Back in 2011 we discussed an original record book from the United States Mint in San Francisco offered for sale on eBay. Roger Burdette wrote to me hoping to get in touch with the seller, but alas, too
much time has passed - I no longer have his email address and the eBay lot has been archived. But here's a reprint of that article. Roger and I would love to locate this volume and any like it with the hope of digitizing
them on the Newman Numismatic Portal. -Editor
William A. ("Bill") Shirley writes:
I thought your group might be interested to know that I just posted eBay item # 290548470584 which is a "Gold Delivery Book - Coiner" containing original handwritten records from
the San Francisco Mint during the July 1906 to June 1911 time period. Obviously, I'm trying to get a free plug in The E-Sylum. My auction is running to March 29, 2011.
Sure - this item is right up our alley. Thanks! -Editor
This is an original record book from the United States Mint in San Francisco ( the San Francisco Mint ). This book was thrown out or sold after the Mint closed years ago, along with the
minting equipment and other items. The book is bound in leather and cloth. It is marked, in gold lettering, on the spine " Gold Delivery Book - Coiner - Form No. 865 - U.S. Mint San Francisco - U.S. Government Bindery
The pages are designed to be able to be filled in with the number of the delivery, the number of drafts, the amount in dollars, the actual weight, the legal weight, the variation, and denomination of all coin deliveries
made to the superintendent.
The records in this book begin with July 26, 1906, and continue until June 22, 1911, on 45 pages (22 two-sided pages plus 1 one-sided page). Some pages appear to have been torn from the book, i.e., the records between
October 18, 1906, and August 13, 1907, are missing and page remnants remain. In addition, a two-sided page with data for September 17. 1910, to October 19, 1910, appears to be missing. Records for the Coiner's Delivery
of Gold on September 20, 1907, and October 6, 1907, are contained on two facing pages, well bound, but separated from the main 45 pages by approximately 41 (double-sided) pages after the bulk of the records. The information
seems to be presented by date of the month and details the number of half eagles, eagles, and double eagles delivered. The type of coin delivered (e.g., double eagle) is stamped with a rubber stamp.
To visit the eBay auction, see:
U.S. MINT SAN FRANCISCO GOLD DELIVERY BOOK - COINER
To read the original article, see:
SAN FRANCISCO MINT GOLD DELIVERY BOOK OFFERED (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n13a09.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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