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In 1860-61, the Director of the Mint (J.R. Snowden) wishing a more extended and complete cabinet of ores, [[strikethrough]]and[[/strikethrough]] minerals, ^[[and shells]] for metallurgic illustration, accepted the offer of a large collection ^[[owned by Mr. Booth,]] consisting of 2061 specimens. By agreement of parties they were appraised by a third person, versed in mineralogy, and the pieces were afterwards arranged, classified, and put in paper trays. About one hundred of these are in the cases of the Mint Cabinet; the remainder are in cases in the Director's room. This collection was bought out of the ordinary funds, and being therefore foreign to the special appropriation "for specimens of ores and coins" is not contained in the foregoing accounts. The following is a note of the bills paid, on this transaction, as found in the Mint accounts.

Novemr 26, 1860, Bill of John J. Reese, for 800 specimens of ores and minerals }    | 345.00
Febry 21, 1861, bill of same, for 1261 ores, | [[underline]] 378.30 [[/underline]]
 | 723.30

Octr 1, 1860, Bill of W.A. Rogers, for arranging the minerals, 190 days at $1.50 } | 285.00
Febry 26, 1861, Bill of same, for 1949 paper trays at $1.25 per hundred } | [[underline]] 24.36 [[/underline]]
 | 1032.66

The bills certified by J.C. Booth, Melter & Refiner.
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