Carson City Silver Dollars - In 1859, Silver was discovered in Nevada. The amount of Silver found in what is known as the Comstock Lode was the largest amount in history. In order to convert that raw Silver into coinage, the U.S. government built a minting facility in Carson City. The mint struck dimes, twenty cent pieces, quarters, half dollars, seated dollars and even some Gold coins. But none are as revered or as well-collected as the Morgan Silver Dollars from Carson City.
Morgan Dollars were struck at irregular intervals at the Carson City Mint between 1878 and 1893. During those 13 years, the entire mintage of Carson City Morgan Dollars totaled less than 14 million coins. To put that in perspective, in 1921, the Philadelphia Mint alone struck more than 44 million Silver Dollars.
Carson City Morgan Dollar coins were not well distributed throughout the nation. Before they were revealed to the public in 1964, original mint-sealed bags containing 2.9 million Carson City Silver Dollar coins had been lying undiscovered in the U.S. Treasury vaults where they had been stored for many decades. Beginning in 1972, the coins were dispersed by the General Services Administration (GSA) in a series of seven sales limited to citizens of the United States. Two additional sales known as the “GSA Hoard Sales” followed in 1980. These sales brought much popularity to collecting Morgan Dollars in general and to collecting Carson City Silver Dollars specifically.
Today these coins are important pieces of our nation’s historic past.
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