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Carson City Mint Coins

Although the Carson City Mint was only open for nineteen years, it produced some of the most significant United States collector coinage. Located in Carson City, Nevada, it was a branch of the United States Mint authorized in 1863, but didn’t strike its first coin until 1870. Built at the peak of the silver boom near what was to become known as the Comstock Lode, it was a welcome change to coining at the San Francisco Mint, because of the long and arduous journey that required the transport of precious metals across the Sierra Nevada. The Mint operated from 1870 until 1875 when it was deactivated for a period of four years. It resumed coining operations in 1889 and was active until 1893 when it was shut down. All told, the Mint struck fifty issues of silver coins and fifty-seven issues of gold coins during its existence all of them bearing the “CC” mintmark.

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