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10 Feb 2021

1849: The Philly. Mint Strikes Gold- A Review

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Well, this isn't going to be the 5-line book review done 4 times a week to crank money. This will be a review. And yes. I have actually read part of the book. So, I hereby present Jeff Garett and Michael Moran's masterpiece...

1849: The Philly Mint Strikes Gold

And no, before anyone asks, I don't have the patience to crank out the word "Philadelphia" 90 times.

The book is a piece of prose, unlike many of the other 50-dollar behemoths Whitman Publishing comes out with every year. This is a story with a tad bit of reference in the back. The story begins in the 1790's, as it discusses the early history of the US Mint, including a detail-by-detail fight on one house bill between Congress and the US Mint.

The book is written in third person, so you can see the viewpoints of each person and main character that helped build the US Mint. To make this seem as realistic as possible, there is an awfully think bibliography in the back of the book.

The book then continues on to the Kneass/Gobrecht/Longacre era, and that is where we reach the gold era. The gold section starts with a chapter "Sherman's Gold" which is taken from Sherman's Auto bio (Which I have read the gold chapter-I almost feel asleep). They then recall the evolution of coinage at Philly's mint, recalling the dispute in gold prices, and other topics of cost.

The book concludes on January 25th, 1861. In that chapter, David Ullmann recalls the death of Senator Henry Clay, who had an influencing role on gold being struck in Philly. The section , like the others, is done in great detail. David was in charge in striking a medal to honor of Henry Clay, for his service to the nation (like many politician's celebration dinners today). The medal took a long journey from the P Mint, to Henry Clay, to some bandit, and back into Henry Clay, and so forth. It is a great conclusion to an amazing piece of prose.

In the back is my personal favorite section of the book. A guide of Double Eagles from 1849 to 1866 in the Smithsonian Numismatic Collection, with high quality pictures and whatnot. It satisfies the lack of reference guides that can be found in the other Whitman coin books. Also, for each coin, is hoard information that can be used for seeing where those coins traveled- for example, some coins are listed as being on the SS Central America, a famous ship that is shipwrecked off of the coast of North Carolina that is known for yielding numismatic treasures.

Overall, the book is great for those who love a great story of trials and tribulations. I personally like it, even though I like more of the general interest-reference-price guides better.

What do you think?- let me know below.

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She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before
She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before



Level 5

I likely won't get this book because I can't afford gold coins, but still very interesting to hear about it. Thanks for sharing!


Level 6

Thanks for a great book review! I might have to pick up a copy. ; ) Oh yeah... "Flash Dance"...great movie!


Level 5

Sounds like a good book to read. Thanks

It's Mokie

Level 6

Nice job, may try and pick that one up on the cheap.


Level 6

Flash Dance movie theme song. Great movie.. Very nice, concise report. I like it. Well done. Thanks.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Refreshing! An excellent book review. Its helpful and made me interested in reading it. Thank you!


Level 5

Sounds like a must have for a complete library. My spousal unit found a limited edition signed framed album with release promo from the Album/movie release at an estate sale. It's in mint condition, and from the asking price they didn't have a clue as to its value. Yup, great blog and great movie/song. Later!


Level 5

I just bought this book and donated it to the coin club library. Our library is really looking great. I am the 1st honorary librarian. Nice book to read. Thanks for posting.


Level 5

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the blog!


Level 5

Sembello - Maniac! Good song too! And thanks for the review, this sounds like a book i'd be very interested in. Ill let you know when I finish reading it.

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