Carson City Mint

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U.S. Mint
Carson City Mint, 1866
Location 600 N. Carson St.
Carson City, Nevada
Coordinates 39°10′02.83″N 119°46′02.20″W / 39.1674528°N 119.7672778°W / 39.1674528; -119.7672778Coordinates: 39°10′02.83″N 119°46′02.20″W / 39.1674528°N 119.7672778°W / 39.1674528; -119.7672778
Architect Alfred Bult Mullett
NRHP Reference # 75002127
 # 196
Added to NRHP September 5, 1975

The Carson City Mint was a branch of the United States Mint in Carson City, Nevada. It primarily minted low numbers of silver coins, however gold was also minted in greater numbers. The mint was in operation for about nineteen years.

The Carson City Mint was created in 1863 but wasn't put into operation until 1870. It ran until 1885 when it went on hiatus but it resumed operation in 1889 when it ran until 1893 when it closed for good. It is now a historical museum.

History[edit]

Built at the peak of the silver boom conveniently nearby a local silver mine, 50 issues of silver coins and 57 issues of gold coins minted here between 1870 and 1893 bore the "CC" mint mark. The mint was established in Carson City to facilitate minting of silver coins from silver in the Comstock Lode, somewhat like how the San Francisco Mint was established to facilitate minting gold coins from the gold of the California gold rush. From 1895 to 1933, the building served as the U.S. Assay Office for gold and silver. The Federal Government sold the building to the state of Nevada in 1939. Coins struck there are generally rare and have a high premium, especially Morgan Dollars that were struck there.

The building that housed the mint was the first designed by Alfred B. Mullett after he became Supervising Architect of the Department of the Treasury. The construction supervisor was Abraham Curry, also known as the "Father of Carson City." The simple Renaissance Revival style stone facade has pairs of round-headed windows and a center portico. It is now the home of the Nevada State Museum. Although the mint has not struck United States coins since 1893, Coin Press No. 1 (the original coin press from the mint) is still located within the building and used to strike commemorative medallions with the "CC" mintmark. The most recent of these are medallions commemorating the Nevada Sesquicentennial.

Denominations minted[edit]

Silver denominations[edit]

Seated Liberty dime (1871–78)
Twenty-Cent Piece (1875–76)
Seated Liberty quarter (1870–78)
Seated Liberty half dollar (1870–78)
Seated Liberty dollar (1870–73)
Trade Dollar (1873–85)
Morgan Dollar (1878–93)

Note: A Seated Liberty dollar was the first coin to be struck at Carson City.

Gold denominations[edit]

Half Eagle or $5.00 Gold (1870–84 and 1890–93)
Eagle or $10.00 Gold (1870–84 and 1890–93)
Double Eagle or $20.00 Gold (1870–85 and 1889–93)

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Preceded by
Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad last spike
Nevada Historical Markers
196
Succeeded by
Arrowhead Trail II