Bits, Fips and Mean Silver

Kays, Tom
June 2006
Virginia Numismatist;Summer2006, Vol. 42 Issue 3, p7
The article presents information on the circulation of money in the early 19th century in the United States along with the illustrations of early coins. It informs about coins that were excavated from the civil war sites. It reflects that mainly three kinds of coins were circulated in the nation namely, the English, the Spanish and the United States varieties. The most popular small silver coin in this period was the Spanish Colonial half bit.


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