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The E-Sylum: Volume 23, Number 4, January 26, 2020, Article 19

CARSON CITY MINT SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

On February 4th, 2020 the Carson City Mint museum will celebrate its sesquicentennial. Here's a short description of festivities from the event web site. -Editor

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join us on February 4 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of when the Carson City Mint issued its first coin in 1870. Special guests will be on hand to make the ceremonial first strikes on Coin Press No. 1 of a special sesquicentennial .999 fine silver medallion. The medallion dies are sculpted by former U.S. Mint Engraver, Tom Rogers. The medallion honors the rarest minting duo existing on the planet; the CC Mint and Coin Press No. 1.

The day’s guest of honor is the director of the U.S. Mint, David Ryder. Director Ryder will kick off the festivities by striking a new sesquicentennial medallion on Coin Press No. 1. The Governor and other state leaders in attendance will also be invited to assist with first strikes. Following the ceremonial minting, there will be a sesquicentennial program featuring Director Ryder as the keynote speaker. A lunch reception sponsored by the Nevada Mining Association follows the program.

For complete information on the celebrations, see:
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CARSON CITY MINT, 1870-2020 (http://mint150.com/)

Are any of our readers planning to attend? Be sure to send us a report - sounds like a great event. The Nevada Appeal published an article chronicling the long journey of Coin Press No. 1 back to its original home. -Editor

The Mint, which issued 57 different types of gold coins and produced eight coin denominations, produced coins from the silver and gold ore of the nearby Comstock Lode. The Mint operated until 1893, producing more than $50 million in coins.

However, the coin press’ service was nearly cut short when it suffered a catastrophic failure in 1878.

Rather than send it back to Philadelphia — where it was built by Morgan & Orr — operators opted to send it just up the road to the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Mechanics there fixed the press, and, showing a little pride in their work, replaced the original manufacturer’s plate with the V&T insignia.

This proved to be a fateful decision nearly a century later.

When the Carson City Mint closed in 1899, the press was shipped back to Philadelphia and converted from steam-powered to electric.

Coin Press No. 1 was then shipped to the San Francisco Mint in 1945. In the 1950s, it was deemed outdated and was set to be scrapped.

However, Frederick Monteagle, then-city editor of the Oakland Tribune, and a Carson City Mint enthusiast, recognized the V&T builder’s plate.

He contacted the Nevada State Museum’s board of directors, who bought Coin Press No. 1 back for $225.

While the press was back in its rightful home, it was not operational.

That was remedied during a national coin shortage in 1964 when Eva Adams, the director of the U.S. Mint — also a native Nevadan — reached out to the museum to borrow Coin Press No. 1.

The press was sent to Colorado for use at the Denver Mint.

In 1967, the press was once again returned home to Carson City, and in 1976 museum officials used it to mint a commemorative medallion in honor of the country’s bicentennial.

Since then, it has produced scores of commemorative medallions.

"I contend it’s the most significant and most unique coin press still in operation in the United States," said Bob Nylen, curator of History at the Nevada State Museum.

Festivities will start just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. Admission is free.

The commemorative medallion will pay tribute to the Mint building; its first superintendent, Carson City founder Abe Curry; and its first press, Coin Press No. 1. They will be cast in both silver and copper and carry the famous "CC" mint mark.

The Mint Sesquicentennial medallions will sell for $75. Attendees can purchase a blank planchet and have it minted on the coin press.

To read the complete article, see:
Teri’s Notebook: Carson City Mint celebrates 150 years (https://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/carson-city/teris-notebook-carson-city-mint-celebrates-150-years/)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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