In the first installment of a two-part article launched in the July
issue of Liberty
Seated Collectors Club's electronic newsletter,
The E-Gobrecht, numismatist Paul Kluth
examines a 19th century oak box that may have been used to transport
dies from the Philadelphia Mint.
The oak box, measuring roughly 18 inches long, 12 inches wide and 11
inches high, was acquired approximately 30 years ago by coin dealer Richard Gross, who specializes in early
numismatic Americana. Affixed to the outside of the box is a bronze
plate inscribed DESIGNED AND BUILT / AT / U.S. MINT / PHILADELPHIA.
Kluth writes it has been suggested also that the box "may have
been used to store cylindrical weights for the large and highly
engineered scales used to weigh gold and silver bullion upon receipt
and to weigh struck coin before delivery."
"This explanation could be very plausible given the fact that
the main Mint in Philadelphia and each Branch Mint / Assay Office
would use heavy, precision scales," Kluth writes.
In Kluth's Part II conclusion, published in the Summer 2015 issue of
the LSCC's print publication,
The Gobrecht Journal, the writer addresses
other possible uses for the box, for which no official Mint
documentation has yet been uncovered. Some other uses suggested
include shipment of bullion and/or struck coins or other materials
moving between Mint production facilities and Assay Offices.
Part I and access to earlier issues of The E-Gobrecht can be
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