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(T. D. 25921.) Values of foreign coins.

[Circular No. 1.]

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, January 1, 1905. In pursuance of the provisions of section 25 of the act of August 28, 1894, I hereby proclaim the following estimate by the Director of the Mint of the values of foreign coins to be the values of such coins in terms of the money of account of the United States, to be followed in estimating the value of all foreign merchandise exported to the United States on and after January 1, 1905, expressed in any of such metallic currencies.

ROBERT B. ARMSTRONG, Acting Secretary.

ESTIMATE BY DIRECTOR OF THE MINT OF VALUES OF FOREIGN Coins.

Country.

Standard.

Monetary unit.

Value in
terms of
U.S.gold
dollar.

Coins.

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Gold: argentine ($4.824) and year.

gentine. Silver: peso and divisions. Gold: former system - 4 floring

(81.929), 8 florins ($3.858), ducat ($2.287) and 4 ducats ($9.149). Sil.

ver: 1 and 2 florins. Gold: present system--20 crowns

($4.052); 10 crowns ($2.026 Gold: 10 and 20 francs. Silver: 5

francs. Silver: boliviano and divisions. Gold: 5, 10, and 20 milreis. Silver:

%. 1, and 2 milreis.

Gold.....

. 193 .431 .546 1.000

Belgium. ........' Gold...... Franc ......
Bolivia.......... Silver .... Boliviano.
Brazil.....

Milreis.....
British Posses- , Gold...... Dollar........
sions, N. A.
(except New.

foundland). Central Ameri

can States-
Costa Rica....' Gold...... Colon........
British Hon-

duras...... Gold...... Dollar.......
Guatemala..)
Honduras...l

Silver.... Peso................
Nicaragua ..

Salvador....
Chile...... Gold...... Peso.........

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ESTIMATE BY DIRECTOR OF THE MINT OF VALUES OF FOREIGN COINS—Continued.

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Amoy
Canton
Cheefoo
Chin Kiang..
Fuchau...
Haikwan

(customs).

Hankow..
Silver .... Tael Hongkong

Nankin
Niuchwang..
Ningpo...
Pekin
Shanghai
Swatow..
Takau

Tientsin..
Gold...... Dollar

Colombia......

Cuba .......

Gold...... Peso

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.699 .663 .679 .689 .645 .653 .711

685 1.000 Gold: condor ($9.647) and double

condor. Silver: peso. .910

Gold: Doubloon Isabella, centen

($5.017). Alphonse ($4.8:23). Silver:

peso. 268 Gold: 10 and 20 crowns. 487 Gold: 10 sucres ($4.8665). Silver:

sucre and divisions. 4.943 Gold: pound (100 piasters), 5, 10, 20,

and 50 piasters. Silver: 1, 2, 5, 10,

and 20 piasters. Gold: 20 marks ($3.859), 10 marks

(31.93) 193 Gold: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 francs. Sil.

ver: 5 francs. 238 Gold: 5, 10, and 20 marks. 4.866%4 Gold: sovereign (pound sterling) and

yg sovereign. .193

Gold: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 drachmas.

Silver: 5 drachmas. 965 Gold: 1, 2, 5, and 10 gourdes. Silver:

gourde and divisions.
4.8664 Gold: sovereign (pound sterling).

Silver: rupee and divisions.
Gold: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 lire. Sil-

ver: 5 lire.
Gold: 5, 10, and 20 yen. Silver: 10,

20, and 50 sen. 1.000 408 Gold: dollar ($0.983), 249, 5, 10, and

20 dollars. Silver: dollar (or peso)

and divisions.
.402 Gold: 10 florins. Silver: 4, 1, and

24 florins.
1.014 Gold: ? dollars ($2.027).
.268 Gold: 10 and 20 crowns.

Gold: 19. 1, and 2 tomans ($3.409). Sil

ver: 4,4, 1, 2, and 5 krans. 487 Gold: libra (34.8665), Silver: sol and

divisions. 500 Silver peso: 50, 20, and 10 centavos. 1.080 Gold: 1,2,5, and 10 milreis. .515 Gold: imperial, 15 rubles ($7.718),

and y, imperial, 745 rubles ($3.859).

