Templeton Reid (Maker)
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 0.7126" H x 0.7126" W
Gold coin relatively the size of a penny with Georgia Gold 1830 on the obverse and T Reid Assayer 2.50 on the reverse.
Gold was discovered in Georgia during the 1820's. By the end of the decade news had spread, and many fortune seekers had arrived in the district. Templeton Reid, a resident of Milledgeville, then the state capital of Georgia, sought to fill a commercial need by converting gold dust, and then traded by weight in the area, into coins. Reid's experience in the field of mechanical activities was extensive and included making complete cotton gins, repairing clocks and watches, and manufacturing rifles. To such an artisan, making coins presented no difficulty. Templeton Reids private mint operated for just a short time. Coinage occurred during part of July, August and September, and part of October, 1830. Dexter C. Seymour, who studied the series intensively, estimated that only 1,600 coins were produced totally, including approximately 1,000 quarter eagles, 300 half eagles, and 250 eagles.