30th Congress,
1st Session.
[Senate]
Executive,
No. 17.

MESSAGE
from
THE PRESIDENT,

Communicating
The report of the director of the mint, showing the operations of the mint and branch mints for the year 1847.


January 31, 1848.

Read, and ordered to be printed.


To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit, herewith, the annual report of the director of the mint at Philadelphia, showing the operation of the mint and branch mints for the year 1847.

JAMES K. POLK.

Washington, January 31, 1848.


Mint of the United States,
Philadelphia, January 14, 1848.

Sir: I have the honor to present the following report of the operations of the mint and branch mints during the past year.

The coinage at the principal mint amounted to $14,348,367; comprising $13,269,080 in gold, $990,450 in silver, and $61,837 in copper coins; and composed of 11,545,278 pieces. The deposites of gold within the year amounted to $13,670,896, and those of silver to $962,781; making, together, $14,633,677.

At the New Orleans branch mint the coinage amounted to $7,469,000; comprising $6,085,000 in gold, and $1,384,000 in silver coins, and composed of 3,659,500 pieces. The deposites for coinage amounted to $7,739,506: $6,252,288 in gold, and $1,487,278 in silver.

The branch mint at Charlotte received, during the year, deposites of gold to the value of $344,054, and its coinage amounted to $478,820; composed of 84,151 half-eagles, and 23,226 quarter-eagles.

The branch mint at Dahlonega received, during the year, deposites of gold to the value of $352,366, and its coinage amounted to $361,485; composed of 64,405 half-eagles, and 15,748 quarter-eagles.

The deposites during the year, at the four mints, amounted, in all, to the sum of $23,069,603; of which $20,619,544 was in gold, and $2,450,059 in silver. The whole coinage amounted to $22,657,672; composed of $20,221,385 in gold, $2,374,450 in silver, and $61,837 in copper coins.

Statements, in the tabular form, relative to the operations of the year, and former years, are subjoined; and, from the last of these, it will be seen that the coinage of 1847 is nearly double, in value, to that of any former year, and that the proportion of gold to silver has greatly increased.

Of the deposites, a large portion was made under the act of February 9, 1783, which requires that all foreign gold and silver coins, (except Spanish milled dollars, and parts of such dollars,) which shall be received for moneys due to the United States, shall, previously to their being issued in circulation, be coined anew. The amount thus received, at the Philadelphia mint, was $9,829,404.

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 deposites and coinage at the Mint of the United States and branches in the year 1847.

DEPOSITES.
MINTS. Total.
Charlotte, N.C. Dahlonega, Geo. New Orleans. Philadelphia.
Gold.
United States coins, old standard. $9,901 $35,534 $45,435
Foreign coins. 6,220,700 13,171,679 19,392,379
United States bullion. $344,054 $352,366 9,256 183,409 889,085
Foreign bullion. 12,371 280,274 292,645
United States coins, old 




Total gold. 344,054 352,366 6,252,228 13,670,896 20,619,544





Silver.
Foreign coins. 1,324,680 865,705 2,190,385
Foreign bullion. 162,598 90,669 253,267
United States bullion. 6,407 6,407





Total silver. 1,487,278 962,781 2,450,059





Total gold and silver.  $344,054  $352,366  $7,739,506 $14,633,677 $23,069,603

COINAGE.
Gold.
Eagles, pieces. 571,500 862,264 1,433,764
Half-eagles, pieces. 84,151 64,405 12,000 919,781 1,080,337
Quarter-eagles, pieces. 23,266 15,784 124,000 29,814 192,824





Value gold, dollars. 478,820 361,485 6,085,000 13,296,080 20,221,385





Silver.
Dollars, pieces. 140,750 140,750
Half-dollars, pieces. 2,584,000 1,156,000 3,740,000
Quarter-dollars, pieces. 368,000 734,000 1,102,000
Dimes, pieces. 245,000 245,000
Half-dimes, pieces. 1,274,000 1,274,000





Value silver, dollars. 1,384,000 990,450 2,374,450





Copper.
Cents, pieces. 6,183,669 6,183,669
Half-cents, pieces.





