Following the controversies and fiscal problems resulting from of the Coinage Act of 1873, compensatory measures were taken by the Treasury and the US Mint to resume more normal issuance and circulation of US Currencies. Silver coins were made legal tender at their nominal value for any amount not exceeding $5
Perhaps no 19th Century law relating to the coins and currency of the United States has been so widely discussed, or has borne more directly on the attitude and influence of political parties than the Coinage Act of 1873. This act grew out of a proposition to revise our coinage laws, made by John Jay Knox, in April, 1870. While the main focus of the bill was to revise several laws pertaining to the Mint’s gold and silver coin procedures, the Coinage Act of 1873 also recommended moving the United States off of bimetallism in favor of the gold standard.