FISCAL: Small Change

In April 1792, Congress passed and President Washington signed a bill declaring: "If any of the gold or silver coins . . . shall be debased or made worse as to the proportion of fine gold or fine silver therein contained or shall be of less weight or value than the same ought to be ... through the default or connivance of any of the officers or person who shall be employed at the said Mint . . . every such officer or person . . shall be deemed guilty of Felony and shall...

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