Value copper, dollars. 61,836 69 61,836 69





Number of pieces. 107,377 80,189 3,659,500 11,545,278 15,392,344





Value copper, dollars. 478,820 361,485 7,469,000  14,348,366 69  22,657,671 69


B.

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.

Periods. Deposited at the United States mint. Deposited at the branch mints. Mint and branches.
Virginia. North
Carolina.
South
Carolina.
Georgia. Tennessee. Alabama. Various
sources.
Total at the U.S. mint. Branch mint at Charlotte, N.C. Branch mint at Dahlonega, Ga. Branch mint at New Orleans. Total at the Branch mints. Total deposites of U.S. gold.
1824 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
1825 17,000 17,000 17,000
1826 20,000 20,000 20,000
1827 21,000 21,000 21,000
1828 46,000 46,000 46,000
1829 $2,500 134,000 $3,500 140,000 140,000
1830 24,000 204,000 26,000 $212,000 466,000 466,000
1831 26,000 294,000 22,000 176,000 $1,000 $1,000 520,000 520,000
1832 34,000 458,000 45,000 140,000 1,000 678,000 678,000
1833 104,000 475,000 66,000 216,000 7,000 868,000 868,000
1834 62,000 380,000 38,000 415,000 3,000 898,000 898,000
1835 60,400 263,500 42,400 319,900 100 12,200 698,500 698,500
1836 62,000 148,100 55,200 201,400 300 467,000 467,000
1837 52,100 116,900 29,400 83,600 282,000 282,000
1838 55,000 66,000 13,000 36,000 1,500 200 171,700 $127,000 $135,700 $700 $263,400 435,100
1839 57,600 53,500 6,300 20,300 300 $500 138,500 126,836 113,035 6,869 246,740 385,240
1840 38,995 36,804 5,319 91,113 104 4,431 176,766 124,726 121,858 2,835 249,419 426,185
1841 25,736 76,431 3,440 139,796 1,212 1,863 248,478 129,847 161,974 1,818 293,639 542,117
1842 42,163 61,629 223 150,276 5,579 13,717 273,587 174,508 323,372 5,630 503,510 777,097
1843 48,148 62,873 5,099 56,619 2,788 4,786 415 180,728 272,064 570,080 22,573 864,717 1,045,445
1844 40,595 194,917 11,856 30,739 2,240 12,298 2,377 295,022 167,348 479,794 25,036 672,178 967,200
1845 86,783 365,886 5,386 17,325 3,202 6,472 4,328 489,382 498,632 20,313 518,945 1,008,327
1846 55,538 286,105 100,641 13,601 2,642 7,542 466,069 196,381 455,149 21,758 673,288 1,139,357
1847 67,736 99,491 1,102 10,547 2,511 2,022 183,409 344,054 352,366 9,256 705,676 889,085













945,294 3,886,136 479,866 2,330,216 28,899 45,493 34,237 7,750,141 1,662,764 3,211,960 116,788 4,991,512 12,741,653


C.

Coinage of the mint of the United States, in the several years from its establishment, in 1792, and including the coinage of the branch mints from the commencement of their operations, in 1838.

