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Nevada City Mint (California) Octagonal Gold Rush Slugs

Category:  Token & Medals
Last Modified:  6/12/2021
Set Description
This set contains a number of octagonal medals produced by the Nevada City Mint in California. These medals commemorate the towns and history of the California Gold Rush. In 1975, R.D. (Don) Schmitz came to Nevada City, California to start his one-man Nevada City Mint. The Nevada City Township owned the Jas Ott Assay Office and leased it to Schmitz. The Assay Office was located at the heart of the California Gold Rush territory more than a century ago. Schmitz had been the official minter of Nevada when he operated the press at the Carson City Mint.

Set Goals
Primary goal is to complete a set of Nevada City Mint octagonal medals as listed by Jankovsky.

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Gold Mining United States California Gold Rush Nevada City Mint Gold Rush Commemorative Series NCM Advertising piece for the "Gold Country Commemorative Series" - Original Six (6) Medals
Ott's Assay Office Building, 130 Main Street, Nevada City, California United States California Gold Rush Ott's Assay Office Building Home to the Nevada City Mint in the 1970's Ott's Assay Office Building at 130 Main Street in Nevada City, California - became the home of the Nevada City Mint during the 1970's
Don Schmitz, founder of the Nevada City Mint United States California Gold Rush Don Schmitz establishes the Nevada City Mint Circa 1975 Don Schmitz, owner and operator of the Nevada City Mint (in old assay office building, Nevada City, California)
1976 Nevada State Commemorative Medallion Presented to Don Schmitz United States Nevada Gold Rush Bronze 1976 CC Don Schmitz 1976 Nevada State Commemorative Medallion - a Presentation Piece given to Don Schmitz by the CC Mint
Wells Fargo Express Building and the Claverie Chinese Store, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Wells Fargo Express Building and Claverie Chinese Store Circa 1850, Columbia, CA Columbia is a town located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in Tuolumne County, California, United States. It was founded as a boomtown in 1850 when gold was found in the vicinity, and was known as the "Gem of the Southern Mines."

The town's historic central district is within the Columbia State Historic Park, which preserves the 19th century mining town features. The U.S. historic district is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Wikipedia)
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Bronze NCM Medal depicting the Wells Fargo Express Building in Columbia, California on the obverse and the NCM Target reverse
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint NCM bronze medal depicting the Wells Fargo Express building in Columbia, California on the obverse and the NCM Target reverse (coin orientation)
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint NCM Octagonal bronze medal with the Wells Fargo Express Building on the obverse and the NCM Target reverse
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint J-WF1 (J-WF1) Bronze, octagonal medal from the Nevada City Mint (Wells Fargo Express Office in Columbia, California) - from the collection of Don Schmitz, NCM Minter/Owner
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint J-WF1 (J-WF1) Nevada City Mint octagonal medal (Wells Fargo Express Building on obverse and NCM Target on the reverse
(J-WF1) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze No Date Nevada City Mint J-WF1 No Date Octagonal Slug made by the Nevada City Mint (Wells Fargo Building in Columbia, California as obverse, NCM "Target" Reverse)
(J-WF2) Wells Fargo Express Building, Columbia, California United States California Gold Rush Copper-Nickel Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Copper-Nickel NCM octagonal medal depicting the Wells Fargo Express Building in Columbia, California on the obverse and the NCM Target reverse
(J-CP1) Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Redesigned Medal with Columbia State Park Obverse and California State Parks Reverse
(J-CP1) Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint (J-CP1) Columbia State Park bronze slug by the NCM with the State Parks Reverse
(J-CP2) Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse with the 1928 Parks and Recreation Reverse
(J-CP3) Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Redesigned Columbia State Park Obverse with the NCM Target Reverse
Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush The Empire Mine operated between 1850 and 1956 Empire Mine State Historic Park is a state-protected mine and park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Grass Valley, California, US. The Empire Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places, a federal Historic District, and a California Historical Landmark. Since 1975 California State Parks has administered and maintained the mine as a historic site.

