27th Congress,
2d Session.
[Senate]
[87]

MESSAGE
from
The President of the United States,

Communicating a Report from the Director of the Mint, showing the operations of that institution for the year 1841.

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February 2, 1842.

Read, and ordered to be printed.
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To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit, herewith, to the Senate, a report from the Director of the Mint, showing the operations of the institution for the year 1841.

JOHN TYLER.

Washington, January 16, 1842.

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Mint of the United States,      
January 19, 1842.

Sir: In compliance with the law requiring from me an annual report of the operations of the Mint, and its branches, I have now the honor to submit to you the following statement:

The coinage executed at the Mint, in 1841, amounted to $1,304,199, comprising $710,475 in gold, $577,750 in silver, and $15,974 in copper coins, and composed of 5,051,831 pieces. (Statement A.)

The deposites of gold within the year amounted to $715,173, and those of silver to $562,446. Of the gold, $248,478 was derived from the mines of the United States; and, for the first time, deposites of silver have also been received from the same source. The ore is an argentiferous carbonate of lead, found in Davidson county, North Carolina, and the proprietors of the mine seem confident that it will be largely productive. (Statements B and C.)

The public funds in our vaults amount at present to but $104,960 94; $284,237 31 having been withdrawn during the year, on Treasury drafts. Were it not that the deposites of bullion are much less than in former years, this sum would be quite inadequate to secure the very desirable object of a prompt return to depositors in coins.

At the New Orleans branch mint, the coinage in 1841 amounted to $640,200, comprising $85,200 in gold, and 555,000 in silver coin, and composed of 3,693,730 pieces, of which 2,822,500 were dimes and half-dimes. (Statement D.)

The deposites for coinage amounted to $58,767 in gold, and $535,775 in silver. (Statement E.)

The branch mint at Charlotte received during the year, deposites of gold to the value of $132,588, and its coinage amounted to $133,037½, composed of 21,467 half-eagles, and 10,281 quarter-eagles. (Statements D and E.)

The branch mint at Dahlonega received deposites of gold to the value of $161,974, and coined 30,495 half-eagles, and 4,164 quarter-eagles, amounting together to $162,885. (Statements D and E.)

The principal Mint and its branches have been all in good condition throughout the year, and there has been no unusual interruption in their operations; but, in consequence of the small supply of bullion, they have been only partially employed, so that the amount of work done by them has fallen far below what they are able to execute. The whole coinage of all the mints was less than two and a quarter millions, while the Philadelphia mint alone is capable of coining twelve millions, and, in 1836, did actually coin more than seven and three quarters.

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

R.M. PATTERSON,
Director of the Mint.

To the President of the United States.

A.

Statement of the coinage at the Mint of the United States, Philadelphia, in the year 1837.

Denominations. Pieces. Whole No.
of pieces.
Value. Whole value.
Gold- Eagles 63,131 $631,310
Half-eagles 15,833 79,165
78,964 $710,475 00
Silver- Dollars 173,000 173,000
Half-dollars 310,000 155,000
Quarter-dollars 120,000 30,000
Dimes 1,622,500 162,250
Half-dimes 1,150,000 57,500
3,375,500 577,750 00
Copper- Cents 1,597,367 15,973 67
Total 5,051,831 1,304,198 67

B.

Statement of the deposites, for coinage, at the Mint of the United States, Philadelphia, in the year 1841.

Gold.
From mines in the United States $248,478
Coins of the United States, old standard, 5,762
Foreign coins 295,838
Foreign bullion 156,848
Jewelry, 8,247
Total of gold $715,173
Silver.
Bullion from North Carolina 4,198
Foreign bullion 210,546
Mexican dollars 272,320
Dollars of South America 14,292
European coins 55,692
Plate 5,398
Total of silver 562,446
Total 1,277,619

C.

Statement of the annual amounts of deposites of gold for coinage, at the Mint of the United States and its branches, from mines in the United States.

Virginia. North
Carolina.
South
Carolina.
Georgia. Tennessee. Alabama. Not
ascertained.
Total.
1824 $  5,000 $  5,000
1825 17,000 17,000
1826 20,000 20,000
1827 21,000 21,000
1828 46,000 46,000
1829 $  2,500 134,000 $  3,500 140,000
1830 24,000 204,000 26,000 $ 212,000 466,000
1831 26,000 294,000 22,000 176,000 $ 1,000 $ 1,000 520,000
1832 34,000 458,000 45,000 140,000 1,000 678,000
1833 104,000 475,000 66,000 216,000 7,000 868,000
1834 62,000 380,000 38,000 415,000 3,000 898,000
1835 60,400 263,500 42,400 319,900 100 $12,200 698,500
1836 62,000 148,100 55,200 201,400 300 467,000
1837 52,100 116,900 29,400 83,600 282,000
  427,000   2,582,500   327,500   1,763,900   12,400   1,000   12,200   5,126,500

D.

