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Honest Money GSA 1

Category: Dollars
Set Type: GSA Hard Pack Holders Basic Set, Carson City Morgan Dollars, 1878-1891
Owner: BigStep Ranch
Last Modified: 8/5/2019
Views: 1887

Rank: 29
Score: 35586
Leading by: 150
Points to Higher Rank: 94
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Set Description:

One of a growing number of CC GSA's that celebrate the fact that the coins are double certified as authentic and untampered coins. Thanks to the brave miners who worked the Comstock Lode in this historic mining area. The mint presses were actually shipped out after the mint was closed. "The Carson City Mint ceased coining operations in 1893 and the presses were removed in 1899, along with all other machinery in the coiner's department. Press No. 1 was moved to the Philadelphia Mint, where it was remodeled in 1930 to operate with electric power. in 1945, it was transferred to the "new" San Francisco Mint and renumbered "5" to correspond with its place in the coining department there. Finally, when all coin production was temporarily halted at San Francisco in 1955, the old press was due to be scrapped."

So while the CC coin presses stopped in 1893, the coin presses continued after the CC Mint was retired.

Press #1 in the Carson City Museum is still operated by volunteers. It had the following specifications:


Built: 1869

Maker: Morgan & Orr, Philadelphia, PA

Weight: 12,000 pounds

Production capability: 1869 - 1,500 coins per hour

Today: 1 medal takes 10 seconds to strike

Striking pressure: 1869 - 200 tons

Today: 200 tons

The Morgan coin was designed by George T. Morgan (no relation to JP thank goodness) and weighing at strike 412.5 grains of .900 silver as provided for by the Bland-Allison Act of 1878.
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