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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 38, September 11, 2011, Article 10

MORE ON TEMPORARY U.S. MINT FACILITIES

Regarding our discussion about mint buildings and coins struck outside of them, Pete Smith offers these thoughts. Thanks! -Editor

One location of a temporary Mint site is hard to pin down! It kept moving.

In commemoration of the Pennsylvania Bicentennial on October 24, 1882, The Mint gave out medals during a parade. Julian (Medals of the United States Mint The First Century 1792-1892) reported, "There was to be a wagon drawn by six horeses, carrying a steam press, from which newly struck medals would be thrown to the crowds."

First let me comment on those horeses. I'm not sure what those were in 1882, but I think of something I saw the last time I drove down Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.

I visualize something like a steam calliope with hissing clouds of vapor and levers moving up and down. I have never been sure if the medals were actually struck from the moving wagon or if they were prepared in advance. Perhaps Dick Johnson was there and can give us a report.

I collect medals struck by the Mint at temporary sites and listed as "So-Called-Dollars." I believe I have some from the Centennial Exposition, 1876 (HK 20-22): World's Industrial & Cotton Centennial Exposition, 1884-1885 (HK 142); World's Columbian Exposition, 1892-1893 (HK 154-155); Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, 1898 (HK 281-283); Pan-American Exposition, 1901 (HK 287-289); Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 (HK 299-304); Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition, 1907 (HK 344-347); Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909 (HK 353-356); Ohio Valley Exposition, 1910 (HK 393-395); Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915 (HK 399-401); Panama-California Exposition, 1915-1916 (HK 426-429); U. S. Sesquicentennial Exposition, 1926 (HK 451-454); and Century of Progress Exposition, 1933-1934 (HK 464). It is possible that additional medals were produced in Philadelphia and distributed at similar expositions.

To read the complete article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: SEPTEMBER 4, 2011; On Temporary U.S. Mint Facilities (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n37a20.html)

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICHOLAS BROWN,
DAVID CAMIRE, AND FRED WEINBERG!

Their book, 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins, won the Numismatic Literary Guild's 2011 "Extraordinary Merit" award. This is the seventh entry in Whitman's "100 Greatest" library of books. If you haven't ordered your copy yet, visit www.WhitmanBooks.com or call 1-800-546-2995. Coffee-table hardcover, 144 pages, $29.95.


Wayne Homren, Editor

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