David L. Ganz


The time has come for change -for the recodification, revision, and modernization of American minting and coinage laws. The purposes of this Article are multi-fold; to examine current coinage laws, to discuss a revision proposed in1973, to present views expressed and heard by Congress in recent times, and to mesh these points in such a manner that a more viable series of minting and coinage laws will emerge. Involved in this inter-twining will be several competing interests: those of the Department of the Treasury and its subsidiary Bureau of the Mint; to the extent that their functions overlap, the Bureau of the Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; the private commercial minting entities and the United States Mint; coin collectors; the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System, manufacturer and distributor of coinage; and commercial and individual consumers, primary users of the nation's coin supply.

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