Monday, September 4, 2017
David Finkelstein wrote:
The below link is to an article that I coauthored with Joel J. Orosz and Leonard Augsburger (coauthors of “The Secret History of the First U. S. Mint” and “1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage”). The article is titled “Who Deposited The Silver For The 1794 Dollars?”. A modified version of this article appears in the September 2017 edition of The Numismatist titled, “The Director’s Deposits.”
We now know that 1) Director of the Mint David Rittenhouse deposited the silver for the 1794 Dollars, 2) David Rittenhouse received 1,758 1794 Dollars on October 15, 1794, and 3) a 1794 Dollar was forwarded to President George Washington from Secretary of State Edmund Randolph (via David Rittenhouse) on October 16, 1794.