Eckfeldt Family Archives records centuries of U.S. Mint service by 'first family'

Historic documents, medals to be offered for sale
By , Coin World
Published : 10/24/14
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Descended from the “first family” of the U.S. Mint, Henry Howard Eckfeldt has been custodian since 1967 of the Eckfeldt Family Archives of coins, medals and documents reflecting four generations of service to the production of the nation’s coinage, beginning in the 18th century.

The Eckfeldt family’s legacy with the U.S. Mint began in the 1790s with John Jacob Eckfeldt, a contractor to both the Mint of North America and the first U.S. Mint.

Now, Henry Eckfeldt, a seventh generation descendant from John Jacob Eckfeldt, has consigned the archives for sale Oct. 30 to Nov. 9 as a single lot on eBay, through Tangible Investments.

Before the birth of the United States, the Eckfeldt family was at the center of the effort to create a coinage for the newly independent colonies.

From 1783, when John Jacob Eckfeldt, a leading tool and die manufacturer in Philadelphia, made the dies for coins struck by a contract minter for the government under the Articles of Confederation, the family maintained an archive of coins, medals and documents.

A retired civil engineer, Henry Howard Eckfeldt, now 76, has carried the collection with him each time work and residence took him to countries around the world.

Henry followed the pattern of his mining engineer father, who carried the collection with him on each of his work moves. When Henry’s father passed away in 1967, Henry retrieved the archives from the family home in Peru.

The archives have traveled in numerous countries and been on at least three continents.

Louis Palafoutas of Tangible Investments said the Eckfeldt lot is being offered with an undisclosed reserve. The eBay seller name is tangibleinv. 

As part of the sale, Tangible Investments is also offering 25 individual lots of 18th and 19th century United States coins struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

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