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Viewpoint: Carson City coins worth checking

Being a member of the Carson City Coin Collectors of America is very educational and interesting for many numismatists. Rusty Goe is the president of CCCCOA and editor of Curry’s Chronicle, a journal published three times a year. Membership is only $30 per year, or $600 for lifetime membership if one lives in the USA.

The Carson City Coin Collectors of America is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Nevada, open to any member in good standing seeking to share and receive information about the Carson City Mint and the coins produced there.

There are so many reasons why coin collectors like Carson City-minted coins. It is the only U.S. Mint to have made coins with two letters as the mintmark, i.e., CC. The Carson City Mint started minting coins in 1870 and the last ones were minted in 1893. A total of 111 different coins were minted including some varieties and the mintage of these coins is given in each issue of Curry’s Chronicle.

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The famous Battle Born Collection of all 111 CC coins was recently sold at auction in Philadelphia by Stack’s Bowers. The famous 1873-CC no arrows dime, where only one is known, sold at this auction for $1,840,000 and was graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service as an MS-65. If one likes to collect antique gold and silver U.S. coins and read about them, Curry’s Chronicle could be the journal for you.

The Carson City Mint in Carson City still exists as a museum. I have visited it twice and enjoyed looking at all the CC coins on display. The CC coins made at that mint are very popular among collectors as antiques and they also have had good financial appreciation in value over the years. (I have written from time to time on the power of compounding investment returns achieved by rare coins that you might have seen.)

If one likes the history of the old Wild West and the silver and gold mines in Nevada that produced the ore containing these precious metals used to make these coins, then one no doubt enjoys owning CC minted coins.

I encourage every collector to give it a try.

To receive an application for Curry’s Chronicle and membership contact the Treasurer, CCCCOA, P. O. Box 18040, Reno, NV 89511, or telephone (775) 322-4455, or email info@ccccoa.com

This “Viewpoint” was written by proud CCCCOA member Weimar W. White of Canaseraga, N.Y. Viewpoint is a forum for the expression of opinion on a variety of numismatic subjects. To have your opinion considered for Viewpoint, write to David C. Harper, Editor, Numismatic News, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990. Send email to david.harper@fwmedia.com.

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