Wilson Dollars circulated and were used as currency!
I'm a fan of the Wilson Dollar as they commemorate the opening of a US mint.
While looking up some info on it this morning, I read that they circulated from ATS which I found very interesting. Does anyone know about this and is there any more information on these being used as currency?
As Spain had ceded the Philippine Islands to the United States after the Spanish-American War in December 1898, the new mint was to strike coinage that would replace the Spanish colonial money that was circulating. The Philippine Mint records show that 2,000 medals were struck on the first day of operation but does not clarify what metal type these were. While they were never legal tender, the pieces circulated in the Philippines prior to World War II. The mintage records show the following:
- 2,200 pieces in silver (HK-449)
- 3,700 pieces in copper (HK-450)
- 5 pieces in gold (HK-1031)