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Composition, in such proportions, not exceeding twenty-five per centum device, etc. of nickel, as shall be determined by the Director of the Mint, the standard weight of which shall be thirty grains, with no greater deviation than four grains to each piece, and the shape, mottoes, and devices of said coin shall be determined by the Director of the Mint, with the apLaws appll-proval of the Secretary of the Treasury. And the laws now in force relating to the coinage of cents, and providing for the purchase of material and prescribing the appropriate duties of the officers of the Mint, and of the Secretary of the Treasury be, and the same are hereby, extended to the coinage herein provided for.

cable.

Laws relat

ing to coins

tended to this

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That all laws now in and coinage ex- force, relating to the coins of the United States, and the coin, etc. striking and coinage of the same, shall so far as applicable be extended to the coinage herein authorized, whether said laws are penal or otherwise, for the security of the coin, regulating and guarding the process of striking and coining, for preventing debasement, or counterDirector of feiting, or for any other purpose. And the Director of regulations. the Mint shall prescribe suitable regulations to insure a

Mint to make

due conformity to the required weights and proportions of alloy in the said coin, and shall order trials thereof to be made from time to time, by the assayer of the Mint, whereof a report shall be made in writing to the Director.

To be legal tender for 60 cents.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the said coin shall be a legal tender in any payment to the amount of sixty cents. And it shall be lawful to pay out said coins in exchange for the lawful currency of the United States,

The 3-cent (except cents or half-cents or two-cent pieces issued under

coin may

paid out in ex- former acts of Congress,) in suitable sums by the Treas

change law

ful currency, urer of the Mint, and by such other depositaries as the

except, etc.

Secretary of the Treasury may designate, and under gen

Act of Apr. eral regulations approved by the Secretary of the Treas

2, 1792.

Expenses, how paid.

Act of Apr. ury. And under the like regulations the same may be

22. 1864.

12, 1873, sec.

16.

Act of Feb. exchanged in suitable sums for any lawful currency of the United States; and the expenses incident to such exchange, distribution, and transmission, may be paid out of the profits of said coinage, and the net profits of said coinage, ascertained in like manner as is prescribed in the second section of the act entitled "An act relating to foreign coins, and the coinage of cents at the Mint of the United States," approved February twenty-first, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, shall be transferred to the Treas

note to be is

cents.

ury of the United States: Provided, That from and after No fractional the passage of this act, no issues of fractional notes of the sued under 5 United States shall be of a less denomination, than five cents, and all such issues of a less denomination, at that time outstanding, shall, when paid into the Treasury or any designated depositary of the United States, or redeemed or exchanged as now provided by law, be retained and cancelled.

(Section 4 prescribes a penalty for knowingly making or passing counterfeits of such coins.)

"In God we trust," may be

is

SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That, in addition to the devices and legends upon the gold, silver, and other placed on coins coins of the United States, it shall be lawful for the sued. Director of the Mint, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, to cause the motto " In God we trust" to be placed upon such coins hereafter to be issued as shall admit of such legend thereon.

2-cent coins to

der only for 4

SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That the one and One-cent and two cent coins of the United States shall not be a legal be a legal tentender for any payment exceeding four cents in amount; cents. and so much of the laws of the United States heretofore enacted as are in conflict with the provisions of this act, are hereby repealed. Approved, March 3, 1865.

ACT OF MAY 16, 1866.

CHAP. LXXXI.-An act to authorize the coinage of fivecent pieces.

14 Stat. L.,

47.

Five-cent pieces to be

per and

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, so soon as practicable after the passage of this act, there shall be coined at the Mint of the United coined of copStates a five-cent piece composed of copper and nickel, in such proportions, not exceeding twenty-five per centum of nickel, as shall be determined by the Director of the Mint, the standard weight of which shall be seventy-Weight, seven and sixteen hundredths grains, with no greater etc." deviation than two grains to each piece; and the shape, mottoes and devices of said coin shall be determined by the Director of the Mint, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury; and the laws now in force relating Laws relating to the coinage of cents, and providing for the purchase of cents, etc., to material, and prescribing the appropriate duties of the coinage.

to coinage of apply to this

officers of the Mint and the Secretary of the Treasury, be. and the same are hereby, extended to the coinage herein provided for.

Laws relating

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That all laws now in tended to this force relating to the coins of the United States, and the

to coins ex

act so far as applicable.

as to alloy.

striking and coining of the same, shall, so far as applicable, be extended to the coinage herein authorized, whether said laws are penal or otherwise, for the security of the coin, regulating and guarding the process of striking and coining, for preventing debasement or counterRegulations feiting, or for any other purpose. And the Director of the Mint shall prescribe suitable regulations to insure a due conformity to the required weights and proportions of alloy in the said coin, and shall order trials thereof to be made from time to time by the assayer of the Mint, whereof a report shall be made in writing to the Director. To be legal SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That said coin shall amount of $1. be a legal tender in any payment to the amount of one

Report.

tender to

To be paid in dollar. And it shall be lawful to pay out such coins exchange for in exchange for the lawful currency of the United States, Actor Apr. (except cents, or half cents, or two-cent pieces, issued Act of Apr. under former acts of Congress,) in suitable sums, by the

currency.

of

2, 1792.

