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1779 Certificates Of Exchange Signed By Two Coiners Of Connecticut Coppers: Samuel Bishop & Jeremiah Platt
1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Lot of Two (2) Certificates Of Exchange Signed By Two Prominent Coiners Of Connecticut Coppers, Signed, “Samuel Bishop” And “Jeremiah Platt”, both Choice Crisp Extremely Fine.
Samuel Bishop and three investment partners in October of 1785, were granted the privilege of Coining Coppers by the State of Connecticut. Bishop and the others involved were not coiners themselves, rather they hoped to turn a profit from the undertaking. Soon thereafter, three additional investors and Abel Buell, a silversmith and diemaker and the only partner to actually participate in the daily operations of the enterprise, joined Bishop and the others, marking the birth of “The Company for Coining Coppers” (read more online).

1. October 30, 1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Partly-Printed Document Signed, “Saml. Bishop.”, 7.75” x 4.25”, 1 page, Hartford. The Document reads, in part: “RECEIVED of JOHN LAWRENCE, Commissioner of the Loan Office for the State of Connecticut One Sett of Bills of Exchange for Eighteen Dollars … being for the interest arisen on one Continental Certificate in favour of Mr. Philip Rexford… Saml. Bishop”.

2. March 1, 1779-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Partly-Printed Document Signed, “Jeremiah Platt, 8” x 4.75”, 1 page, Hartford. This Document reads, in part: “RECEIVED of JOHN LAWRENCE, Commissioner of the Loan Office for the State of Connecticut, Five Setts of Bills of Exchange for 3 dollars each and one Sett for twenty four Dollars… being for Interest arisen on Nine Continental Certificates, in favor of Mr. Eliphalet Brush… Jeremiah Platt”. (2 items)
Samuel Bishop and three investment partners in October of 1785, were granted the privilege of coining coppers by the state of Connecticut. Bishop and the others involved were not coiners themselves, rather they hoped to turn a profit from the undertaking. Soon thereafter, three additional investors and Abel Buell, a silversmith and diemaker and the only partner to actually participate in the daily operations of the enterprise, joined Bishop and the others, marking the birth of The Company for Coining Coppers.

The company continued steady production of Connecticut coppers into the summer of 1786 when their operations were suspended and then subcontracted for a period due to a lack of copper. Following this six week subcontract, the original partners again assumed control of the company until it was dissolved and reorganized as James Jarvis and Company in June of 1787.

This reorganized company was based out of in a complex owned by Mintmaster Samuel Broome, partner of Jeremiah Platt, Jarvis’ father-in-law. Platt and Broome, both affluent New York merchant, soon subcontracted the coinage business from Jarvis, expanding minting to three locations: Morris Cove, Westville, and New Haven.

According to available records, it appears that the majority of Fugio cents and Connecticut Coppers from this period were coined by Broome and Platt, with the co-founder and die-maker of the now defunct The Company for Coining Coppers, Able Buel, acting as a principal die-sinker.

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1779 Conn. Copper Coiners Bishop + Platt Signed!

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