David Fanning forwarded the following information about his upcoming sale. -EditorThe catalogue for David F. Fanning Numismatic Literature.s first mail-bid sale is available. Hard copies will be sent to those on the firm.s mailing list this week: printer problems caused by a city-wide power outage a couple weeks ago delayed mailing. An unillustrated version of the sale can be downloaded at www.fanningbooks.com at this time. The sale closes on October 28.
The first of the sale.s nearly 800 lots is the Journal of the Senate, First Session of the Second Congress (1791-92), which is significant for including the full unamended text of .An Act Establishing a Mint, and Regulating the Coins of the United States.. This 1792 folio volume contains the entire Senate proceedings, including much of the discussion and debate from October 1791 leading up to the passage of the Mint Act.
A tall, fine copy, bound in modern half calf with shell marbled boards (well executed in contemporary style, with five raised bands and a red gilt spine label in the second resulting panel), it was felt that this foundational document was an appropriate way to begin the firm.s first sale.
The version of the Act printed in this volume retains the wording in Section X mandating the likeness of the president on U.S. coins. The bill was sent to the House for their approval, but they sent it back on March 26 with an amendment to this section, which the Senate initially refused. After the House adhered to its amendment, the Senate receded from its disagreement.
The bill was enrolled on March 28 and signed on March 30 by Vice-President John Adams, following the signing of the bill by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. On April 2, 1792, President Washington approved and signed the Act.
There are only three recorded 1792 printings of the .Act Establishing a Mint,. the other two being only the text of the Act itself, without the Congressional context leading up to and surrounding it. Only the present printing gives this important contextual information, allowing the reader to appreciate the Act.s full significance. This copy is in excellent condition, with an attractive binding that, while modern, is in contemporary style. Of unparalleled importance and quite rare.
To read the entire lot description, download the October 28 sale at www.fanningbooks.com.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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