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Autograph Letter, signed, to Professor Frazer
Philadelphia 1854 - 3-1/2 pp on blue paper. 1 vols. 4to. On the Conformity of US and British Coinage. Robert Maskell Patterson (1787-1854) was Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and followed his father's footsteps to become Director of the U.S. Mint from 1835 to 185. He was succeeded there by George Eckert. This letter discusses the desired conformity of the coinage between Great Britain and the United States and it is probably addressed to Professor John Fries Frazer of the University of Pennsylvania.Reading in part:"What I particularily object to is the suggestion thrown out that the U.S. shall adopt the pound sterling as a unit, with new coins as 'subordinates and multiple,' or (as I understand it) with a decimal division of the pound. No unit can be compared for the moment with that which we have at present. It divides, decimally, into a hundred parts, giving us, in such a divison, a coin as small as is desirable in currency ? It is a unit which may be struck in silver without being too large, and in gold without being too small. It is a coin knoewn the workld over ?". 3-1/2 pp on blue paper. 1 vols. 4to
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