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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 26, June 27, 2010, Article 13

CHARLOTTE BRANCH MINT INFORMATION IN THE 1913 MINT REPORT

Dave Ginsburg writes:

I am writing to slap you upside the head for using a secondary source when you had a primary source at your fingertips!

In last week's edition of The E-Sylum, you quoted a portion of page 147 of Anthony Stautzenberger's excellent book The Establishment of the Charlotte Branch Mint: A Documented History. As you (should) know, that portion of Mr. Stautzenberger's book was, in fact, extracted from the very nice history of the Charlotte Mint that appeared in the Mint Director's Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1913. If one would like to read the entire history, instead of an extract, it's available, through the good graces of Google Books, here: Annual report of the Director of the Mint .

Although Google Books certainly doesn't need me to toot their horn, it really is an excellent source of original 19th and early 20th century material (including the Annual Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, Comptroller of the Currency, Director of the Mint, etc.) in easy to search and store digitized form.

So, don't make me hurt you again - use an original source!

Ouch! I went to my shelf to grab the 1913 Mint report. I had 1912 and 1914, but no 1913. But the Google version is an acceptable substitute when it comes to research. Having searchable texts available is a wonderful shortcut for finding things even in one's own library. (For readers whose email client handles it) below is a frame scrolled to the corresponding passage in the 1913 Mint report. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: MORE ON THE VARIOUS U.S. MINT BUILDINGS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n25a12.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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