Highlights of the week of May 2 to 8 include New York City approving change notes, U.S. purchasing California Mint site, and Scott and Co. purchasing Confederate coinage and die.
Numismatic events this week include:
1750, British spy Maj. John André, commemorated on a medal commissioned by U.S. Comptroller John Jay Knox, born; 1792, U.S. government borrows $400,000 at 5 percent from Bank of the United States for the protection of the frontiers; 1854, site purchased for San Francisco Mint, according to A.B. Mullett, Treasury Department supervising architect; 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, who appears on Confederate $500 notes, wounded; 1952, Central States Numismatic Society and Ohio State Numismatic Society hold joint convention in Cincinnati.
1735, New Hampshire Royal Gov. Jonathan Belcher warns assembly of private notes being circulated by group of Portsmouth merchants; 1838, half dime dies arrive at New Orleans Mint; 1864, House Select Committee begins investigations of fraud and promiscuity at Treasury Department; 1920, U.S. Senate passes bill to coin a 2-cent piece with portrait of Theodore Roosevelt; 1946, Worcester County (Mass.) Numismatic Society organized.
1696, hammered silver coins in England are officially demonetized; 1944, Edward Gans sells to the American Numismatic Society President Herbert Ives’ collection; 1989, Paper Money of South Vietnam, 1955-1975 by Nguyen Van Phung copyrighted; 1999, White House ceremonies launch Sacagawea dollar program; 2004, Treasury approves New River Gorge West Virginia State quarter dollar design.
1783, United States pays A. Dubois $72 for “sinking, casehardening, etc., four Pair of Dies for the Public Mint”; 1879, Dr. B.F. Taylor sells original Confederate half dollar and Confederate States of America die to Scott and Co.; 1945, Wayte Raymond purchases Hillyer Ryder Collection; 1983, American Numismatic Association historian Jack Ogilvie dies.
1859, gold discovered near Central City, Colo.; 1867, Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch authorizes Bureau of Engraving and Printing to make 20,000 prints from counterfeit $100 national currency plate for use in Laban Heath’s counterfeit detection guide; 1878, Edward Cogan sells John Swan Randall Collection; 1934, Omaha (Neb.) Coin Club formed at the home of Nelson T. Thorson.
1806, Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris dies; 1849, James B. Longacre completes gold dollar dies; 1891, Bureau of the Mint presents widow of Treasury Secretary William Windom special medal; 1915, Chicago Numismatic Society holds its final meeting; 1960, Phil Silvers takes to television screen as the Silver Dollar Kid; 1980, last of 45 International Monetary Fund gold auctions held.
1792, Congress approves purchase of copper for coinage, outlaws private copper coinage; 1815, New York City Common Council approves additional issue of $20,000 in small change bills; 1820, National Botanic Garden feted on 1997 commemorative dollar established; 1878, coin designer Robert Aitken born.
My favorite is history of Confederate coinage. What’s yours?
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.