A Rare Appointment to the Prestigious Assay Commission, Signed by President Harry Truman

This is the earliest and only the second Assay Commission appointment we have found ever reaching the market

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The Mint Act of 1792 authorized the United States Assay Commission, and it remained an agency of the United States government from 1792 to 1980. Its function was to supervise the annual testing of the gold, silver, and (in its final years) base metal coins produced by the United States Mint to...

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A Rare Appointment to the Prestigious Assay Commission, Signed by President Harry Truman

This is the earliest and only the second Assay Commission appointment we have found ever reaching the market

The Mint Act of 1792 authorized the United States Assay Commission, and it remained an agency of the United States government from 1792 to 1980. Its function was to supervise the annual testing of the gold, silver, and (in its final years) base metal coins produced by the United States Mint to ensure that they met specifications. Beginning in 1797, it met in most years at the Philadelphia Mint, where the members gathered to ensure the weight and fineness of silver and gold coins issued the previous year were to specifications. Although some members were designated by statute, for the most part the commission, which was freshly appointed each year, consisted of prominent Americans, including numismatists, appointed by the President. Appointment to the Assay Commission was eagerly sought after, in part because commissioners received a commemorative medal. These medals, different each year, are extremely rare, with the exception of the 1977 issue, which was sold to the general public.

Clement Kennedy was a well connected politico who served under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and attended the great Atlantic Conference where FDR met with Churchill.

Document signed, the White House, February 14, 1951, appointing Clement Kennedy as “member of the Annual Assay Commission for the year 1951 which will convene at The United States Mint in the City of Philadelphia.”

This is the earliest and only the second Assay Commission appointment we have found ever reaching the market.

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