NumisMaster Logo
Sign In
Free Newsletter

Collector Info
In Print
Site Map
Carson City Morgans Play a Key Role
By Robert R. Van Ryzin, Coins Magazine
March 05, 2014

This article was originally printed in Coins Magazine.
>> Subscribe today or get your >> Digital Subscription

The Carson City Mint plays a prominent role in this issue of Coins. Mark Benvenuto looks at some moderately priced Carson City Morgans, Bart Bartanowicz mentions CC Morgans in his “Coin Tales” column and Mike Thorne briefly comments on them in “Basics and Beyond.”

Having written extensively on the so-called “Crime of 1873” and its connection with the Comstock Lode, in Nevada, I have a soft spot in my collecting heart for this famous Western mint. It opened in 1870, during the silver boom in Nevada (the Big Bonanza was struck in that decade), and the mint began producing CC mintmarked coins that same year.

A reawaking of interest in the coins that came from its presses came in the 1970s and 1980, when the government decided to dispose of the remaining 3 million or so silver dollars it was holding (primarily uncirculated CC dollars) in a series of sales to the general public. I covered them in detail in a chapter of my book, Crime of 1873: The Comstock Connection (Krause Publications, 2001) from which the pertinent chapters were reproduced on a DVD KP released some years later, titled “Silver Fever: The Comstock Lode to the Carson City Mint.” Both of these sources are no longer available from KP, but the book can certainly be found through used book sellers and possibly the DVD as well.

U.S. Coins Close Up
U.S. Coins Close Up

Is that coin in your hand the real deal or a clever fake? Find out with this visual guide to every U.S. coin type.
Get yours today!

I mention them because, if you want a recap of the famed General Services Administration Sales of these dollars, it should be a good reference, as I compiled the history from the pages of Coins’ sister publication, Numismatic News and other sources.

The GSA sales, besides being a fascinating part of collecting history, also serve as a good lesson that mintages don’t always tell the story of how scarce a coin might be. Just look at the dollars in that sale. What could be considered a very low mintage, 228,000 for the 1885-CC Morgan dollar, isn’t that exciting when you learn that 148,285 these were part of the GSA sales. That means the majority of mintage remains in mainly uncirculated coins. Upward potential for this date and mint is thereby hampered.

Happy collecting.

More Coin Collecting Resources:

• February only! Save 50% on the most comprehensive world paper money CDs.

• Strike it rich with this U.S. coins value pack.

• Build an impressive collection with Coin Collecting 101.


Add to:   digg
With this article: Email to friend   Print

Something to add? Notice an error? Comment on this article.

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy | Your data is secure
©2018 F+W Publications, Inc., Iola, Wisconsin. All rights reserved.