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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 54, December 31, 2000, Article 4


ANA Education Director Gail Baker writes:

"The U.S. Mint pops up in the most unlikely places! I recently purchased "Travels in Philadelphia" by Christopher Morley (David McKay Company, publishers) circa 1920. It has a happy little chapter titled "At The Mint." He talks about the operations and about producing coinage from other countries including Peru, Argentina and "a big order of the queer coins of Siam, which have a hole in the middle, like Chinese money." Interesting...

On another subject - Jacob Perkins. While touring the offices at the Franklin Institute, I came across an oil painting of Jacob Perkins. It is unlike the only other picture I have ever seen of him. Guess I should not have been so surprised to see his picture - but I was.

Dick Johnson recently wrote about a 3-part series of articles which ran in the weekly newspaper "Philadelphia Dispatch", January 23 and 30, 1853 and February 6, 1853, headlined "The Way Coins Are Made, A Rare Visit to The United States Mint" Where could one find this article? I would very much like a copy!"

Wayne Homren, Editor

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