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History of the Carson City Mint

History of the Carson City Mint

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 in Carson City, Nevada

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 The formal title of Mint was withdrawn in 1899.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.

At Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, we understand the excitement that comes with discovering a rare or valuable coin. Whether you have come into possession of this coin or are curious about others in your collection, give us a call at 404-236-9744 to learn more about buying and selling numismatic coins.

Tony Davis
Tony Davis
Tony Davis is the owner of Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, a full service Atlanta based coin and bullion dealer specializing in buying, selling and appraising coins and coin collections of all types and sizes. Tony frequently writes on various economic and numismatic related topics affecting the coin and bullion markets and has been published on some of the industry’s leading websites, including Coin Week, the American Numismatic Association, Coin Collector, Coinflation, and Coin Auctions Help, just to name a few. Visit Atlanta Gold & Coin’s website at to obtain additional information on the products, services and educational resources offered by his company. Tony can be reached at or at 404-236-9744
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