions; 1976, Nevada judge reverses himself, voids LaVere Redfield estate contract to sell silver dollar hoard.
Fred Reed has been a collector and writer for many years. If you have additions or comments, you can reach him at www.fredwritesright.com or P.O. Box 118162, Carrollton, TX 75011-8162 and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.