Adam Eckfeldt (June 15, 1769 – February 6, 1852) was the second chief
coiner of the United States Mint. His father owned a large smithy and
involved himself in early attempts at American coinage. Eckfeldt built
early presses for the Mint, engraved some of its early dies, and was
responsible for some designs of early American copper pieces, as well as
the 1792 half disme, which some authorities consider the first United
States coin. He was appointed assistant coiner of the Mint in 1796, and
became chief coiner after his predecessor's death in 1814. During
Eckfeldt's tenure, the Philadelphia Mint moved to new premises and
expanded its operations. Setting aside unusual coins that were brought
in as bullion, he started the Mint's coin cabinet, which evolved into
the National Numismatic Collection. Despite his 1839 retirement,
Eckfeldt continued performing the duties of chief coiner until his
death, though his successor, Franklin Peale, bore the title.
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