The Carson City mint produced more than the Morgan in it's short run!

Sep 19, 2012

The Carson City Mint


There are 4 different cities the Morgan Silver Dollar was minted:

Philadelphia - no mint mark
San Francisco - S
New Orleans - NO
Carson City - CC

The one I wanted to talk about today was the Carson City Mint. Established to take on the the silver mines in Comstock Lode. When someone heard that either gold or silver was discovered folks would rush in from all over to steak their claim. It was no different in 1859 when the discovery of silver went public at the Comstock Lode. In no time at all mining camps were thriving all over the area.

The Carson City Mint was built at the peak of the silver boom. The Morgan wasn't its only mint either. All in all 50 issues of silver coins and 57 issues of gold coins were minted in Carson City. The Carson City mint ran from 1870-1885 and 1889-1893

Gold Denominations:

Half Eagle or $5.00 Gold (1870-1884 and 1890-1893)
Eagle or $10.00 Gold (1870-1884 and 1890-1893)
Double Eagle or $20.00 Gold (1870-1885 and 1889-1893)

Silver Denominations:

Seated Liberty Dime (1871-1878)
Twenty-Cent Piece (1875-1876)
Quarter Dollar (1870-1878)
Half Dollar (1870-1878)
Dollar (1870-1885 and 1889-1893)

Carson City wasn't in operation the entire time the Morgan was minted. They were minted there between  1878-1885 and in 1889-1893 so you will find quite a few gaps in years if you're collecting by mint. Maybe that is what make them so collectible! I believe the 1889-CC Morgan, 1893-CC and the 1879-CC are the most desirable Carson City Dollars to own.

What is your favorite Carson City Morgan year?



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