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The Carson City Silver Dollar Story

Miners from California

Miners from California Gold Rush 
moved on to Nevada Silver Finds

Silver Discovered in Nevada
Two of the miners who couldn't find Gold in the Nevada foothills stumbled into the next best thing! Silver was found around the Carson City area in 1859 in what became the most famous Silver mine of the West– the Comstock Lode.

Out West prospectors and mining operations in Nevada faced difficult issues of getting their Gold and Silver Bullion to market. They were forced to carry the unrefined bullion on mules or in wagons over snow-covered, difficult mountain terrain, through dangerous outlaw and Indian territory.

Back then, the nearest mint facility to convert bullion into coins was hundreds of miles away in San Francisco. Meanwhile, in the booming Nevada frontier towns, there was a shortage of coined money. Miners often paid for drinks in saloons with a “pinch of Gold” – all the Gold a man could squeeze between his thumb and index finger. Greedy saloon owners hired bartenders with the largest hands they could find to make extra profits on the exchange.

By 1858, Abe Curry had founded Carson City and named it after the Wild West hero and Indian fighter Kit Carson. A few years later, he successfully lobbied Congress to approve a branch mint in Carson City, Nevada to solve both the need for coins and to avoid the dangerous hauling of raw bullion. The Carson City Mint struck its first official U.S. Gold Coins in 1870.

Bill Cody, an
American legend

Silver King... Leadville... Tombstone... Virginia City... Carson City... and the Comstock Lode... All names of legendary old west mines and mining towns. They are reminders of a special time in our nation’s history when the Wild West was still roamed by buffalos, Indians, cowboys, and frontiersmen in search of fame, fortune, and their piece of America. 

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Through it all, Morgan Silver Dollars were the money they used. These coins jingled in the pockets of ordinary citizens, as well as famous men of the day– Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the writer Mark Twain who lived in Virginia City. Even wild west legends like Geronimo, Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Buffalo Bill Cody carried these Silver Dollars. 

The Birth of a New Silver Dollar in 1878
Morgan Silver Dollars are named for U.S. Mint designer George T. Morgan who created these classic and enduring reminders of our proud heritage. 
Morgan Silver Dollar

An 1889 Morgan Silver Dollar
with "CC" mint mar
k

The front bears the head of Miss Liberty crowned with a Phrygian cap decorated with wheat and cotton– staples of our young nation. Around the edges are 13 stars for the 13 colonies and the official year of issue. 

On the reverse, an eagle stands proudly with its wings widespread with the mottos– In God We Trust, United States of America, and the Mint Mark (CC) just above the word dollar. The eagle bears the olive branch of peace in one talon and arrows in the other, representing America’s desire for peace and our willingness to fight for it. 

The Morgan Silver Dollar is a treasure chest of history, art, and wealth. Since the day they were first minted, they’ve been destined to be a proud part of America’s frontier history.

Hand-Picked, Certified Silver Dollars
Over the years, Carson City Silver Dollars have been favorites with coin collectors for the high quality of their strikes and their scarcity. Mintages were strictly limited to a total of only 13 years. Each one bears the famous "CC" mint mark on the reverse as shown at right.

Considering the 1800’s frontier days and how bags of Silver Dollars were hauled by wagon train, horseback, and cross-country in steam driven railroads, it’s truly amazing any Carson City Silver Dollars survived in mint condition.

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