"Historic Coin Press no. 1"
The arrival of Historic Coin Press No. 1 from the San Francisco Mint marked a turning point in the history of the Nevada State Museum. To re-acquire the original press that minted the first coins at the branch mint in Carson City in 1870 was an historic event. This press had traveled all over the country and had been in operation in all of the major mints: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco, and shortly would be brought back into service from 1964-1967 at the Denver Mint. The State of Nevada purchased it for an incredible price of only $225.00 in 1958.
During its years of operation, this remarkable press minted millions and millions of silver and gold coins. The press was rehabilitated for Nevada's Bicentennial celebration in 1975 and its operation has been enjoyed by thousands of people over the years. Today, the press is still in operation and has minted over 50,000 medallions, which carry the famous "cc" mint mark. Historic Coin Press No. 1 is a visual reminder of the rich heritage of the U.S. Mint in Carson City.