Tabular statement of the amount of coinage at the Mint of the United States, in the several denominations of coin, since the commencement of its operations until the 31st of December, 1837, inclusive.

Periods. Eagles. Half Eagles. Quarter Eagles. Dollars. Half Dollars. Quarter Dollars. Dimes. Half Dimes. Cents. Half Cents. Pieces of Gold. Value of Gold. Pieces of Silver. Value of Silver. Pieces of Copper. Value of Copper. Whole coinage in pieces. Whole coinage in value.
1793
to
1795
2,795 8,707 204,791 323,144 86,416 1,066,033 142,534 11,502 $71,485 00 614,351 $370,683 80 1,208,567 $11,373 00 1,834,420 $453,541 80
1796 6,934 6,196 963 72,920 3,918 5,894 22,135 10,230 974,700 115,480 14,093 102,727 50 115,097 79,077 50 1,090,180 10,324 40 1,219,370 192,129 40
1797 8,323 3,609 859 7,776 - 252 25,261 44,527 897,510 107,048 12,791 103,422 50 77,816 12,591 45 1,004,558 9,510 34 1,095,165 125,524 29
1798 7,794 24,867 614 327,536 - - 27,550 - 979,700 - 33,455 205,610 00 355,086 330,291 00 979,700 9,797 00 1,368,241 545,698 00
1799 17,483 7,451 480 423,515 - - - - 904,585 12,167 25,414 213 285 00 423,515 423,515 00 916,752 9,107 68 1,365,681 645,907 68
1800 25,965 11,622 - 220,920 - - 21,760 24,000 2,822,175 211,530 37,587 317,760 00 266,680 224,296 00 3,033,705 29,279 40 3,337,972 571,335 40
1801 29,254 26,006 - 54,454 30289 - 34,640 33,910 1,362,837 - 55,260 422,570 00 153,293 74,758 00 1,362,837 13,628 37 1,571,390 510,956 37
1802 15,090 53,176 2,612 41,650 29,890 - 10,975 13,010 3,435,100 14,366 70,878 423,310 00 95,525 58,343 00 3,449,466 34,422 83 3,615,869 516,075 83
1803 8,979 33,506 423 66,064 31,715 33,040 37,850 2,471,353 97,900 42,908 258,377 50 168,669 87,118 00 2,569,253 25,203 03 2,780,830 370,698 53
1804 9,795 30,475 3,327 19,570 156,519 6,738 8,265 - 756,838 1,055,312 43,597 258,642 50 191,092 100,340 50 1,812,150 12,844 94 2,046,839 371,827 94
1805 - 33,183 1,781 321 211,722 121,394 120,780 15,600 941,116 814,464 34,964 170,367 50 469,817 149,388 50 1,755,580 13,483 48 2,260,361 333,239 48
1806 - 64,093 1,616 - 839,576 206,124 - - 348,000 356,000 65,709 324,505 1,045,700 471,319 00 704,000 5,260 00 1,815,409 801,084 00
1807 - 84,093 6,812 - 1,051,576 220,643 165,000 - 727,221 476,000 90,905 437,495 1,437,219 597,448 75 1,203,221 9,652 21 2,731,345 1,044,595 96
1808 - 55,578 2,710 - 1,368,600 - - - 1,109,000 400,000 58,288 284,665 00 1,368,600 684,300 00 1,509,000 13,090 00 2,935,888 982,055 00
1809 - 33,875 - - 1,405,810 - 44,710 - 222,867 1,154,572 33,875 169,375 00 1,450,520 707,376 00 1,377,439 8,001 53 2,861,834 884,752 53
1810 - 100,287 - - 1,276,276 - 6,355 - 2,458,500 215,000 100,287 501,435 00 1,282,631 638,773 50 1,673,500 15,660 00 3,056,418 1,155,868 50
1811 - 99,581 - - 1,203,644 - 65,180 - 218,025 63,140 99,581 497,905 00 1,268,824 608,340 00 281,165 2,495 95 1,649,570 1,108,740 95
1812 - 58,087 - - 1,628,059 - - - 1,075,500 - 58,087 290,435 00 1,628,059 814,029 50 1,075,500 10,755 00 2,761,646 1,115,219 50
1813 - 95,428 - - 1,241,903 - - - 418,000 - 95,428 417,140 00 1,241,903 620,951 50 418,000 4,180 00 1,755,331 1,102,271 50
1814 - 15,454 - - 1,039,075 - 421,500 - 357,830 - 15,454 77,270 00 1,460,575 561,687 50 357,830 3,578 30 1,833,859 642,535 80
1815 - 635 - - - 69,232 - - - - 635 3,175 00 69,232 17,308 00 - - 69,867 20,483 00
