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r Circular No. 3 2 8 3 '1
L November 13, 1947 J


To all Banking Institutions, and Others Concerned,
in the Second Federal Reserve District:

In our Circular No. 3238 dated July 21, 1947, we quoted, for your
information, the text of a joint statement issued by the Secretary of
the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
on July 18,1947, regarding international traffic in gold.
In order to implement the policy announced in such statement, the
Secretary of the Treasury, with the approval of the President, has
issued, effective November 24, 1947, certain amendments to the Provis­
ional Regulations issued under the Gold Reserve Act of 1934.
A copy of a Treasury Department press release dated October 25,
1947, in which the Secretary of the Treasury announced the adoption of
these amendments, is printed on the reverse side. Copies of the amend­
ments (the text of which was published in the

F e d e r a l R e g is te r


October 25, 1947), will be furnished upon request.



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F O R R E L E A S E , M O R N IN G N E W S P A P E R S ,

Press Service

Saturday, October 25, 1947.______________________

No. S-509

Secretary Snyder today announced the adoption of amendments to the Gold Regulations
issued under the Gold Reserve A ct of 1934. These amendments are in furtherance of the request
of the International Monetary Fund that its members take measures to prevent international
transactions in gold at premium prices.

The amendments supplement the statement made by

Secretary Snyder and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System asking Am eri­
can individuals, banks and business enterprises to refrain from encouraging and facilitating
this premium price traffic in gold.

The amended Regulations come into effect on November 24,

Fine gold in bar form, which the Treasury has licensed for export for industrial, professional
or artistic use, has been sold in some instances at premium prices for hoarding. Accordingly, the
present amendments permit only semi-processed gold to be exported for industrial use except
in cases in which the gold will be refined or processed and returned to the United States.
The amended Regulations permit the export of gold refined from imported gold-bearing
material only when the refiners in the United States do not participate in the sale of the refined

In addition, such gold may be exported only when the exportation of gold-bearing mate­

rial from the country of origin and the importation of the refined gold into the country of desti­
nation do not violate the laws of those countries.
In effect, the amendments implement the request of the Monetary Fund by preventing persons
and organizations within the United States from participating in the export of gold for sale at
premium prices.

It is expected that other countries will take measures of a similar nature to

control activities of persons and organizations within their jurisdiction and thereby reduce the
traffic in gold at premium prices to a mimium.

The Treasury is also continuing its study of

gold transactions in which persons within the United States may be participating.
The present amendments also make several changes of an administrative nature in the Gold

One effect of these amendments is to dispense with the requirement that applica­

tions and reports under the Gold Regulations be sworn to before an official authorized to admin­
ister oaths.

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