When visitors to Nevada think of the state’s relationship with money, casinos and gambling would likely jump to mind first. However, in Carson City, Nevada, a U.S. Mint has deeper roots. Built in December of 1869, this was constructed in response to one of the largest silver strikes in United States history—the Comstock Lode in nearby Virginia City, Nevada. Just six years after Nevada entered the Union as the 36th state, Nevada citizens ushered in the new era of the city.
Carson City Mint Construction
The Carson City Mint was built during the Renaissance Revival period by architect Alfred B. Mullet. Mullet utilized sandstone to give the mint its unique look. As the newly appointed supervising architect at the United States Treasury Department, Mullet’s successful builds resulted in him designing several other notable builds, including the San Francisco Mint in San Francisco, California.
Carson City Mint Production
Abraham Curry, the founding father of Carson City, oversaw the very first coin production at the Carson City Mint. On February 11, 1870, the “Seated Liberty” coins rolled off the press with “CC” mintmarks. During the entire length of its operation, the Mint produced 57 types of gold coins and eight different denominations. The year 1876 was likely the peak production year for the this as more coins were pressed that year than any other.
Carson City Mint Closing
The Carson City Mint would see several temporary closings before finally ceasing coin production in 1893. The formal title of Mint was withdrawn in 1899. The building would continue as an assay office until 1933 and would be sold to the state in 1939. It now functions as the Nevada State Museum and welcomes tourists daily.
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