What Is The Carson City Mint?

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One of the lesser-known US mints is the Carson City mint, located in Carson City, Nevada. It remains one of the lesser-known mints for the simple reason that it was not in operation for a very large number of years, about 19 overall. The mint was established in 1863 to facilitate the mintage of silver coins, and silver bars from the nearby Comstock Lode, the first major discovery of silver ore in the United States. Despite being created in 1863, the mint didn’t actually open its doors for operations for about seven years, in 1870. The mint worked unabated till about 1885 when it went on hiatus until 1889, after which it conducted its work until the mint closed for good in 1893. After its close, the mint functioned as the US Assay Office for gold and silver from 1895 to 1933. a few years later the federal government sold the building to the state of Nevada in 1939. During its limited amount of years, the mint produced a relatively small amount of silver and gold coins bearing the “CC” mintmark. In fact, they only made 50 issues of silver coins and slightly more gold coins at 57 issues. The most popular coin minted there was, by far, the Morgan Silver Dollar. Over the course of its run, the Carson City Mint produced a number of coins in the range of 56 million coins, which, in terms of coinage, really isn’t that much. As you would expect, this makes coins from the Carson City mint quite rare, many holding a significant numismatic value, especially any Morgan Silver Dollars. Certified Coin Consultants of Rockville Centre is proud to deal in many NGC, PCGS, and CAC certified Carson City coins. So call, email, reach out on social media, or stop in today to get your hands on some of these wonderful, and rare coins!

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