Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing forwarded this press release for the highly anticipated new book from Mike Moran and Jeff Garrett.
Whitman Publishing announces the release of 1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold, by Michael F. Moran and Jeff Garrett. The
352-page hardcover book will be available in early March 2016 from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com),
for $49.95. It can also be borrowed for free as a benefit of membership in the American Numismatic Association, through the Dwight N. Manley
Award-winning researcher Michael Moran (author of Striking Change: The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore Roosevelt and
Augustus Saint-Gaudens), joined by gold-coin specialist Jeff Garrett, chronicles the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Mint in the
first half of the 19th century and the tremendous impact that the 1848 discovery of gold in California had upon that institution and the
nation as a whole. From early struggles for adequate facilities in Philadelphia to dramatic political debates waged in Washington, D.C.,
the remarkable evolution of the Mint and the country’s coins and medals has never before been explored in such detail.
“The 1848 arrival of Colonel Mason’s oyster-can full of California gold in Washington would change everything in the United States,”
Moran and Garrett write. “It would fuel a rapid industrialization across the Northern states with a supporting rail system. It would leave
few institutions untouched, least of all the United States Mint at Philadelphia, which would be shaken to its very foundation and only just
1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold includes hundreds of full-color images, some not seen in print for generations; an
engaging narrative that sheds new light and draws fresh new conclusions; rich details on the colorful personalities involved and their
interactions; and an inventory of the
Smithsonian’s gold holdings. Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker describes it as “a treasure for the coin collector, the gold investor,
and everyone interested in the fascinating history of the United States.” Numismatic historians Richard G. Kelly and Nancy Oliver call it
“a fascinating account of the trying period of the California Gold Rush and its effect on the United States. 1849: The Philadelphia
Mint Strikes Gold comes with our highest recommendation. We were genuinely impressed with the depth of the research . . . written in the
style of numismatic history at its best.”
1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold
By Michael F. Moran and Jeff Garrett;
foreword by Richard G. Kelly and Nancy Oliver
Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches
352 pages, full color
Retail $49.95 U.S.
For more information or to order, see:
1849: The Philadelphia Mint
Strikes Gold (www.whitman.com/store/Inventory/Detail/1849-The-Philadelphia-Mint-Strikes-Gold+0794842453)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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