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.


February 2, 1842.

Read, and ordered to be printed.


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 31, 1842.


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The public funds in our vaults amount at present to but $104,960 94; $284,237 31 having been withdrawn during the year, on Treasury drafts.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 1841.

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
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
Coins of the United States, old standard  
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.

Periods. Deposited at the United States Mint. Deposited at the branch mints. Mint and branches.
From Virginia. From North
Carolina.
From South
Carolina.
From Georgia. From Tennessee. From Alabama. From various
sources.
Total at U.S. Mint. At Charlotte, N.C. At Dahlonega, Geo. At New Orleans. Total at branch mints. Total deposites of United States 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













604,331 2,815,235 355,559 2,051,109 15,516 6,794 13,400 5,861,944 508,409 532,567 12,222 1,053,198 6,915,142


D.

Statement of the coinage at the branch mints in the year 1841.

Mints. Gold. Silver. Total.
Eagles. Half eagles. Quarter eagles. Total of gold. Half dollars. Quarter dollars. Dimes. Half dimes. Total of silver. Whole coinage.
Number. Value. Number. Value. Number. Value.
Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Dollars. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Dollars. Pieces. Dollars.
Charlotte, N.C. 21,467 10,281 31,748 133,037 50 31,748 133,037 50
Dahlonega, Ga. 30,495 4,164 34,659 162,885 00 34,659 162,885 00
New Orleans, La. 2,500 8,350 7,380 18,230 85,200 00 401,000 452,000 2,007,500 815,000 3,675,500 555,000 3,693,730 640,200 00
New Orleans, La.  












2,500 60,312 21,825 84,637 381,122 50 401,000 452,000 2,007,500 815,000 3,675,500 555,000 3,760,137 936,122 50


E.

Statement of the deposites for coinage at the branch mints in the year 1841.

Mints. Gold. Silver. Total.
U.S. coins, old standard. United States bullion. Foreign coins. Foreign bullion. Total of gold. United States bullion. Foreign bullion. Foreign coins. Total silver. Gold and silver.
Charlotte, N.C. $129,847 $2,741 $132,588 $132,588
Dahlonega, Ga. 161,974 161,974 161,974
New Orleans, La. $716 1,818 55,740 $493 58,767 $102 $7,818 $527,855 $535,775 594,542
New Orleans, La.  









716 293,639 58,481 493 353,329 102 7,818 527,855 535,775 889,104


F.

Recapitulation of deposites and coinage at the Mint of the United States and its branches in the year 1841.

Mints. Deposites.
Gold. Silver. Total.
U.S. gold. Foreign gold. Total of gold. U.S. silver. Foreign silver. Total of silver. Gold and silver.
Philadelphia $248,478 $466,695 $715,173 $4,198 $558,248 $562,446 $1,277,619
Charlotte, N.C. 129,847 2,741 132,588 132,588
Dahlonega, Ga. 161,974 161,974 161,974
New Orleans 1,818 56,949 58,767 102 535,673 535,775 594,542
Charlotte, N.C.  






542,117 526,385 1,068,502 4,300 1,093,921 1,098,221 2,166,723

Mints. Coinage.
Gold. Silver. Copper. Total.
No. of pieces. Value. No. of pieces. Value. No. of pieces. Value. Whole number of pieces. Whole Value.
Philadelphia 78,964 $710,475 00 3,375,500 $577,750 1,597,367 $15,973 67 5,051,831 $1,304,198 67
Charlotte, N.C. 31,748 133,037 50 31,748 133,037 50
Dahlonega, Ga. 34,659 162,885 00 34,659 162,885 00
New Orleans 18,230 85,200 00 3,675,500 555,000 3,693,730 640,200 00
Charlotte, N.C.  







163,601 1,091,597 50 7,051,000 1,132,750 1,597,367 15,973 67 8,811,968 2,240,321 17


G.

Statement of the amounts coined, annually, at the branch mints, from the commencement of operations until December 31, 1841.

