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Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     

Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

by Joseph Story, Kermit Roosevelt III (Introduction)
 

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Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States by Joseph Story.
This book is a reproduction of the original book published in 1891 and may have some imperfections such as marks or hand-written notes.

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Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States by Joseph Story.
This book is a reproduction of the original book published in 1891 and may have some imperfections such as marks or hand-written notes.

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ISBN-13:
9781610271950
Publisher:
Quid Pro LLC
Publication date:
05/25/2013
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.90(d)

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CHAPTER XVII. POWER TO COIN MONEY AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. § 1116. The next power of Congress is " to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures."1 § 1117. Under the confederation, the continental congress had delegated to them " the sole and exclusive right and power of regulating the alloy and value of coin struck by their own authority, or by that of the States," and " fixing the standard of weights and measures throughout the United States." It is observable that, under the confederation, there was no power given to regulate the value of foreign coin, an omission which, in a great measure, would destroy any uniformity in the value of the current coin, since the respective States might, by different regulations, create a different value in each.2 The Constitution has, with great propriety, cured this defect; and, indeed, the whole clause, as it now stands, does not seem to have attracted any discussionin the convention.1 It has been justly remarked, that the power "to coin money" would, doubtless, include that of regulating its value, had the latter power not been expressly inserted. But the Constitution abounds with pleonasms and repetitions of this nature.2 1 [After the breaking out of the great civil war in 1861, it was deemed necessary by Congress, in order to supply the means of carrying on the war, to issue a large amount of treasury notes, and to make them a legal tender in payment of private debts, and also of all public dues except duties on imports and interest on the public debt. These notes thereupon, to a large extent, became the circulating medinm of the country, and goldand silver ceased to be used in ordinary traffic, except on the Pacific slope. The constitutiona...

Meet the Author

Joseph Story (1779-1845) was an influential Justice of the United States Supreme Court before the Civil War and an author of legendary legal treatises on the Constitution and conflict of laws. He was also a frequent lecturer at the Harvard Law School in its early years. •

• Kermit Roosevelt III (contributor of the new 2013 Introduction to the Quid Pro 'Legal Legends' edition of this book) is a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court and practiced law in Chicago before joining the Penn faculty. He is the author of 'The Myth of Judicial Activism' as well as the novel 'In the Shadow of the Law.'

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