The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret
by Mark Ferguson . . . Chronicling the true story of the Dexter 1804 Dollar – “The King of American Coins.”
HIDDEN BEHIND THE VEIL OF HISTORY, the United States Mint has held a secret for more than two centuries. According to official records, 19,570 silver dollars were coined by the U.S. Mint during the year 1804. However, just fifteen silver dollars dated “1804” are known. What happened to all the rest?
Rumors, myths and legends have grown up around these multi-million dollar rarities, but the secret of this saga in American history has never been fully revealed – it has disappeared with people who have passed. The legend of The Dollar of 1804 has grown so great, this silver dollar has become known as “The King of American Coins.”
This book reveals its story through the chronicles of one of the most famous of the 1804 Dollars – the “Dexter Dollar,” named after the first American collector who owned it: James Vila Dexter. Based on long-lost evidence from American history, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret reveals fresh, new facts about the U.S. Mint’s age-old secret.
“Thank you for adding to my and everyone’s 1804 excitement.”
–Eric P. Newman, Numismatic Scholar and Author
“Mark Ferguson is a particularly appropriate chronicler of this fascinating tale….The Truth about the Dexter Dollar has been well concealed, so well hidden that it eluded even the indefatigable sleuthing of Eric P. Newman and Kenneth E. Bressett. Mark Ferguson, in bringing that Truth to light, adds his name to the roster of distinguished scholars who have patiently labored to document the facts about the fabled 1804 dollar. . . The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret, will make for a fascinating addition to the bookshelf of works about this storied coin.”
–Excerpts from the Foreword by Joel J. Orosz, Co-author, The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint
“Reading like a novel, this true story takes place from 1884, with the discovery of a rare 1804-dated silver dollar, and continues to unfold over the next 130 years. Ferguson’s exhaustive research and discoveries shed new light on the history of the Dexter 1804 Dollar and others like it, disproving old myths.”
–W. David Perkins, Early American Silver Dollar Expert
“Drawing extensively from original sources, including previously unexplored letters in the ANS Archives from the firm of S.H. and H. Chapman in the 1880s, Mark Ferguson lays a solid foundation for new conclusions about the celebrated dollar of 1804. Rumors more than a century old have now been dismissed in favor of a factual story that turns out to be as fascinating as most of the invented ones.”
–David Hill, Archivist, American Numismatic Society