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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 13, March 29, 2020, Article 9

JOIN NATIONAL ARCHIVES TRANSCRIPTION INITIATIVE

Roger Burdette invites volunteers to transcribe National Archives documents related to numismatics. Where possible, transcribers will be paired with documents relating to their particular collecting interest. -Editor

U.S. Mint medal fund account book for Washington Before Boston medals
Extract from U.S. Mint medal fund account book recording sales of Washington Before Boston medals, Record Group 104, Entry 107.

The present "virus vacation" offers some free time for several (5 – possibly more) numismatists to transcribe old US Mint documents.

Numismatists currently have little knowledge about the content of most U.S. Mint archive documents. Transcribing handwritten or poorly typed documents it often the only way the content of these materials can be unlocked for use by modern researchers. These will eventually be added to the database maintained by the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) at Washington University in St. Louis.

The process is very simple. Transcribers will be sent small groups of documents in PDF format. Read each document and type the text into standard English using MS-Word or a similar word processing program. Follow the instructions for page size, formatting and file naming. When finished, email the completed transcriptions to me and request another batch whenever you're ready for more.

All transcriptions are converted into anonymous documents, then attached to the original archive image.

Here's a typical example - a great letter from Franklin Peale to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury. -Editor

Franklin Peale letter to Levi Woodbury pattern billion and 2-cent_Page_1 To the Honorable Levi Woodbury
Secretary of the Treasury

Sir

I have the honor to transmit to you, several pieces of the Billon or low quality silver coin, executed in conformity to directions received from R. M. Patterson Director of the Mint of the United States. Viz:

No 1. Two cent pieces, containing 100 parts silver & 900 parts copper in the 1000. Whitened by being heated to redness and thrown into dilute Sulphuric [sic] acid in the usual manner.

No 2. The same, treated in like manner, but slightly rubbed previous to being struck.

No 3. Pieces struck by the same dies, but made of copper alone.

I have the honor to be most respectfully
Your obedient Servant,

Franklin Peale
Melter & Refiner Mint of the United States

To get started and receive a trial set of documents, send your name and email address to me at whomren@gmail.com. I will forward your information to Roger and he will handle everything from there. Thanks! This is a great project that will benefit the hobby for generations to come. -Editor

Link to National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) material on Newman Portal:
https://nnp.wustl.edu/Library/Archives?searchLetter=U

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