CARSON CITY — U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) on Tuesday presented the Nevada State Museum with a 2021 Commemorative Morgan Dollar, in honor of the Carson City Mint and the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan Dollar minted.
Representative Amodei was joined virtually by the Director of the United States Mint, David J. Ryder, and in person by the Director of the Nevada State Museum, Myron Freedman, for this historic presentation.
“The historical significance of the Carson City Mint is an integral part of who we are. Today, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan Dollar minted in the U.S. It is only fitting that the Carson City Mint played such a significant role in numismatic history and in this Commemorative Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Program. When Congress passed the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, not only did it preserve this American legacy, but it also put more money back into the pockets of American taxpayers,” said Rep. Amodei. “Today, I was honored to present a 2021 Commemorative “CC” mint mark Morgan Dollar to the Nevada State Museum. I thank U.S. Mint Director Ryder, whose collaboration has been integral to the legislation authorizing this program and the inclusion of the “CC” mint mark. Thanks also goes to Director Freedman of the Nevada State Museum in hosting this historic moment.”
During his remarks, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder stated, “the coin presented today recognizes the Carson City Mint, with a “CC” Privy Mark, for its part in the history of the Morgan Silver Dollar. The Carson City Mint holds a special place in the United States Mint’s 229 year history.
“The Carson City Mint opened in December of 1869 and produced its first coins on February 11, 1870, with coin production ending in 1893 due to reduced mining of the Comstock Lode. During its years of operation, the Carson City Mint coined more than $49,000,000 worth of silver and gold. From 1878 to 1885 and from 1889 to 1893, the Carson City Mint produced Morgan Silver Dollars.”
“I am very grateful to Congressman Amodei for making it possible for us to add this historic 2021 CC Morgan Dollar to the collection of the Nevada State Museum. The coin and minting documentation autographed by the U.S. Mint Director, David Ryder, creates an artifact that absolutely belongs to the story of the Carson City Mint. We are honored to have the Congressman present the coin to us, and to hear Director Ryder’s thoughts on the occasion as well,” said Nevada State Museum Director, Myron Freedman.
The 2021 Commemorative Morgan Dollar and the Certificate of Authenticity presented by Congressman Amodei will be on display at the Nevada State Museum. Congressman Amodei personally minted this coin during his recent trip to the Philadelphia Mint.
In Congress, Representative Amodei worked closely with the U.S. Mint, as well as U.S. Representative Andy Barr, to honor the Carson City Mint through the “CC” privy marks. On March 11, 2020, H.R. 6192, the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, was introduced in the House and was passed on September 22, 2020, by unanimous consent, an expedited process that is reserved for only the most consensus legislation. President Trump signed the bill into law on January 5, 2021.
There was a 175,000 limit to the 2021 Morgan Silver Dollar with the “CC” privy mark. Despite two-week pre-order windows being provided for each in the series, all the coins in each of the six segments sold out within 25 minutes of being made available, highlighting the strong collector demand for these historic coins. The authorizing legislation for the program allows the Mint to produce the coins in future years if consumer demand is present.
Established by Congress in 1863 due to the Comstock Lode, the Carson City Mint was in operation on and off until the spring of 1893. Of all the coin denominations minted in Carson City, the Morgan Silver Dollar was one of the most popular.