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Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5



Document 6

Records of the Federal Convention

[2:136, 144, 159, 167; Committee of Detail]

16. S & H.D. in C. ass. shall have the exclusive Right of coining Money--regulating its Alloy & Value--fixing the Standard of Weights and Measures throughout U.S.

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10. To (regulate)1 The exclusive right of coining money (Paper prohibit) no State to be perd. in future to emit Paper Bills of Credit witht. the App: of the Natl. Legisle nor to make any (Article) Thing but Specie a Tender in paymt of debts

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. . . of coining Money--fixing the Standard of Weights and Measures--of determining in what Species of Money the public Treasury shall be supplied.

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The Legislature of the United States shall have the (Right and) Power . . . to coin Money, to regulate the (Alloy and) Value of foreign Coin; to fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; . . .

[2:308; Madison, 16 Aug.]

for coining money. agd. to nem. con.

for regulating foreign coin. d. do.

for fixing the standard of weights & measures. do. do.

[2:569, 595; Committee of Style]

Sect. I. The Legislature shall have power . . .

To coin money;

To regulate the value of foreign coin;

To fix the standard of weights and measures; . . .

. . . . .

[e] To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.

  1. [Editors' note.-- Words in parentheses were crossed out in the original.]


The Founders' Constitution
Volume 3, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5, Document 6
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_5s6.html
The University of Chicago Press

Farrand, Max, ed. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Rev. ed. 4 vols. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1937.

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