Mints and periods. Gold. Silver. Total.
Eagles. Half eagles. Quarter eagles. Total of gold. Half dollars. Quarter dollars. Dimes. Half dimes. Total of silver. Whole coinage.
Number. Value. Number. Value. Number. Value.
Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces.
Charlotte, N.C., 1838 12,886 7,894 20,780 $84,165 00 20,780 $84,165 00
1839 23,467 18,173 41,640 162,767 50 41,640 162,767 50
1840 18,994 12,834 31,828 127,055 00 31,828 127,055 00
1841 21,467 10,281 31,748 133,037 50 31,748 133,037 50
Charlotte, N.C.,  












Total 76,814 49,182 125,996 507,025 00 125,996 507,025 00

Dahlonega, Geo., 1838 20,583 20,583 102,915 00 20,583 102,915 00
1839 18,939 13,674 32,613 128,880 00 32,613 128,880 00
1840 22,896 3,532 26,428 123,310 00 26,428 123,310 00
1841 30,495 4,164 34,659 162,885 00 34,659 162,885 00













Total 92,913 21,370 114,283 517,990 00 114,283 517,990 00

New Orleans, 1838 402,430 402,430 $40,243 402,430 40,243 00
1839 9,396 9,396 23,490 00 116,000 1,291,600 1,060,000 2,467,600 240,160 2,476,996 263,650 00
1840 30,400 26,200 56,600 217,500 00 855,100 425,200 1,175,000 935,000 3,390,300 698,100 3,446,900 915,600 00
1841 2,500 8,350 7,380 18,230 85,200 00 401,000 452,000 2,007,500 815,000 3,675,500 555,000 3,693,730 640,200 00













Total 2,500 38,750 42,976 84,226 326,190 00 1,372,100 877,200 4,876,530 2,810,000 9,935,830 1,533,503 10,020,056 1,859,693 00

Sum of totals 2,500 208,477 113,528 324,505 1,351,205 00 1,372,100 877,200 4,876,530 2,810,000 9,935,830 1,533,503 10,260,335 2,884,708 00


H.

Tabular statement of the amount of coinage at the Mint of the United States, in the several denominations of coin, from the commencement of its operations until the 31st of December, 1841, inclusive.

