Grading Service: PCGS
SKU: 143701
Cert Number: 38963828
Bring This Coin to Life
In 1799, the United States experienced a number of interesting events and developments. The Logan Act was passed on January 30, prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments, a measure that has implications even in contemporary American diplomacy. The year also saw the foundation of the Russian-American Company on July 8, marking an early instance of American involvement in international business ventures. Additionally, New York took a progressive step by passing a law aimed at gradually abolishing slavery within the state on March 29, reflecting early efforts towards civil rights and social justice. An intriguing event was the Carolina Gold Rush, initiated by a 12-year-old Conrad John Reed who discovered a ""heavy yellow rock"" in North Carolina. This rock, later identified as gold by his father in 1802, marked the beginning of the first gold rush in the U.S. This incident underscores the accidental and often personal nature of significant historical discoveries. 1799 was notably marked by the death of George Washington between ten and eleven at night on December 14 surrounded by Martha Washington, his physician and good friend Dr. James Craik, and Tobias Lear, his personal secretary. His last words were "Tis Well". Washington's death was a pivotal moment in American history as the nation mourned the loss of its first president and a foundational figure in its independence and early governance. These facts from 1799 illustrate a year of significant legal, economic, and social developments, alongside personal stories of discovery and loss that collectively contributed to the early shaping of the United States"
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