On a stop in Colorado during a business trip to California in 1883, Coin became fascinated with silver and took up a pick to try his hand at mining. Calling his mine “Silver Bell,” Harvey’s mine was the second largest producer in the area; however, due to the increase in transportation costs, increasing labor unrest, and the plummeting market value of silver, Harvey abandoned his mine. From Coin’s mining days, he formed an interest in silver as opposed to gold as the U.S. monetary system standard. In 1891, he became the chairman of the Trans-Mississippi Congress, whose interest was in promoting legislation that would benefit the states west of the Mississippi.
After moving to Chicago, Harvey established a printing press and published a weekly magazine called “Coin”. Although his printing company was unsuccessful, he wrote and published a series of inexpensive books called “Coin’s Financial School,” dedicated to the idea of replacing gold with silver as the monetary system. These books not only gave Harvey the nickname he would be known as for the rest of his life, b...
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...placement of previous residences, or the effect that the war had on other parts of Northwest Arkansas beyond Harvey’s projects. An oversight of Snelling also appears to be the lack of interviews of some of the poorer inhabitants of the Monte Ne area such as the share croppers who lived at the crest of the valley. Over all, it seems that the more poor individuals of the area were mostly over looked.
Snelling gave the impression that Coin Harvey was more of an influence in the presidential race with Roosevelt than was reality. A quick search on Wikipedia shows that Roosevelt won with 472 electoral votes; Harvey came in 6th with no electoral votes and only 0.13% of the popular vote.
Snelling , Lois. Coin Harvey, Prophet of Monte Ne. Point Lookout: S of O Press, 1973. Print.
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