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1732: The German Who Was the First Director of the United States Mint

1732: The German Who Was the First Director of the United States Mint
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David Rittenhouse was a multifaceted scientist, similar to Croatian Jesuit Ruđer Bošković (born in Dubrovnik), who was his contemporary. The United States Mint was established in 1792. It produces 10 billion coins per year.

David Rittenhouse, a scientist of German origin, was born near Germantown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1732. He became the first director of the United States Mint. His peer George Washington was also born in 1732, and they collaborated closely.

David Rittenhouse was a multifaceted scientist, similar to Croatian Jesuit Ruđer Boškovic (born in Dubrovnik), who was his contemporary. They studied astronomy and mathematics. David Rittenhouse was one of the first people in North America who invented a telescope. Bošković and Rittenhouse were members of the London Royal Society, and Rittenhouse also was a member of the American Philosophical Society. The president of this institution was the famous Benjamin Franklin (Rittenhouse became its president after Franklin’s death).

The United States Mint was established in 1792. Mass production of coins began in 1793. It is interesting to note that the United States Mint produces 10 billion coins per year. It even produced more than that during some years (more than 28 billion American coins were produced in 2000).

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