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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 37, September 10, 2006, Article 2

NEW BOOK: RUSTY GOE ON JAMES CRAWFORD OF THE CARSON CITY MINT

An ad appearing in the September 12 issue of Numismatic News (p16)
announces Rusty Goe's upcoming book, "James Crawford - Master of
the Mint at Carson City: A Short Life."

Marie Goe writes: "As you know, Rusty is passionate about the Carson
City Mint and the rich history associated with it.  He felt that so
many of the key people involved at the Mint, during the years while
it was operating, seemed obscured in history.  During the years Rusty
was researching "The Mint on Carson Street" he was struck by the lack
of information available on those men (and women).  He was determined
to learn about these historic figures and to put a human face on them.

Unlike the well-documented history of the Civil War, few records were
kept concerning the Carson City Mint, and there are practically no
journals or diaries from anyone who worked there.  Rusty has dug deep
into old territorial newspaper archives and Carson City Mint records
to weave the threads of history together and bring James Crawford's
story and times back to life.

To the citizens of Carson City in the 1870s and 1880s, James Crawford
was a beloved hero who fought tirelessly to keep the Carson City Mint
open against powerful political enemies who sought to close it from
its inception. Rusty knew Crawford's story needed to be told: it was
important to record this great history for future generations and not
let it be lost in time.

Rusty has been writing furiously, already expanded well beyond his
original goal of 300 pages (probably closer to 500 now).  We are
shooting for the book to be ready for delivery in early 2007.
Following are a few more facts:

. Biography of the fourth Superintendent of the Carson City
 Mint (From 1874-1885).
. Traces Crawford's life from his birth in Kentucky; to his
 formative years in Illinois; to his prospecting years in
 California's Gold Rush Country; to his early years in
 Nevada's Lyon County; culminating in his tenure at the
 Carson City Mint.
. Provides a panoramic view of the sweeping history of
 Nevada's connection to California's Gold Rush era; with an
 in depth look into life in the Silver State's northwestern
 region from 1863 to 1885.
. Filled with never before presented facts about James
 Crawford and the Carson City Mint, linked with stories
 about some of Nevada's most prominent historical figures
 and many contemporary events occurring in the United
 States.
. Hundreds of references to coins struck at the Carson City
 Mint.
. More than 400 pages, including images throughout (some
 published for the first time).
. If you are interested in the Carson City Mint and its many
 fascinating coins, you will love this book.
. Also, anyone interested in the history of Nevada, or in the
 history of the United States in general, will greatly enjoy
 this prodigious volume.
. Due out in hardback in early 2007.

[We'll hear more from Rusty and Marie as the book nears production.
I'm already looking forward getting a copy.  The Goes can be
reached at Southgate Coins, 5032 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV
89502, Phone 775-322-4455, www.southgatecoins.com.

It's wonderful to be able to learn more about these key figures
in our nation's coinage history.  Another book I would recommend
to those interested in early mint personnel is "Sentiments and
Aspirations of a 19th Century Tradesman" by Nancy Y. Oliver and
Richard C. Kelly.  The book goes into great detail on the life of
J. B. Harmstead, the "Mysterious Coiner of the San Francisco Mint."
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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