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John Daggett


Born in Newark, New York. Sailed for California and arrived June 30, 1852. Served as Postmaster in Sawyer’s Bar, California, in 1857. Superintendent of a silver mine in Aurora, Nevada 1860 to 1865. Married Alice Foree in December 1870. They had six children including Hallie Morse Daggett (12/19/1878-10/19/1964). Elected to the state legislature and served as lieutenant governor 1882 to 1888.

Superintendent of the San Francisco Mint August 1, 1893, to July 31, 1997. It was during his term that the 1894-S Barber dime was produced. It has been reported that he gave three pieces to his daughter, Hallie Daggett. The popular story is that she spent one 1894-S dime to buy ice cream. She sold the two remaining pieces to Earl Parker in 1950.

bio: NUM 107 Feb 1994

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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