Silver: 44, 49, and 1 ruble.
Gold: 25 pesetas. Silver: 5 pesetas.
Gold: 10 and 20 crowns.
Gold: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 francs.

Silver: 5 francs.

Gold: 25, 50, 100, 250, and 500 piastere, 1.034 Gold: peso.

Silver: peso and divisions. 193 Gold: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 bolivars.

Silver: 5 bolivars.

Lira..

. 193

Italy
Japan
Liberia....
Mexico.

Gold...... Yen

.498

Gold...... Dollar
Silver..... Dollar

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Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Uruguay
Venezuela

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* The “British dollar" has the same legal value as the Mexican dollar in Hongkong, and Labuan.

+ The sovereign is the standard coin of India, but the rupee ($0.32144) is the money of account, current at 15 to the sovereign.

NOTE.- The coins of silver-standard countries are valued by their pure silver contents, at the average market price of silver for the three months preceding the date of this circular.

(T. D. 25922.) Customs uniforms.

(Circular No. 3.)

TREASURY DEPARTMENT, January 3, 1905. To principal officers of the customs and others concerned:

The following regulations requiring and governing the uniforming of officers and employees in the Customs Service are hereby promulgated and strict compliance therewith will be required and observed :

The following classes of officers and employees in all customs districts are required to be uniformed when on duty:

Inspectors; boarding officers, under whatever designation they may have, including collector's clerks, who take passengers' declarations on shipboard; night inspectors; examiners of passengers' baggage; weighers; assistant weighers; gaugers; assistant gaugers; watchmen at the docks; inside watchmen; messengers; attendants; and samplers.

UNIFORM. The uniform shall consist of coat, vest, trousers, and cap of dark blue cloth-not serge-except that the cap of examiners of passengers' baggage on the docks shall be of red cloth. The overcoat shall be of dark-blue cloth, but is not a required part of the uniform.

UNIFORM FOR WINTER WEAR.

The uniform for winter wear shall be made as follows :

Coat.—The coat shall be a double-breasted sack, ends cut square, four buttons on each side and two on each sleeve, with outside pockets; lower, one on each side; upper, one on left side; one small ticket pocket on right side; and an inside pocket on upper right side. All pockets to be of liberal size, and all those on the outside, except the upper left outside one, to have flaps.

l'est.-The vest shall be single breasted, without collar, with six buttons, four outside pockets, without flaps, and one inside pocket.

Trousers.—The trousers shall be plain, with two side and two hip pockets and one watch pocket, with bands front and back on inside at bottom.

Cap.-The cap shall be of dark blue cloth, not serge (except for examiners of passengers' baggage, which shall be red), with moderate bell crown, deep droop vizor, mohair braid band, and leather chin strap fastened to cap on either side by button, same as worn on vest.

UNIFORM FOR SUMMER WEAR.

The uniform for summer wear shall be of the same material as for winter wear, but of lighter weight, and made as follows:

Coat.—The coat shall be single breasted, ends cut square, and shall have four buttons, the vest five buttons. In all other respects, except as to material of lighter weight, the summer uniforms shall be the saine as those for winter wear.

Buttons.-All coat and vest buttons shall be of bone, to be covered by shells when the wearer is on duty.

INSIGNIA.

The insignia to be worn on the front of the cap shall be of stamped metal of the following design: Spread eagle, 24 inches from tip to tip of wings; wings and head of gilt; breast, white enameled shield; stripes and stars of gilt; three gilt spear heads in one talon and a branch in the other. Over the eagle and imposed on a background of white rays (sunburst) with notched edge, springing from back of the eagle, will be the legend “U. S. Customs” in black capital letters, and, on a scroll, pendent from the under side of the wings of the eagle, will be the title of the officer, in black capital letters on a white ground, as “Night Inspector," etc.

Drawings of the cap and insignia are shown below:

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The insignia, the button shells, and the badges will be furnished by the Department without cost to the wearer, who will be charged with each article issued to him and be required to account for the same. The cap will be contracted for by the Department, and will be sold to the wearer at the contract price.

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