The Mint on Carson Street

The Mint on Carson Street

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Carson City coin specialist Rusty Goe has just released his new book,"The Mint on Carson Street". Shoppers in the author's local coin store expressed delight and wonderment when the book was unveiled on Saturday December 20, 2003.

Never before has a book been written on the Carson City Mint that not only provides the history of the venerable institution, but also a study of all the coins minted there, with profiles of the many collectors who have come to adore them during the past century or more. It was the author's goal to bring the legacy of this Nevada coinage facility to life by interweaving stories of everyone and everything even closely related to it.

This goal has been achieved, in living color. Whether readers are curious about the activities leading up to the establishment of the Carson City Mint, or the provocation of its closing, they will not be disappointed. Collectors wishing to hear about $500,000 "CC" dimes, or how many of any of the 111 dates and denomination produced at Carson City are estimated to survive, will have well documented statistics at their fingertips. History buffs will be intrigued by the well chosen events discussed in each chapter, detailing the background of Nevada's emergence as a state to be reckoned with, as well as what was happening on a national level during the era the Carson City Mint was in operation. Even introductory coverage of the battle over monetary standards during the late 19th century is interwoven into the narrative. How and why the Carson City Mint's survival hinged on the outcome of whose monetary policies were adopted at the time are explained in the context of the central theme of the book. Silverites in Nevada and other mineral rich states were leading the charge to get the nation back on a silver standard, which would have been advantageous for the mint located in the "Silver State". The drama of this battle spanned the entire lifetime of the Carson Mint's years of operation.

Readers will be drawn to the biographical sketches portrayed in this massive 537 page volume. Familiar names such as Mark Twain and President Grover Cleveland are joined by so many other fascinating ones such as Carson City founder Abraham Curry; Nevada senators John Percival Jones and William M. Stewart; Carson Mint superintendents James Crawford, H. F. Rice and Annie Martin; Nevada Judge Clark Guild; collectors Dr. S. L. Lee, Harold M. Budd, and E. A. Carson, and distinguished Nevada developer Norman Biltz. Dozens of other interesting people who were in some way connected to the epic saga of the Carson City Mint, or were of notable reputation during its years of operation are profiled as well. Just reading about some of these individuals will surely inspire further exploration.

Of course coins are central to the story and well researched data and thought provoking information is provided on them. From the most common dates to the rarest, readers will come to appreciate the significance of coins with the "CC" mintmark within the broader spectrum of numismatics as a whole. Two chapters, one "The Silver Coins", and the other, "The Gold Coins", lists every date and denomination minted at Carson City, providing mintage,survival and pricing analysis, as well as the author's personal reflections on each one. Charts, tables, reports and lists, offer current population data, "Top 25" breakdowns, and 70 year price histories. Dozens of wonderful pictures of the coins highlight the text. All and all it is a virtual smorgasbord of collecting treasures.

For those interested in beginning a collection of "CC" coins, or adding to sets already in progress, a wonderful and enlightening chapter entitled, "Collecting Opportunities" is at the end of the book. This chapter provides so many alternatives to collecting "CC" coins readers will enjoy making their selections. Scarcity levels for each set are provided, as well as checklists to measure progress.

If the subject of the Carson City Mint and "CC" coins piques your interest, this book is for you. When you first lay hands on it you will be awed by the size of this four pound piece of literature. Immediately, you will probably be caught up with the artwork, both on the front cover and the pages inside. This might prompt you to simply thumb through it in the beginning as you see the breadth of this work in pictures. Then you may desire to begin reading it cover to cover, or skip to the chapters or appendices that immediately grab your attention. However you proceed, you will most assuredly come away from your experience with this incredible book enriched and entertained. Rarely will a volume on the subject of coins bring as much pleasure to readers as "The Mint on Carson Street".