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16 Aug 2019

The New Orleans Mint Part I

| Larry Smith

In the mid 1830s, President Andrew Jackson felt a need for mints in other locations besides Philadelphia. 3 branches were proposed:Charlotte, Dolenada, and New Orleans. New orleans was a large port where foreign silver deliveries commonly came in. The act became official on March 3, 1835. Mint Director Samuel Moore chose John Mitchel and Benjamin F. Fox for the construction contract. William Strickland designed the new mint. He had also designed the second Philadelphia Mint. David Bradford was appointed superintendent of the new mint in March of 1837. In January of 1838, Robert Maskell, the mint director reported: "The machinery of the New Orleans Mint was executed, and the steam engine set in action in may last; and there would have been no difficulty in putting the mint in full operation, but for the apprehensions from the climate. Two of the officers and all of the workmen were from the middle states, and unacclimated; and I was advised by the resident officers that they would incur great risk in going to New Orleans in the warm season…. They are now, however, all at their stations, and making every exertion to commence the operations of the Mint at an early day.”


The mint got its first delivery of bullion on March 8th and started making coins soon after. By the end of 1838, 406,034 dimes and 70,000 Half Dimes were minted. New Orleans was the fourth largest city by 1940. It was a major port for the country. More to come soon!!


Source: A Guide book of the United States Mint By: Q. David Bowers

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

Great job. Well written and a bibliography. Can't ask for anything more except more blogs. Thanks.

Thanks for your research , and the bibliography

"SUN"

Level 5

The New Orleans Mint has a interesting history.

Mike B

Level 6

Thanks Mokie you took my thunder. Y?oh say it better any way. However the Philadelphia mint was my favorite opened in 1792.

Just Mokie

Level 5

Not only were they proposed but they all became branch mints, Charlotte and Dahlonega only produced Gold Coins from locally sourced metal. New Orleans never produced any Bronze coins, they are all now defunct leaving us with Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point.

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