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Seeking bids to construct a U.S. Mint in San Francisco...



Item # 675109

December 11, 1852

THE REPUBLIC, Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 1852 

* San Francisco Mint to be constructed
* California Gold Rush era
* Thomas Corwin


The front page has a legal notice soliciting bids to build a new United States Mint in San Francisco, headed: "Proposals For Erecting a Mint, With the Necessary Machinery, at San Francisco, California". It is signed in type by the Secretary of the Treasury, Thos. Corwin.
The notice takes half a column and has considerable detail on how the mint is to be constructed.
In July of 1852 Congress approved the creation of a new U.S. Mint in California. San Francisco was selected as the location. This newspaper reports the solicitation of bids for its construction, and the Mint opened for operation in 1854.
Four pages, good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War