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Death of Zebulon Pike... New gold coins described...

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August 9, 1834

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, August 9, 1834

* Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr. death
* Gold coins

Page 2 reports on "The new coinage..." describing the new gold coins being produced: "On the face the new coins will be readily distinguished by a head of  liberty, disencumbered of a cap. On the reverse the surplus motto "E pluribus unum", which for many years has occupied a portion of the disk above the eagle, is now omitted..." with more (see), including a comment: "It is seen with regret that liberty has been deprived of her cap, & the words 'E pluribus unum' are omitted on the new gold coins. There is an apparent hurry in getting out these coins..." (see photos).

Another page has a report: "Died, at his residence near Lawrenceburgh, Indiana...col. Zebulon Pike, aged 83 years. He was a brave captain in many of the battles of the revolution, a colonel in St. Clair's expedition against the Indians..." (see photos).

Further to the back are letters signed in type by: James Madison, and J.C. Calhoun.

This issue is complete in sixteen pages, 6 3/4 by 10 1/2 inches, and in generally nice condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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