Communicated to the Senate, February 12, 1818.
Treasury Department, February 11, 1818.
In obedience to the act entitled “An act regulating the currency within the United States of the gold coins of Great Britain, France, Portugal, and Spain, and the crowns of France and five-franc pieces,” passed 29th of April, 1816, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report of the director of the mint, giving the result of sundry assays made in pursuance of instructions from this Department.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, sir, your most obedient servant,
WM. H. CRAWFORD.
The Hon. President of the Senate.
Mint of the United States, February 7, 1818.
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 20th ultimo, and, agreeably to your direction, have caused assays to be made of the several species of foreign gold and silver coins made current in the United States by an act of Congress passed the 29th of April, 1816. The result of the assayer’s report is as follows:
|5 pieces of British gold coins of various dates,||very nearly||QUALITY|
|5 pieces of British gold||coins of||various dates,||22||0|
|5 pieces of Portuguese||do.||do.||very nearly||22||0|
|5 pieces of French||do.||do.||21||23/8|
|5 pieces of Spanish||do.||do.||20||31/4|
|5 silver crowns of France,||do.||10||18||12|
|5 five-franc pieces of France,||do.||10||16||12|
From the above report it appears,
It may however, sir, be observed, that, from long experience by the assayer of the mint, it is found that the quality of foreign coins, especially of silver, is somewhat variant, as will appear by comparing the above report with that of the last year. Their respective values, therefore, as regulated by the laws of 1816, are probably as near their average intrinsic value as can well be ascertained.
I have the honor to be, sir, with very great respect, your most obedient servant
Hon. Wm. H. Crawford, Secretary of the Treasury.