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Trivia Question (CC coinage)

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Well, after a bit of research, I found that the state capitol was constructed in 1870 at a cost of $100,000 using sandstone. The mint was completed the year before, in 1869. (


So my guess is:

1870-CC 25C

1870-CC 50C


And maybe the

1870-CC Half Eagle

1870-CC Eagle

1870-CC Double Eagle


though these are unlikely due to the value of them

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The source is the Carson Daily Appeal of 6/12/1870. Another interesting thing is mentioned as being in the cornerstone:


"a history of the United States Branch Mint at Carson to date (showing that $130,000 has thus far been coined)"


This is significant since it may add more info beyond the known records of the Carson City mint in the national archives.


Other tidbits:


$5s, $10s, and $20s had all been minted before June 1870, however, there is no mention of gold in the cornerstone article.


1870CC dollars were trading (as curiousities) at $1.25 each in California - this was reported on 3/5/1870. Significant since little notice of mint marks was made at the time. However, there were tensions between San Francisco and Carson City (SF did not want Carson City in the minting business), so there had to have been some general level of consciousness with regard to whether a particular coin came from SF or CC.


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