Coin show slated in Carson City
The public can learn more about the intriguing world of coins at the annual coin show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Nearly 40 dealers from around the United States will travel to Carson City to attend what has become one of the more prestigious coin shows anywhere. Admission is free.
People wanting to better understand the history and significance of coins will have the opportunity to talk with the experts. Dealers in attendance will have collectibles such as “CC” minted silver dollars, rare domestic and foreign coins, paper notes and currency, historical documents, tokens, casino chips, stamps, jewelry and other unique and rare gifts.
“What makes this show unique is its location at the most famous U.S. Branch Mint ever operated in the United States. Dealers and attendees are intrigued by a coin show held at a former mint building,” said Greg Corbin, show coordinator. “Most dealers offer free appraisals of your old coins, and coins are bought and sold during both days of the show. It’s a great time to find out the value of any old coins or currency you may have tucked away.”
The Carson City Mint opened for business Jan. 6, 1870, and during its years of operation produced some $50,000,000 worth of gold and silver coins, according to Corbin. Because the Mint operated for only 23 years only about 13 million or about 2 percent of the 700 million silver dollars produced by all U.S. mints between 1794 and 1935 bear the famed “CC” mintmark. The Carson City Mint stopped operations in 1893.
The museum is raffling off the last silver and bronze “CC” Millennium Medallions mounted on a 10-ounce silver bar. The cost is $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets. The raffle will take place Sept. 9 during the show and the winner need not be present. Tickets are available for purchase at either admission desk at the museum or during the event. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s educational programs.
During the show the Carson City Maverick Lions Club will serve hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks. Proceeds support the club’s many charitable efforts in and around Carson City. The Ross Price Dixieland Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday only.
For more information visit the Web site at http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us.
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