Author Archive | David Ginsburg

Comments on New Orleans’ civil war coinage from the 1887 Annual Report of the Director of the Mint

The Annual Report of the Director of the Mint normally included details that year’s coin production. However, the 1887 Annual Report included, for the first time, a table showing the mintage by denomination and mint, for each year from 1792. The Report stated that “[t]his valuable table, which has been compiled with no little care and […]

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The Post-Civil War operations of the New Orleans Mint

The operations of the New Orleans Mint, unlike the other US Mints, clearly fall into two periods: the Antebellum Period (from 1838 to early 1861), when the New Orleans Mint operated in a thriving city that exported the products of the Mississippi River valley and, the Post-Civil War Period (from 1878 to 1909), when New Orleans […]

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Antebellum gold deposits at the New Orleans Mint

Gold was first discovered in North Carolina in 1799, but it was five years before anyone made the arduous journey to deposit some at the Philadelphia Mint so that it could be turned into coins. A total of about $11,000 was deposited in 1804, but thereafter, deposits averaged only $2,500 annually until 1824, which marked […]

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