The Carson City Mint was established by Congress on March 3, 1863, to serve the coinage needs brought about by the Comstock Lode, the largest silver strike in the Nationâs history. Prior to the development of this facility, silver and gold ore mined in the Nevada territory was shipped to San Francisco for processing. However, the costs of shipping and the risk of theft necessitated a branch in the territory.
Abraham Curry, founder of Carson City, was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as its first superintendent. Curry, known as âThe Father of Carson Cityâ also supervised the construction of the mint. In 1870, just six years after Nevada entered the Union as the thirty-sixth state, residents enthusiastically welcomed their new mint.
Curry oversaw production of the first coins ever minted in Carson City. On February 11, 1870, âSeated Liberty dollarsâ with the âCCâ mintmark rolled off the solitary coin press known as (Press No. 1). During its operation, the Carson City Branch issued 57 different types of gold coins and produced eight coin denominations, including dimes, twenty cent pieces, quarters, halves, Trade dollars, Morgan dollars, five dollar gold pieces, ten dollar gold pieces, and twenty dollar gold pieces.
The Morgan silver dollar was one of the most popular coins struck at the Carson City Mint. Nearly 2.8 million of the Morgan dollars were distributed in seven successive sales between 1972 and 1980 by the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, DC.
The Carson City U.S. Mintâs formal mint status was withdrawn in 1899 due to the drastic decline in mining on the Comstock. The facility continued to function as an assay office until it closed in 1933. It was sold to the state of Nevada in 1939 for $10,000. Today, it functions as the Nevada State Museum.ð¦ð° #carsoncitymint #wideangle #landscape #snow #museum #jeaimagery #carsoncity #nevada #tahoe #california #lbc #huntingtonbeach #newportbeach #lagunabeach #danapoint #sanclemente #lajolla #sanfrancisco #boston #nyc #carolina #miami #hawaii #mexico #japan #portugal #spain #ireland #scotland #greece