U.S. Congressional Reports
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Report of the committee ... to inquire into the laws which regulate the coins of the United States, and foreign coins : accompanied with A Bill Continuing .. the Currency of the Crowns and Five Franc Pieces of France
A report from a congressional committee, discussing circulation and exportation of gold and silver coins, and use of foreign coins. The same text appears in the American State Papers, finance (class 3), volume 3, report no. 551.
Paul Hybert summary: "A committee report to the House of Representatives, starting with background information on the use and valuation of gold and silver, and ending with six recommendations as to the silver and gold coinage. The complicated nature of the question and solution of the metallic coinage is shown, quite unintentionally, by mentioning, early in the report, that gold is undervalued with respect to silver and a new ratio between them is needed, while the recommended changes in coin weights preserve the undervalued ratio."
A transcript is at: http://www.chicagocoinclub.org/lib/us/asp/cl03.finance/v3/n551.html