FISCAL: Trial of the Coins

FISCAL Trial of theCoins This week, as on every second Wednesday in February for the last 152 years, the Trial of the Coins was held at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. One of the few purely traditional ceremonies in U.S. government, it passed almost unnoticed.

The coins—261,064 of them—had piled up all last year in the pyx box*—one coin from each batch (or part thereof) of 2,000 silver coins delivered from the coining room to the superintendent of all U.S. mints during the year. The Assay Commission (eleven Presidential civilian appointees, three ex-officio members), using the official mint weights, went to...

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