The CC mintmark is one of the more emotive in the coin collecting hobby.
Visions of the Old West with its saloons immediately come to mind as well as cowboys playing poker with real silver dollars.
It is logical that coins with the CC mintmark have become hotter than they have ever been in recent years. Collectors just love to feel a part of the historical legacy of the Carson City Mint.
It wasn’t a great mint in terms of what it could do and how popular it was at the time with the locals, but it functioned one way or another from 1870 until 1893.
A short history and low mintages help fuel the fires of collector interest.
There is also a collector organization that fuels this interest.
It is called the Carson City Coin Collectors of America.
For $30 a year, you can be a member of this group.
Address is Treasurer/CCCCOA, P.O. Box 18040, Reno, NV 89511.
If you would like to take a look at the group’s website, check it out at:
If you aren’t presently a collector of Carson City coins, joining the organization will help you get started.
The membership has great enthusiasm and meets regularly at American Numismatic Association summer conventions as well as at the Nevada State Museum’s education fair and coin show in Carson City.
Sometimes it takes an advance commitment to do something to get you started. As far as numismatics goes, CC coinage is worth a try.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2013 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."