The Empire Mine is "one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California". Between 1850 and its closure in 1956, the Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold, extracted from 367 miles (591 km) of underground passages (Wikipedia)
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Nevada City Mint (J-EM1) Empire Mine slug by the Nevada City Mint (Target Reverse)
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, California on the obverse of the NCM bronze medal with the NCM Target reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine NCM bronze medal with Target reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine bronze medal with NCM Target reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine medal by the Nevada City Mint, Target reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM1) "Strike Gold" Conference Promo United States California Gold Rush Bronze 1985 Nevada City Mint Conference Piece J-EM1 (J-EM1) "Strike Gold" A Small Business Conference (September 19, 1985) Card with NCM Octagonal Empire Mine Slug
(J-EM1) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Nevada City Mint J-EM1 (J-EM1) Nevada City Mint bronze slug depicting the famous Empire Gold Mine in Grass Valley, California.
(J-EM2) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Friends of the Empire Mine J-EM2 In my opinion, the rarest of the NCM octagonal slugs. Empire Mine obverse and Friends of the Empire Mine with ore cart reverse.
(J-EM2) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Friends of the Empire Mine J-EM2 J-EM2 Empire Mine obverse and Friends of the Empire Mine (with ore cart) reverse by the Nevada City Mint. In my opinion, the rarest of the NCM octagonal pieces.
(J-EM3) 1979 Empire Mine Reopening Medal United States California Gold Rush Bronze 1979 Nevada City Mint Empire Mine bronze medal with scarce 1979 Mine Shaft Reopening Target reverse (Type II obverse)
View Coin (J-EM4) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze 40mm (C1970'S) COPPER EMPIRE MINE/STATE PARKS J-EM4 NGC MEDAL MS 67 RD Empire Mine medal by the NCM with the California State Parks reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM4) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine medal with California State Parks reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM4) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Nevada City Mint Empire Mine (J-EM4) Slug with State Parks reverse from the Nevada City Mint (Type I obverse)
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine medal by the NCM with the 1928 Parks and Recreation reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint J-EM5 (J-EM5) Holed Empire Mine medal with 1928 Parks and Recreation reverse (Type I obverse) Shown in original NCM plastic and cardboard packaging
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Empire Mine medal by the NCM with the 1928 Parks and Recreation reverse (Type I obverse)
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Empire Mine (J-EM5) NCM bronze slug (Empire Mine obverse, 1928 Parks and Rec reverse)
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint 1928 Reverse J-EM5 (J-EM5) NCM octagonal medal (Empire Mine on Obverse and 1928 Parks and Rec. Reverse)
(J-EM5) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Parks and Recreation J-EM5 J-EM5 Empire Mine octagonal slug by the Nevada City Mint with the 1928-dated Parks and Recreation (error) reverse.
View Coin (J-EM6) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush SC$1 1956 CA Nevada City Mint EMPIRE MINE 1850-1956 NEVADA CITY MINT NGC MEDAL MS 68 Empire Mine medal with NCM Target Reverse (Type II obverse)
(J-EM6) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's NCM J-EM6 (J-EM6) NCM Octagonal Medal of the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, California (NCM Target Reverse) Type II obverse
(J-EM6) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's NCM J-EM6 Nevada City Mint bronze slug depicting the Empire Mine in Grass Valley, California and the NCM Target reverse (Type II obverse)
(J-EM6) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint J-EM6 (J-EM6) NCM octagonal slug (Empire Mine and NCM Target Reverse)
(J-EM7) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Copper-Nickel Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Copper-Nickel Empire Mine medal with Target Reverse (Type I obverse)
(EM-UNL) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Gilt-Brass Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint (EM-Unlisted) Gilt-Brass or gold-plated and looped Empire Mine medal with NCM Target reverse (Type II obverse)
(EM-UNL) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Silver Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Unlisted silver NCM medal of the Empire Mine, Target reverse (Type II obverse)
(EM-UNL) Empire Mine, Grass Valley, California United States California Gold Rush Copper-Nickel Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Unlisted Copper-Nickel Empire Mine medal with Target reverse (Type II obverse)
Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush The Old Kentuck Gold Mine Sierra City, California A visit to the Kentucky Mine and Museum located on Highway 49 near the town of Sierra City, CA, is a unique opportunity to step into the world of the gold-seeking miners who worked the mines and built the towns that made California the golden state.

Today, the stamp mills are silent excepting two times each day when the Kentucky Mine stamp mill is once again brought to life to give folks on the twice daily tours of the mine and stamp mill a close up encounter with an operating stamp mill. This is a chance to see and hear the sounds of a working gold mine is just the dramatic ending of the hour-plus tour that takes visitors through the incredible day-to-day experience of hard rock mining in the Sierra City mining region during the later part of the 19th century. (Sierra County Historical Society)
(J-KM1) Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Old Kentuck Mine NCM medal with watch case reverse
(J-KM1) Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint NCM medal depicting the Old Kentuck Mine in Sierra City, California (watch case reverse)
(J-KM1) Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint J-KM1 (J-KM1) NCM octagonal slug with Old Kentuck Mine obverse and the scarcer "watchcase" reverse
(J-KM2) Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint Old Kentuck Mine medal by NCM with Target reverse (coin orientation)
(J-KM2) Old Kentuck Mine, Sierra City, California United States California Gold Rush Bronze Circa 1970's Nevada City Mint NCM medal with the Old Kentuck Mine on obverse and the Target reverse
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