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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Collateral to US Mint: Rittenhouse medal, one-cent & half-cent coins with prints

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01997.02 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: [various places] Type: Object Date: 1792-1793 ca. Pagination: 6 items

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Summary of Content: Collateral items: print of Jefferson; a photo, "Ye Old Mint;" a print titled "The Coin Room;" a commemorative medal with the words "David Rittenhouse 1st Director U.S. Mint;" a one cent coin with a flowing hair liberty on the front and chain link on back. The first coin minted under the Coinage Act of 1792 or Mint Act, labeled "Liberty 1793;" and a half cent coin that is slightly smaller and also labeled "Liberty 1793."

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American Indian HistoryPresidentCoins and CurrencyFinanceUS MintArt, Music, Theater, and FilmArchitectureGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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