1816 - - - - 47,150 20,003 - - 2,820,982 - - - 67,153 28,575 75 2,820,982 28,209 82 2,888,135 56,785 57
1817 - - - - 1,215,567 - - - 3,948,400 - - - 1,215,567 607,783 50 3,948,400 39,484 00 5,163,967 647,267 50
1818 - 48,588 - - 1,960,822 361,174 - - 3,167,000 - 48,588 242,940 00 2,321,496 1,070,454 50 3,167,000 31,670 00 5,537,084 1,345,064 50
1819 - 51,723 - - 2,208,000 144,000 - - 2,671,000 - 51,723 258,615 00 2,352,000 1,140,000 00 2,671,000 26,710 00 5,074,723 1,425,325 00
1820 - 263,806 - - 751,122 127,444 942,587 - 4,407,550 - 263,806 1,319,030 00 1,821,153 501,680 70 4,407,550 44,075 50 6,492,509 1,864,786 20
1821 - 34,641 6,448 - 1,305,797 216,851 1,186,512 - 389,000 - 41,089 189,325 00 2,709,160 825,762 45 389,000 3,890 00 3,139,249 1,018,977 45
1822 - 17,796 - - 1,559,573 64,080 100,000 - 2,072,339 - 17,796 88,980 00 1,723,653 805,806 50 2,072,339 20,723 39 3,813,788 915,509 89
1823 - 14,485 - - 1,694,200 17,800 440,000 - - - 14,485 72,425 00 2,152,000 895,550 00 - - 2,166,485 967,975 00
1824 - 17,340 2,600 - 3,504,954 - - - 1,262,000 - 19,940 93,200 00 3,504,954 1,752,477 00 1,262,000 12,620 00 4,786,894 1,858,297 00
1825 - 29,060 4,434 - 2,943,166 168,000 510,000 - 1,461,100 63,000 33,494 156,385 00 3,621,166 1,564,583 00 1,524,000 14,926 00 5,178,760 1,735,894 00
1826 - 18,069 760 - 4,004,180 - - - 1,517,425 234,000 18,829 92,245 00 4,004,180 2,002,090 00 1,751,425 16,344 25 5,774,434 2,110,679 25
1827 - 24,913 2,800 - 5,493,400 4,000 1,215,000 - 2,357,732 - 27,713 131,565 00 6,712,400 2,869,200 2,357,732 23,577 32 9,097,845 3,024,342 32
1828 - 28,029 - - 3,075,200 102,000 125,000 - 2,260,624 606,000 28,029 140,145 00 3,302,200 1,575,600 00 2,866,624 25,636 24 6,196,853 1,741,381 24
1829 - 57,442 3,403 - 3,712,156 - 770,000 1,230,000 1,414,500 487,000 60,845 295,717 50 5,712,156 1,994,578 00 1,901,500 16,580 00 7,674,501 2,306,875 50
1830 - 126,351 4,540 - 4,764,800 - 510,000 1,240,000 1,711,500 - 130,891 643,105 00 6,514,800 2,495,400 00 1,711,500 17,115 00 8,357,191 3,155,620 00
1831 - 140,594 4,520 - 5,873,660 398,000 771,350 1,242,700 3,359,260 2,200 145,114 714,270 00 8,285,710 3,175,600 00 3,361,460 33,603 60 11,792,284 3,923,473 60
1832 - 157,487 4,400 - 4,797,000 320,000 522,500 965,000 2,362,000 - 161,887 798,435 00 6,604,500 2,579,000 00 2,362,000 23,620 00 9,128,387 3,401,055 00
1833 - 193,630 4,160 - 5,206,000 156,000 485,000 1,370,000 2,739,000 154,000 197,790 978,550 00 7,217,000 2,759,000 00 2,893,000 28,160 00 10,307,790 3,765,710 00
1834 - 732,169 117,370 - 6,412,004 286,000 635,000 1,480,000 1,855,100 120,000 849,539 3,954,270 00 8,813,004 3,415,002 00 1,975,100 19,151 00 11,637,643 7,388,423 00
1835 - 371,534 131,402 - 5,352,006 1,952,000 1,410,000 2,760,000 3,878,400 141,000 502,936 2,186,175 00 11,474,006 3,443,003 00 4,019,400 39,489 00 15,996,342 5,668,667 00
1836 - 553,147 547,986 1,000 6,546,200 472,000 1,190,000 1,900,000 2,111,000 398,000 1,101,133 4,135,700 00 10,109,200 3,606,100 00 2,509,000 23,100 00 13,719,333 7,764,900 00
1837 - 207,121 45,080 - 3,629,820 252,400 1,042,000 2,276,000 5,558,300 - 252,201 1,148,305 00 7,200,220 2,096,010 00 5,558,300 55,583 00 13,010,721 3,299,898 00
132,592 3,933,834 902,100 1,440,517 87,897,993 5,692,029 12,862,100 14,729,243 75,871,102 7,440,713 4,968,526 $23,250,340 00 122,621,882 $48,835,192 90 83,311,815 $795,915 58 210,902,223 72,881,448 48