17th Congress.
No. 655
2d Session.


Communicated to the Senate December 24, 1822.

Treasury Department, December 23, 1822.

Sir: In pursuance of the act entitled “An act regulating the currency within the United States of the gold coins of Great Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal, and the crowns of France, and fivefranc pieces,” passed the 29th day 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 Honorable the President of the Senate of the United States.

United States Mint, December 18, 1822.

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

The assayer’s report is as follows:

 made of equal parts of 5 crowns of France  oz. dwt. gr.  fine in 12 ounces.
No. 1,  made of equal parts of 5 crowns of France 10 18 6  fine in 12 ounces.
No. 2 do of 5 five franc pieces 10 16 6 do
No. 3 do of 5 Spanish dollars 10 16 0 do

The above assays were made from coins of the latest dates that could be procured, and corresponding so nearly in quality with those assayed on former occasions, it may be safely presumed that no alterations have taken place in the quality of these coins. From the above assay, their value, per ounce, in money of the United States, will be as follows:

French crowns 117.57 cents.
Five franc pieces   116.49
Spanish dollars 116.36

I have the honor to be, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,


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