Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “Money, Mints and Assayers – Inside the Carson City Mint” by Paul Franklin
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April 27, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Seven U.S. Mints were established by Congress to receive, analyze and refine the gold and silver from the various mining districts. They were authorized to coin the metals to meet the monetary needs of our growing nation. Often, they were preceded by privately run Territorial mints to meet the early coinage needs. However, the U.S. mints were not enough to meet all the local mining output, so the government approved eight more dedicated regional assay offices that analyzed and purified the precious metals but did not produce coinage. The Carson City mint was the last mint to be established and even after halting coinage operations continued as a U.S. assay office. Here is their story as we take a closer look at the operations of assaying, refining and coinage of our metallic money.
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