The Boston Seminar on Early American History Presents:
Colonial Mints and the Rise of Technocratic Expertise in the British Atlantic, 1650-1715
(Previously titled: Making Money in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: the Boston Mint, 1652-1686)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA
Mara Caden, MHS-NEH Fellow
Comment: Penelope Ismay, Boston College
Governors, assemblies, and inhabitants of Britain’s American colonies routinely tried to set up mints to coin money during the seventeenth century, including in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This paper explains why every effort to establish a mint in British America failed, with the exception of the Boston mint, and why the mint in Boston was shut down in the 1680s. It explores the ways in which the Officers of the Royal Mint employed technical knowledge to curtail monetary autonomy in Britain’s overseas dominions. Finally, it examines the rise and fall of a strategy that colonial governments used to try to attract foreign coins to their shores in lieu of minting their own money.
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