22, 1864.

treasurer of the Mint, and by such other depositaries as the Secretary of the Treasury may designate, and under general regulations approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. And under the like regulations the same may be exchanged in suitable sums for any lawful currency of the United States, and the expenses incident to such exchange, distribution, and transmission may be paid out of the profits of said coinage; and the net profits of said coinage, as ascertained in the manner prescribed in the second section of the act entitled "An act relating to foreign coins and the coinage of cents at the Mint of the United States," approved February twenty-first, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven, shall be transferred to the

No fractional Treasury of the United States: Provided, That from

currency

of

less than 10 and after the passage of this act no issues of fractional

cents to be 1s

sued, and old notes of the United States shall be of a less denomination

issues to be canceled.

Revised Statutes, 3573.

than ten cents; and all such issues at that time outstand

ing shall, when paid into the Treasury or any designated depository of the United States, or redeemed or exchanged as now provided by law, be retained and cancelled.

(Section 4 denounces the unauthorized making of such coins.)

in sums

than $100.

SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That it shall be law- May be reful for the Treasurer and the several assistant treasurers of not less of the United States to redeem in national currency, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the coin herein authorized to be issued, when presented in sums of not less than one hundred dollars.

Approved, May 16, 1866.

JOINT RESOLUTION OF MARCH 22, 1867.

[No. 6.] Joint resolution in relation to certain coin and bullion on special deposit in the Treasury.

ACT OF JULY 20, 1868.

CHAP. CLXXVII.—An act making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for the year ending June thirty, eighteen hundred and sixty-nine, and for other purposes.

Certain coin and bullion on

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the one hundred thousand dollars, or thereabout, in coin and bullion, now on special deposit in special deposit the Treasury of the United States, after said bullion is ury to be conconverted by directions of the Treasurer into coin, be coin and paid paid into the Treasury. Approved, March 22, 1867.

in the Treas

verted into

into the Treasury.

*

Approved, July 20, 1868.

*

*

*

branches to reand not to con

*: Provided, That the Mint of the United, Mint and States, and branches, shall continue to refine gold and fine bullion. silver bullion, and no contract to exchange crude or un- tract to exparted bullion for refined bars shall be made until authorized by law.

change, etc.

*

15 Stat. L.,

*

21.

ACT OF FEBRUARY 19, 1869.

CHAP. XXXIII.-An act to locate and establish an assay office in the Territory of Idaho.

15 Stat. L.,

114.

15 Stat. L.,

270.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a United States assay office be located and established at Boise City, in the Territory of Idaho, for lished at Boise the assaying of gold and silver. For the carrying on of

Assay office to be estab

City, Idaho.

Officers.

59.

the business of said office the following officers shall be appointed, as soon as the public interest shall require their service, upon the nomination of the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, namely: One superintendent, one assayer, and one melter and refiner, and two clerks, and the superintendent may employ as many subordinate workmen and laborers, under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury, as may be required. (Rest of section authorizes and fixes salaries.)

(Section 2 directs that officers and clerks shall take oaths and give bonds.)

Director of

mint to con

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the general duct the busi-direction of the business of said assay office of the United States shall be under the control and regulation of the director of the mint at Philadelphia, subject to the ap

ness.

Regulations, probation of the Secretary; and for that purpose it shall

returns

"

charges, etc. be the duty of the said director to prescribe such regulations, and to require such returns periodically and occasionally, and to establish such charges for parting, assaying, melting, and refining, as shall appear to him to be necessary for the purpose of carrying into effect the intention of this act in establishing said assay office.

Assay office to be place of

SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That said assay deposit for office shall be a place of deposit for such public moneys

public moneys.

1846, ch. 90. as the Secretary of the Treasury may direct. And the

Vol. IX, p.

superintendent of said assay office who shall perform the duties of treasurer thereof, shall have the custody of the same, and also perform the duties of assistant treasurer; and for that purpose shall be subject to all the provisions contained in an act (entitled) "An act to provide for the better organization of the treasury, and for the collection, safe-keeping, transfer and disbursement of the public revenue," approved August sixth, eighteen hundred and forty-six, which relates to the treasury of the branch mint of New Orleans.

Certificates SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That the superin

of deposit to

be issued intendent of said assay office be authorized, under the di

payment of

gold dust, etc.; rection of the Secretary of the Treasury, and on terms to be prescribed by him, to issue in payment of the gold dust and bullion deposited for assay and coinage, or bars, drafts, or certificates of deposit, in sums of not less than where payable. One hundred dollars, payable at the treasury, or any subtreasury of the United States, to any depositor electing to receive payment in that form.

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