How Early Commerce Started with Mormon Gold


Many individuals consider the U.S. authorities was the primary group to mint gold mined in California. In reality, this historic touchstone belongs to Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah.

The origin of this story, nevertheless, doesn’t start in Salt Lake Metropolis. As an alternative, it begins in San Diego in the course of the Mexican-American Struggle. This was the vacation spot of the Mormon Battalion. Throughout their march some members of the battalion traveled north and ultimately began working for James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Throughout this era the Mormon Battalion members assisted Marshall in discovering gold in early 1848. This discover is a part of what sparked the California Gold rush.

In time the Mormon Battalion based their very own mining city referred to as Mormon Island. The situation proved to be invaluable resulting in extra gold discoveries.

In time, LDS president Brigham Younger, and different officers John Taylor, and John Kay started work on dies for use within the minting of the gold. By the top of 1848 Mormon members had their first gold cash. These authentic items had the phrases “Pure Gold” printed on one facet and “Holiness of the Lord” on the opposite.

Ultimately, the phrases “Pure Gold” had been changed with “S.L.C.P.G.” which is an abbreviation for Salt Lake Metropolis Pure Gold. These first cash included a picture of a Phrygian cap which resembled the design of early cash minted by the US authorities. Beneath the cap was a design of the “eye of Jehovah” and an image of arms shaking which symbolized friendship.

These designs modified over time. In 1860, Mormons minted items utilizing gold sourced in Colorado. These cash included pictures of a lion and a beehive. A part of the rationale for these new designs was to assist territorial gold collectors establish them as belonging to a distinct sub sort.

There have been a complete of six totally different coin designs. The primary items minted in 1848 had been $10 cash and had been notated with a 1849 mint 12 months. Different cash with this 12 months had been of $2.50, $5, and $20 values.

Different variations had been minted in 1850 and 1860. The overall variety of minted cash was low, estimated to be roughly 4,000 items.

By 1861, Utah territory governor Alfred Cumming put an finish to the minting of Mormon cash. Individuals shortly discovered the cash to be wanting, as their weights had been usually below-grade. The $5.00 coin was estimated to carry solely $4.30 in gold. These cash had been thus accepted in commerce at a reduction and lots of fell sufferer to the melting pot.

These early cash have given credence to the argument that Brigham Younger was a vital a part of growing the coin system that got here to outline commerce within the early days of the U.S.  It’s seemingly that these cash helped spark commerce among the many early territories and subsequently accelerated the event of the nation.

These items stay uncommon and are sometimes wanted by collectors. They signify a pioneer spirit, industriousness, and the enduring energy of friendship.

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