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A small addition. When processing gold or silver there was a record of amounts delivered to employees at each step of the press through coining. This was done by weight, and everything had to balance every day before anyone could go home. Ordinary employees had little chance of getting away with theft -- even small sums such as a handful of cents. Nearly all thefts and defalcations were performed by higher level people such as clerks, deposit weighers, and bookkeepers.

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On 6/15/2022 at 3:00 PM, USAuPzlBxBob said:

No more honest than Jonathan Winters…

Great movie !!  If anybody buys it, make sure you get the Criterion Collection which has the restored, theatrical version and not the butchered edited versions that even TCM shows. (thumbsu

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On 6/16/2022 at 1:28 PM, RWB said:

A small addition. When processing gold or silver there was a record of amounts delivered to employees at each step of the press through coining. This was done by weight, and everything had to balance every day before anyone could go home. Ordinary employees had little chance of getting away with theft -- even small sums such as a handful of cents. Nearly all thefts and defalcations were performed by higher level people such as clerks, deposit weighers, and bookkeepers.

This was ingenious. Keep track of the weight and you know if something is missing. I do remember, however, hearing during a tour at the Denver mint that a worker got away with stealing gold bars in a prosthetic leg. Is there a record of this, and if so, what went wrong?

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