16th Congress.
No. 610
2d Session.


Communicated to the Senate, January 18, 1821.

Treasury Department, January 17, 1821.


In obedience to an 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 the 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 obedient servant,


The Hon. the President of the Senate.

Mint of the United States, January 13, 1821.


Agreeably to your general instructions, I have caused assays to be made of the several species of foreign silver coins still current by law in the United States.

As foreign gold coins have all ceased to be a legal currency, their annual assays, it is presumed, may be discontinued.

The assayer’s report is as follows:

No. 1. Made of three French crowns of different dates, oz. dwts.
No. 1. Made of three French crowns of different dates, 10 19
No. 2. Made of three five-franc pieces, 10 16
No. 3. Made of three Spanish dollars, 10 15½
From the above report it appears that the intrinsic value of French crowns is, per ounce,   Cents.
From the above report it appears that the intrinsic value of French crowns is, per ounce, 117873/891
Five-franc pieces, 116324/891
Spanish dollars, 11684/891

I have the honor to be, &c.


The Hon. Wm. H. Crawford, Secretary of the Treasury.