The month of November

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Published : 10/26/11
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Numismatic events during the month of November include:

Week of Nov. 1 to 5

Nov. 1, 1858, pioneer coin dealer Edward Cogan sells date set of large cents creating flurry of newspaper press coverage.

Nov. 2, 1835, U.S. purchases Charlotte Mint site for $1,500.

Nov. 3, 1860, James Ross Snowden issues his last Mint director’s report.

Nov. 4, 1862, angry mobs riot in Cincinnati over lack of postage currency.

Nov. 5, 1979, New England Rare Coin Partnership I offers $10 million in subscriptions in units of $500 each.

Week of Nov. 6 to 12

Nov. 6, 1963, first Series 1963 $1 Federal Reserve notes printed.

Nov. 7, 1885, Carson City Mint closed.

Nov. 8, 2005, IRS demands access to coin dealers’ anti-money laundering plans required under provisions of Patriot Act.

Nov. 9, 1871, Charles J. Whiting, 34 John St., in New York City, passes circulars to supply “perfectly executed counterfeit notes of the Bank of England at low rates.”

Nov. 10, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signs legislation authorizing half-ounce and 1-ounce American Arts Gold Medallions.

Nov. 12, 1936, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, commemorated on U.S. half dollar, opens to public use.

Week of Nov. 13 to 19

Nov. 15, 1753, Pennsylvania Gazette warns of great quantities of imported counterfeit English halfpence.

Nov. 17, 1863, Bangs & Co. Woodward Collection sale held.

Nov. 19, 1892, first ceremonial striking of 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition half dollar.

Week of Nov. 20 to 26

Nov. 20, 1933, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau orders Treasury Department news releases to be released only by himself or press contact.

Nov. 21, 1814, New York City Common Council approves additional issue of $25,000 in small change bills.

Nov. 22, 1963, Col. Grover Criswell Jr. announces opening of his Criswell’s Money Museum, St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.

Nov. 23, 1793, President Washington commissions Robert Scot as Mint engraver.

Nov. 24, 1900, William M. Meredith appointed director of Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Nov. 25, 1955, Kagin’s holds its 200th numismatic auction.

Nov. 26, 1867, Congress demands of President Andrew Johnson an accounting of all pardons he has conveyed to people accused of counterfeiting.

Week of Nov. 27 to 30

Nov. 27, 1913, U.S. coin designers James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin wed.

Nov. 28, 1950, British East Caribbean Territories introduce dollar-denominated currency.

Nov. 30, 1818, House of Representatives appoints special committee to report on the condition of the Bank of the United States.

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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