BULLION BLURB - Comstock Lode - Part 1
Posted on October 09, 2017
If I were to ask you, “what is the capital of Nevada,” would you know the answer? Assuming you paid attention in elementary school, you would yell out, “Carson City!” And right you are!
So, why is this important to us here at HCC?
Well, for starters, it was the location of an United States Mint but now houses the Nevada State Museum. But, let’s begin our first Carson City Bullion Blurb installment with a quick background of the illustrious city.
On the heels of the California Gold Rush, Carson City began as a waystation for settlers seeking to make it rich. However, after a decade of disappointment in the area, gold was never actually discovered. Instead, prospectors made a new discovery just east of the city…silver.
Called the “Comstock Lode,” at the time, this was the single largest silver find in world history. Tens of thousands of miners poured into Carson City and nearby town, Virginia City, and what was then the Nevada Territory.
The silver discovery prior to the Civil War prompted the need for a mint close to the source of the precious metal. After an act of Congress on March 3, 1863, a mint was established in Carson City. Nevada was admitted into the Union as the 36th state the following year, where naturally, Carson City became its’ capital.
Check us out next time for our 2nd installment on Carson City and the minting operations that took place during the late 1800’s.