Periods. Gold. Silver. Copper.
Eagles. Half eagles. Quarter eagles. Total gold coinage. Dollars. Half dollars. Quarter dollars. Dimes. Half dimes. Total silver coinage. Cents. Half Cents. Total copper coinage.
Pieces of gold. Value of gold. Pieces of silver. Value of silver. Pieces of copper. Value of copper.
Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces. Pieces.
1793
to
1795
2,795 8,707 - 11,502 $71,485 00 204,791 323,144 - - 86,416 614,351 $370,683 80 1,066,033 142,534 1,208,567 $11,373 00
1796 6,934 6,196 963 14,093 102,727 50 72,920 3,918 5,894 22,135 10,230 115,097 79,077 50 974,700 115,480 1,090,180 10,324 40
1797 8,323 3,609 859 12,791 103,422 50 7,776 - 252 25,261 44,527 77,816 12,591 45 897,510 107,048 1,004,558 9,510 34
1798 7,794 24,867 614 33,455 205,610 00 327,536 - - 27,550 - 355,086 330,291 00 979,700 - 979,700 9,797 00
1799 17,483 7,451 480 25,414 213,285 00 423,515 - - - - 423,515 423,515 00 904,585 12,167 916,752 9,106 68
1800 25,965 11,622 - 37,587 317,760 00 220,920 - - 21,760 24,000 266,680 224,296 00 2,822,175 211,530 3,033,705 29,279 40
1801 29,254 26,006 - 55,260 422,570 00 54,454 30,289 - 34,640 33,910 153,293 74,758 00 1,362,837 - 1,362,837 13,628 37
1802 15,090 53,176 2,612 70,878 423,310 00 41,650 29,890 - 10,975 13,010 95,525 58,343 00 3,435,100 14,366 3,449,466 34,422 83
1803 8,979 33,506 423 42,908 258,377 50 66,064 31,715 33,040 37,850 168,669 87,118 00 2,471,353 97,900 2,569,253 25,203 03
1804 9,795 30,475 3,327 43,597 258,642 50 19,570 156,519 6,738 8,265 - 191,092 100,340 50 756,838 1,055,312 1,812,150 12,844 94
1805 - 33,183 1,781 34,964 170,367 50 321 211,722 121,394 120,780 15,600 469,817 149,388 50 941,116 814,464 1,755,580 13,483 48
1806 - 64,093 1,616 65,709 324,505 00 - 839,576 206,124 - - 1,045,700 471,319 00 348,000 356,000 704,000 5,260 00
1807 - 84,093 6,812 90,905 437,495 00 - 1,051,576 220,643 165,000 - 1,437,219 597,448 75 727,221 476,000 1,203,221 9,652 21
1808 - 55,578 2,710 58,288 284,665 00 - 1,368,600 - - - 1,368,600 684,300 00 1,109,000 400,000 1,509,000 13,090 00
1809 - 33,875 - 33,875 169,375 00 - 1,405,810 - 44,710 - 1,450,520 707,376 00 222,867 1,154,572 1,377,439 8,001 53
1810 - 100,287 - 100,287 501,435 00 - 1,276,276 - 6,355 - 1,282,631 638,773 50 2,458,500 215,000 1,673,500 15,660 00
1811 - 99,581 - 99,581 497,905 00 - 1,203,644 - 65,180 - 1,268,824 608,340 00 218,025 63,140 281,165 2,495 95
1812 - 58,087 - 58,087 290,435 00 - 1,628,059 - - - 1,628,059 814,029 50 1,075,500 - 1,075,500 10,755 00
1813 - 95,428 - 95,428 477,140 00 - 1,241,903 - - - 1,241,903 620,951 50 418,000 - 418,000 4,180 00
1814 - 15,454 - 15,454 77,270 00 - 1,039,075 - 421,500 - 1,460,575 561,687 50 357,830 - 357,830 3,578 30
1815 - 635 - 635 3,175 00 - - 69,232 - - 69,232 17,308 00 - - - -
1816 - - - - - - 47,150 20,003 - - 67,153 28,575 75 2,820,982 - 2,820,982 28,209 82
1817 - - - - - - 1,215,567 - - - 1,215,567 607,783 50 3,948,400 - 3,948,400 39,484 00
1818 - 48,588 - 48,588 242,940 00 - 1,960,822 361,174 - - 2,321,496 1,070,454 50 3,167,000 - 3,167,000 31,670 00
1819 - 51,723 - 51,723 258,615 00 - 2,208,000 144,000 - - 2,352,000 1,140,000 00 2,671,000 - 2,671,000 26,710 00
1820 - 263,806 - 263,806 1,319,030 00 - 751,122 127,444 942,587 - 1,821,153 501,680 70 4,407,550 - 4,407,550 44,075 50
1821 - 34,641 6,448 41,089 189,325 00 - 1,305,797 216,851 1,186,512 - 2,709,160 825,762 45 389,000 - 389,000 3,890 00
1822 - 17,796 - 17,796 88,980 00 - 1,559,573 64,080 100,000 - 1,723,653 805,806 50 2,072,339 - 2,072,339 20,723 39
1823 - 14,485 - 14,485 72,425 00 - 1,694,200 17,800 440,000 - 2,152,000 895,550 00 - - - -
1824 - 17,340 2,600 19,940 93,200 00 - 3,504,954 - - - 3,504,954 1,752,477 00 1,262,000 - 1,262,000 12,620 00
1825 - 29,060 4,434 33,494 156,385 00 - 2,943,166 168,000 510,000 - 3,621,166 1,564,583 00 1,461,100 63,000 1,524,000 14,926 00
1826 - 18,069 760 18,829 92,245 00 - 4,004,180 - - - 4,004,180 2,002,090 00 1,517,425 234,000 1,751,425 16,344 25
1827 - 24,913 2,800 27,713 131,565 00 - 5,493,400 4,000 1,215,000 - 6,712,400 2,869,200 00 2,357,732 - 2,357,732 23,577 32
1828 - 28,029 - 28,029 140,145 00 - 3,075,200 102,000 125,000 - 3,302,200 1,575,600 00 2,260,624 606,000 2,866,624 25,636 24
1829 - 57,442 3,403 60,845 295,717 50 - 3,712,156 - 770,000 1,230,000 5,712,156 1,994,578 00 1,414,500 487,000 1,901,500 16,580 00
1830 - 126,351 4,540 130,891 643,105 00 - 4,764,800 - 510,000 1,240,000 6,514,800 2,495,400 00 1,711,500 - 1,711,500 17,115 00
1831 - 140,594 4,520 145,114 714,270 00 - 5,873,660 398,000 771,350 1,242,700 8,285,710 3,175,600 00 3,359,260 2,200 3,361,460 33,603 60
1832 - 157,487 4,400 161,887 798,435 00 - 4,797,000 320,000 522,500 965,000 6,604,500 2,579,000 00 2,362,000 - 2,362,000 23,620 00
1833 - 193,630 4,160 197,790 978,550 00 - 5,206,000 156,000 485,000 1,370,000 7,217,000 2,759,000 00 2,739,000 154,000 2,893,000 28,160 00
1834 - 732,169 117,370 849,539 3,954,270 00 - 6,412,004 286,000 635,000 1,480,000 8,813,004 3,415,002 00 1,855,100 120,000 1,975,100 19,151 00
1835 - 371,534 131,402 502,936 2,186,175 00 - 5,352,006 1,952,000 1,410,000 2,760,000 11,474,006 3,443,003 00 3,878,400 141,000 4,019,400 39,489 00
1836 - 553,147 547,986 1,101,133 4,135,700 00 1,000 6,546,200 472,000 1,190,000 1,900,000 10,109,200 3,606,100 00 2,111,000 398,000 2,509,000 23,100 00
1837 - 207,121 45,080 252,201 1,148,305 00 - 3,629,820 252,400 1,042,000 2,276,000 7,200,220 2,096,010 00 5,558,300 - 5,558,300 55,583 00
1838 7,200 286,588 47,030 340,818 1,622,515 00 - 3,546,000 832,000 1,992,500 2,255,000 8,625,500 2,293,000 00 6,370,200 - 6,370,200 63,702 00
1839 38,248 118,143 27,021 183,412 1,040,747 50 300 3,334,561 491,146 1,053,115 1,069,150 5,948,272 1,949,136 00 3,128,661 - 3,128,661 31,286 61
1840 47,338 137,382 18,859 203,579 1,207,437 50 61,005 1,435,008 188,127 1,358,580 1,344,085 4,386,805 1,028,603 00 2,462,700 - 2,462,700 24,627 00
1841 63,131 15,833 - 78,964 710,475 00 173,000 310,000 120,000 1,622,500 1,150,000 3,375,500 577,750 00 1,597,367 - 1,597,367 15,973 67
















