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Jul 05 2020

Newman Portal Adds Money of the United States

While our scanning machines are inactive due to the epidemic, Newman Portal continues to build a curated numismatic library from various electronic sources. A recent addition is Money of the United States (1942), a 31-page overview of the Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing, published by the Washington Service Bureau. The work is clearly compiled from secondary sources and includes a reproduction of Edwin Lamasure’s iconic image of the first United States Mint, here presented as “Ye Old Mint.”
 
A Google search locates a description of the Bureau in May 1918, noting it’s charter “…to direct the thousands of persons who arrive daily in Washington…to get to the proper Government department. The bureau will also give information concerning Government activities….” The “information” apparently included publications providing overviews of various government operations, in this case the Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing. If this is the case, this publication acted as somewhat of a visitor’s guide, similar to the popular Evans guides sold by the thousands to Mint visitors in the late 19th century.  

Link to Money of the United States on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/585633
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