Years. GOLD. SILVER. COPPER. WHOLE COINAGE.
Value. Value. Value. No. of pieces. Value.
1793
to
1795
$71,485 00 $370,683 80 $11,373 00 1,834,420 $453,541 80
1796 102,727 50 79,077 50 10,324 40 1,219,370 192,129 40
1797 103,422 50 12,591 45 9,510 34 1,095,165 125,524 29
1798 205,610 00 330,291 00 9,797 00 1,368,241 545,698 00
1799 213,285 00 423,515 00 9,106 68 1,365,681 645,906 68
1800 317,760 00 224,296 00 29,279 40 3,337,972 571,335 40
1801 422,570 00 74,758 00 13,628 37 1,571,390 510,956 37
1802 423,310 00 58,343 00 34,422 83 3,615,869 516,075 83
1803 258,377 50 87,118 00 25,203 03 2,780,830 370,698 53
1804 258,642 50 100,340 50 12,844 94 2,046,839 371,827 94
1805 170,367 50 149,388 50 13,483 48 2,260,361 333,239 48
1806 324,505 00 471,319 00 5,260 00 1,815,409 801,084 00
1807 437,495 00 597,448 75 9,652 21 2,731,345 1,044,595 96
1808 284,665 00 684,300 00 13,090 00 2,935,888 982,055 00
1809 169,375 00 707,376 00 8,001 53 2,861,834 884,752 53
1810 501,435 00 638,773 50 15,660 00 3,056,418 1,155,868 50
1811 497,905 00 608,340 00 2,495 95 1,649,570 1,108,740 95
1812 290,435 00 814,029 50 10,755 00 2,761,646 1,115,219 50
1813 417,140 00 620,951 50 4,180 00 1,755,331 1,102,271 50
1814 77,270 00 561,687 50 3,578 30 1,833,859 642,535 80
1815 3,175 00 17,308 00 69,867 20,483 00
1816 28,575 75 28,209 82 2,888,135 56,785 57
1817 607,783 50 39,484 00 5,163,967 647,267 50
1818 242,940 00 1,070,454 50 31,670 00 5,537,084 1,345,064 50
1819 258,615 00 1,140,000 00 26,710 00 5,074,723 1,425,325 00
1820 1,319,030 00 501,680 70 44,075 50 6,492,509 1,864,786 20
1821 189,325 00 825,762 45 3,890 00 3,139,249 1,018,977 45
1822 88,980 00 805,806 50 20,723 39 3,813,788 915,509 89
1823 72,425 00 895,550 00 2,166,485 967,975 00
1824 93,200 00 1,752,477 00 12,620 00 4,786,894 1,858,297 00
1825 156,385 00 1,564,583 00 14,926 00 5,178,760 1,735,894 00
1826 92,245 00 2,002,090 00 16,344 25 5,774,434 2,110,679 25
1827 131,565 00 2,869,200 00 23,577 32 9,097,845 3,024,342 32
1828 140,145 00 1,575,600 00 25,636 24 6,196,853 1,741,381 24
1829 295,717 50 1,994,578 00 16,580 00 7,674,501 2,306,875 50
1830 643,105 00 2,495,400 00 17,115 00 8,357,191 3,155,620 00
1831 714,270 00 3,175,600 00 33,603 60 11,792,284 3,923,473 60
1832 798,435 00 2,579,000 00 23,620 00 9,128,387 3,401,055 00
1833 978,550 00 2,759,000 00 28,160 00 10,307,790 3,765,710 00
1834 3,954,270 00 3,415,002 00 19,151 00 11,637,643 7,388,423 00
1835 2,186,175 00 3,443,003 00 39,489 00 15,996,342 5,668,667 00
1836 4,135,700 00 3,606,100 00 23,100 00 13,719,333 7,764,900 00
1837 1,148,305 00 2,096,010 00 55,583 00 13,010,721 3,299,898 00
1838 1,809,595 00 2,333,243 00 63,702 00 15,780,311 4,206,540 00
1839 1,355,885 00 2,189,296 00 31,286 61 11,811,594 3,576,467 61
1840 1,675,302 50 1,726,703 00 24,627 00 10,558,240 3,426,632 50
1841 1,091,597 50 1,132,750 00 15,973 67 8,811,968 2,240,321 17
1842 1,834,170 00 2,332,750 00 23,833 90 11,743,153 4,190,753 90
1843 8,108,797 50 3,834,750 00 24,283 20 14,640,582 11,967,830 70
1844 5,428,230 00 2,235,550 00 23,987 52 9,051,834 7,687,767 52
1845 3,756,447 50 1,873,200 00 38,948 04 11,806,196 5,668,595 54
1846 4,034,177 50 2,558,580 00 41,208 00 10,133,515 6,633,965 50
1847 20,221,385 00 2,374,450 00 61,836 69 15,392,344 22,657,671 69





72,565,927 50 71,426,464 90 1,145,601 21 330,631,960 145,137,993 61