Philadelphia: Jas. B. Rodgers, 1866. 8vo, original printed pink paper covers. 40 pages. Folded for mailing; covers reattached with archival mending tissue. Very good or better. Item #6570
Submitted to Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch by Mint Director James Pollock, and dated September 18, 1866, this report, on the activities of the first full year following the conclusion of the Civil War, makes for interesting reading. The reports on the various mints include the following nuggets: “The Branch Mint at Denver, Colorado Territory, has been engaged in melting, assaying and stamping gold bullion... I cannot too earnestly urge upon the Government the importance of erecting a new Mint building at San Francisco... As the Branch Mints at New Orleans, La., Charlotte, N.C., and Dahlonega, Ga., have not been re-opened since the termination of the rebellion, we have no report to make concerning them... My views on the subject of Assay Offices and the impolicy of multiplying Branch Mints, have been often expressed in previous reports, and to these you are respectfully referred.” Rare: we have not handled a copy of this report in over thirty years.