The month of December

Mint confirms aluminum cents
Published : 11/23/11
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Numismatic events during the month of December include:

Week of Dec. 1 to 3

Dec. 1, 1837, a September 1838 Connecticut grand jury indictment finds firm of J.M.L. and W.H. Scovill had emitted 3 million spurious cents by this date.

Dec. 2, 1835, President Andrew Jackson advocates gold coinage in message to Congress.

Dec. 3, 1883, President Arthur calls on Congress to terminate Trade dollar.

Week of Dec. 4 to 10

Dec. 4, 1837, first gold deposit at Charlotte Mint received from Irwin and Wilms.

Dec. 5, 1864, Third Issue of fractional currency commences, according to U.S. Treasurer James Gilfillan.

Dec. 6, 1999, President Bill Clinton signs legislation authorizing Lewis and Clark commemorative silver dollar.

Dec. 7, 1973, U.S. Mint discloses tests being conducted with aluminum alloy cents; Treasury requests standby authority to coin aluminum cents.

Dec. 8, 1873, Senate confirms Henry R. Linderman as Mint director for the second time.

Week of Dec. 11 to 17

Dec. 11, 1976, nine-month-long exhibition of Louis E. Eliasberg Sr.’s complete collection of regular issue U.S. coins opens at Philadelphia Mint.

Dec. 12, 1782, Robert Morris reports to Congress on value of foreign coins to be received at Mint.

Dec. 13, 1869, U.S. Supreme Court holds that the federal government may tax circulating notes of state banks.

Dec. 15, 1977, Royal Canadian Mint strikes 16-millimeter 1-cent test tokens to study smaller-sized cent coinage.

Dec. 16, 1878, Edward Cogan auctions collection of James E. Root.

Dec. 17, 1863, Congress authorizes gold medal for Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victories in West.

Week of Dec. 18 to 24

Dec. 19, 1892, World’s Columbian Exposition officials receive first Columbian half dollar from Mint.

Dec. 20, 1958, President Eisenhower approves Lincoln Memorial design for cent reverse.

Dec. 21, 2004, Public Law 108-464 authorizes two Franklin Tercentenary silver dollars.

Dec. 23, 1913, Congress creates Federal Reserve, authorizes Federal Reserve Bank notes and Federal Reserve notes.

Week of Dec. 25 to 31

Dec. 25, 1862, G.L. Cornell issues 5-cent scrip “payable in a day or two or perhaps sooner.”

Dec. 26, 1921, coinage of Peace dollars commences at Philadelphia Mint.

Dec. 27, 1994, U.S. Mint “publishes” its Olympic coin designs for copyright purposes.

Dec. 29, 1864, Confederate Congress extends funding of notes from Jan. 1 to July 1, 1865; ironically, by the last date, the war was over.

Dec. 31, 1836, first Seated Liberty silver dollars are minted for circulation.

Fred Reed has been a collector and writer for many years. If you have additions or comments, you can reach him at or P.O. Box 118162, Carrollton, TX 75011-8162, and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

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