Scott Barman writes:
I am looking for a reference about the Charlotte Mint and found one reference. Do you know anything about the book, "United States Branch Mint at Charlotte, North Carolina: Its History and Coinage" by Clair M. Birdsall?
Well, I have three Charlotte Mint books in my library (besides the Doug Winter book on the Charlotte coins). One is the Birdsall book, published in 1988. The others are:
Stautzenberger, Anthony J., The Establishment of the Charlotte Branch Mint: A Documented History, published in 1976
Wilkinson, Henrietta H., The Mint Museum of Art at Charlotte: A Brief History, 1973
I would recommend having all three - for me, one book is never enough. The Stautzenberger book, as the subtitles states, is a collection of original documents relating to the establishment of the Mint. The Wilkinson book is divided in two parts - the first covers the building and its use as a Mint; the second part covers the building's life as a museum. It's still there, and I should probably add this to my Numismatic Bucket List.
If I had to recommend just one of these, the Birdsall book is probably the best history for a numismatist; it also discusses the coins. Reader thoughts are welcome.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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