288,509 4,491,780 995,010 5,775,299 27,831,515 00 1,674,822 96,523,562 7,323,302 18,888,795 20,547,478 144,957,959 54,683,681 90 89,430,030 7,440,713 96,870,743 931,503 86

H — Continued.

RECAPITULATION
Periods. Whole coinage, in pieces. Whole coinage, in value.
1793
to
1795
1,834,420 $453,541 80
1796 1,219,370 192,129 40
1797 1,095,165 125,524 29
1798 1,368,241 545,698 00
1799 1,365,681 645,906 68
1800 3,337,972 571,335 40
1801 1,571,390 510,956 37
1802 3,615,869 516,075 83
1803 2,780,830 370,698 53
1804 2,046,839 371,827 94
1805 2,260,361 333,239 48
1806 1,815,409 801,084 00
1807 2,731,345 1,044,595 96
1808 2,935,888 982,055 00
1809 2,861,834 884,752 53
1810 3,056,418 1,155,868 50
1811 1,649,570 1,108,740 95
1812 2,761,646 1,115,219 50
1813 1,755,331 1,102,271 50
1814 1,833,859 642,535 80
1815 69,867 20,483 00
1816 2,888,135 56,785 57
1817 5,163,967 647,267 50
1818 5,537,084 1,345,064 50
1819 5,074,723 1,425,325 00
1820 6,492,509 1,864,786 20
1821 3,139,249 1,018,977 45
1822 3,813,788 915,509 89
1823 2,166,485 967,975 00
1824 4,786,894 1,858,297 00
1825 5,178,760 1,735,894 00
1826 5,774,434 2,110,679 25
1827 9,097,845 3,024,342 32
1828 6,196,853 1,741,381 24
1829 7,674,501 2,306,875 50
1830 8,357,191 3,155,620 00
1831 11,792,284 3,923,473 60
1832 9,128,387 3,401,055 00
1833 10,307,790 3,765,710 00
1834 11,637,643 7,388,423 00
1835 15,996,342 5,668,667 00
1836 13,719,333 7,764,900 00
1837 13,010,721 3,299,898 00
1838 15,336,518 3,979,217 00
1839 9,260,345 3,021,170 11
1840 7,053,084 2,260,667 50
1841 5,051,831 1,304,198 67


Total 247,604,001 83,446,700 76