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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 14

PERKINS BUILDING QUERY: DID IT MINT OR JUST PRINT?

Regarding the Jacob Perkins building in Newburyport, MA, Dick Hanscom
writes: "Just a minor correction. It is not the Newburyport Historical
Society -  it is the Historical Society of Old Newbury (in Newburyport,
which used to be part of Newbury). Its building is the Cushing House
Museum.

And here's a question someone might be able to answer.  We know the
building was used as a workshop to print bank notes, but the local
press refers to it as a "Mint".  Is there anything to indicate that
this building ever served as a mint - that is, to strike coins or
medals.  I know Perkins engraved some of the dies for the Mass. coinage,
the Washington funeral medal and the "Born Virginia," but were they
actually struck there?"

[I was wondering that myself, but should know better than to assume
any local historical society can get numismatic details straight.
Can anyone help?  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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