Regarding the San Francisco Mint ledger discussed last week, Ron Lerch writes:
I would worry greatly about having or offering this ledger.
The government is currently operating with a right of replevin (reclaiming ownership) of any previously owned document, ledger, etc., regardless of the manner in which it was disposed.
This applies on the state and federal level. It has already resulted in a number of items in California being reclaimed by the state after having been discarded at one time. It is causing great consternation among the dealers and collectors of historic Americana.
I was concerned about this myself, frankly. I have collected numismatic literature for years, and have never seen an item like this "in the wild." I assumed all of such books that still existed were in the National Archives or other government repositories. I'm actually surprised I didn't get more comments on this. It sold on eBay for a mere $597. Who bought it?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SAN FRANCISCO MINT GOLD DELIVERY BOOK OFFERED
Wayne Homren, Editor
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