With his wife by his side, and his parents and daughter watching, Edmund C. Moy took the oath of office Sept. 5 to become the 38th director of the U.S. Mint.
The oath was administered by Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson at 10 a.m., and took place directly across from the White House in the historic Cash Room of the Treasury Department.
In the photo: Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., right, administers the oath of office at the Sept. 5 swearing-in ceremony of Edmund C. Moy, left, as 38th director of the U.S. Mint. Moy?s wife, Karen, holds the Bible at center. (Photo courtesy Department of the Treasury.)
Moy, an ethnic Chinese-American, grew up in Waukesha, Wis.
In an interview with this writer, the first with anyone from the coin hobby, Moy confirmed that he has been a coin collector since his youth, when he plucked ?Indian Head pennies? and Mercury dimes from change while working as cashier in the family restaurant in suburban Milwaukee.
Moy told me that the swearing in was a private affair and that ?My wife, Karen, my daughter Nora, my parents Tom and Rosa Moy and my sister Donna Moy? were there to witness the historic event.
Paulson used Moy?s ?first Bible, bought when I came to faith my senior year in college,? to bear witness to the oath.
Before his Mint job, Moy worked on President George W. Bush?s transition team in 2001.