Full text of Coinage Act of 1849
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THIRTIETH CONGRESS. S ess. II. Ch. 109. 1849. 397 called the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, whose salary shall be three thousand dollars per annum, payable iti the same manner as that an(j duties, of the Secretary of the Treasury, who shall examine all letters, con tracts and warrants, prepared for the signature of the Secretary of the Treasury, and who shall perform all such other duties in the office of the Secretary of the Treasury, now performed by some of his clerks, as may be devolved on him by the Secretary of the Treasury; who shall also appoint a clerk at a salary of seventeen hundred dollars per clerk at gl700 annum, who shall perform such duties as a clerk in the Treasury I^e- per to be partinent, in aid of said Assistant Secretary, as may be assigned to him appointed, bv the Secretary of the Treasury. S ec. 14. And be it f urther enacted, That the Secretary of theTreas- an| Ies^ t"f®rsof ury shall transfer from the office of the First Comptroller one of his Mnti’ngent messengers, to perform the same duties in the office of the Commis- fund to be transsioner of Customs, as also such portion of the contingent fund of the c^ptroX/sofoffice of the First Comptroller as may be required in that of the Com- fice and Treasmissioner of Customs, in consequence of the transfer of clerks from one office to another, or the transfer of a messenger from that office mission”of C™to another. And the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer one of toms and Dehis messengers to the office of the Secretary of the Interior, as also ^ t“ ent of In* such portion of the contingent fund of the office of the Secretary of the Treasury as may be required in the office of the Secretary of the Interior, in consequence of the transfer of clerks from one department to the other. S ec . 15. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this act con- a^ 1| s 0|'” *1 | ip ^ tained shall be so construed as to affect or impair any of the powers 0“ Secretary conferred, or‘ duties devolved, on the Secretary of* the Treasury, in 0f the Treasury relation to the transfer, safe-keeping, or disbursement of public moneys, treasury by the act of the sixth of August, one thousand eight hundred and act not to be imforty-six, entitled “ An Act to provide for the better organization of the paired, treasury, and for the collection, safe-keeping, transfer, and disburse- *1846, ch. 90. ment of the public revenue.” A p p r o v e d , March 3, 1849. Chap. CIX. — Jin Jlct to authorize the Coinage o f Gold Dollars and Double March 3, 1849. Eagles. Be it enacted by the Senate and House o f Representatives o f the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be, from time to time, struck and coined at the mint of the United States, and the branches thereof, conformably in all respects to law, (except that on the reverse of the gold dollar the figure of the eagle shall be omitted,) and conformably in all respects to the standard for gold coins now established by law, coins of gold of the following denominations and values, viz.: double eagles, each to be of the value of twenty dol lars, or units, and gold dollars, each to be of the value of one dollar, or unit. S ec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, for all sums whatever, the double eagle shall be a legal tender for twenty dollars, and the gold dollar shall be a legal tender for one dollar. S e c . 3. And be it further enacted, That all laws now in force in relation to the coins of the United States, and the striking and coining the same, shall, so far as applicable, have full force and effect in relation to the coins herein authorized, whether the said laws are penal or otherwise; and whether they are for preventing counterfeiting or debasement, for protecting the currency, for regulating and guarding the process of striking and coining, and the preparations therefor, or for the security of the coin, or for any other purpose. S ec . 4. And be it further enacted, That, in adjusting the weights ^^"^eagles a°^ goid^ollar* authorized, be legal ten. ders. A ll laws now ™ ctfin a 0n°to of the U. States coins'?ierein thorized. Weights of gold coins. 398 THIRTIETH CONGRESS. S e s s . II. C h . 110. 1849. of gold coins henceforward, the following deviations from the standard weight shall not be exceeded in any of the single pieces— namely, in the double eagle, the eagle, and the half eagle, one half of a grain, and in the quarter eagle, and gold dollar, one quarter of a grain; and that, in weighing a large number of pieces together, when delivered from the chief coiner to the treasurer, and from the treasurer to the deposit ors, the deviation from the standard weight shall not exceed three pennyweights in one thousand double eagles; two pennyweights in one thousand eagles; one and one half pennyweights in one thousand half eagles; one pennyweight in one thousand quarter eagles; and one half of a pennyweight in one thousand gold dollars. A p p r o v e d , March 3, 1849. March 3, 1849. C hap. CX. — An Act requiring all Moneys receivable fro m Customs and from all other Sources to be paid immediately into the Treasury, without Abatement or Reduction, and fo r other Purposes. Be it enacted, by the Senate and House o f Representatives o f the United States o f America in Congress assembled, That from and after the thirtieth day of June, eighteen hundred and forty-nine, the gross amount of all duties received from customs, from the sales of public lands, and from all miscellaneous sources, for the use of the United States, shall be paid by the officer or agent receiving the same into the treasury of the United States at as early a day as practicable, without any abatement or deduction on account of salary, fees, costs, charges, expenses, or claim of any description whatever: Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to alter the existing laws regulating the collection of the revenues of the Post-Office De partment. Appropriations S e c . 2. And be it further enacted, That so much money as may be for debentures necessary for the payment of debentures or drawbacks, bounties and or drawbacks. allowances, which are or may be authorized and payable after the day aforesaid, be, and the same are hereby, appropriated for that purpose out of any money in the treasury, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of that department, according to the laws authorizing Proviso. said debentures or drawbacks, bounties, and allowances: Provided, That the collectors of the customs shall be the disbursing agents to pay the aforesaid debentures, drawbacks, bounties, and allowances; and that all debenture certificates issued according to law shall be received in payment of duties at the custom-house where the same has been issued, the laws regulating drawbacks having been complied with. Secr’y of the S f.c . 3. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the duty of the Treasury to sub mit to bongress Secretary of the Treasury to submit to Congress, at the commence estimates of ap ment of the next regular session, estimates of appropriations which may propriations ne be required to provide for the expenses of collecting the revenue from cessary to pro vide for expenses customs, and also from the public lands, for the second half of the next of collecting the fiscal year, and separate estimates for the said purpose for the year revenue, &c. ending the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and fifty, and similar estimates from year to year thereafter. Appropriations S e c . 4. And be it further enacted, That so much money as may be for expenses of collecting the necessary to pay the expenses of collections referred to in the next revenues. preceding section, including the first half of the next fiscal year, and until specific appropriations for the objects shall be made by Congress, be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury, to be expended after the thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and Proviso : ex forty-nine, under the direction of the Secretary thereof, conformably penses of col to law and regulation: Provided, That the expenses of collecting the lecting revenue revenue from customs shall not thereafter exceed the sum of one limited. The gross amount of all moneys received for the use of the United States to be paid into the Treasury •without deauc tion. Proviso.