FG 151 (Joint Commission on the Coinage) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

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Organizational Note

The Joint Commission on the Coinage was established under the authority of the Coinage Act of 1965. It was a Presidential advisory committee within the jurisdiction of the Executive Office of the President. The Commission terminated in 1974.

The Commission was established to study the progress made in the implementation of the coinage program established by the Coinage Act of 1965. The Commission reviewed such matters as the need for coins, the standards for the coinage, technological developments in metallurgy and coin-selector devices, the availability and circumstances under which the United States should cease to maintain the price of silver and other considerations relevant to the maintenance of an adequate and stable coinage system. The Commission gave advice and recommendations, with respect to these matters to the President, Secretary of the Treasury and the Congress.

The Commission consisted of the Secretary of the Treasury; Secretary of Commerce; Director, Office of Management and Budget; DIrector, Bureau of the Mint; 12 members of Congress; and 8 representatives of the general public appointed by the President.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence and a memorandum to files. Primary correspondents include President Richard M. Nixon and White House staff Peter M. Flanigan, William E. Timmons, Kenneth BeLieu and Lyn Nofziger. There is also correspondence with Eugene T. Rosside.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 151 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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