Kerry Rodgers of New Zealand writes:
From way down in the Deep South, Greg Lambousy of the Louisiana State Museum informs me that The Center for Louisiana Studies is working on republishing an 1897 guide to the New Orleans Mint entitled, How Money is Coined. The Museum has the only complete copy of which they are aware.
Greg has written an introduction for the reprint that is expected to come out in early February. He is unsure how much it will sell for but suggests those wanting a copy keep an eye on the Center's website: http://cls.louisiana.edu/
Many thanks for passing on the word. The pamphlet is indeed rare - I've never seen one. Knowing that Dave Ginsburg has been researching the New Orleans Mint, I asked him if he was familiar with it. His comments are below. -Editor I first became aware of this pamphlet when I noticed that Greg Lambousy credited it as a source for the chapter on the history of the New Orleans Mint that he wrote for Doug Winter's Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909. (You can read Greg's chapter on Google Books at this address )
My attention was next drawn by the article in the November 10, 2008 issue of Coin World that announced that the Center for Louisiana Studies would be republishing the pamphlet. The article contained a comment from Greg that its photographs were the most valuable part of the pamphlet, which suggested to me that it was the source of the five photographs in his chapter.
I also feel strangely compelled to mention that the picture of the two mint workers that is on the lower half of page 16 of Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint appears to be only a portion of the full image which, I believe, is used to illustrate the article by R.W. Julian ("Dimes First to Flow in New Orleans") that was published in the September 1968 issue of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine. Unfortunately, there's no credit given for the four photographs that accompany Mr. Julian's article.
I'm really looking forward to the re-publication of this pamphlet now that I've started researching the post-Civil War activities of the New Orleans Mint. I've found a couple of reports from Mint officials that suggest that the New Orleans Mint used the same four coin presses for its entire life, so I'm hoping for some good pictures of them in the pamphlet.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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