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    The Confident Carson City Coin Collector
    Rusty Goe

    This is a 3 Volume Set. Established by Congress on March 3, 1863, the Carson City Mint was created to service the coinage needs brought about by the Comstock Lode, the largest silver strike in U.S. history. The mint's celebrated legacy, replete with landmark achievements, setbacks, mysteries and tall tales, is covered in exacting detail in Rusty Goe's three-volume set The Confident Carson City Coin Collector.

    A universally recognized authority on these topics, Goe details in user-friendly fashion what is so notable about the Carson City mint's history, from its opening in December 1869 through early growth, coinmaking years, halting of coinage operations and transition to an assay office prior to its closure in 1933. The intention of this set is to conduct an accurate retelling of all topics related to the Carson City mint and its coins so that future studies in this field will benefit from it.

    For this pursuit, Goe asks two key questions 1) What gives a collector confidence when pursuing Carson City coins? and 2) How does a knowledge-based approach to coin collecting elevate the value of the experience? Throughout the pages of these volumes, he meticulously answers those questions.

    The 111 different CC date-denominations produced in the Nevada mint between 1870 and 1893, particularly the silver and gold pieces yielded there, form the core of Goe's subject matter. The story behind their epic legacy starts with Volume 1, which begins with the establishment of the coin factory and encompasses its first five years of operation ending in 1874. Volume 2 spans the years 1875 to 1885, as the author groups each of the denominations produced at the Carson City Mint in an individual year rather than by kindred series. Volume 3 provides an Appendices of valuable information on the finest known specimens of all 111 date-denominations, furnishing pricing information both of a historical nature dating decades and estimates of current costs through 2018.

    In these three volumes, Goe preserves for posterity a breadth and scope regarding Carson City coins that is unparalleled in numismatic literature. By exploring many essential avenues of study regarding history and coins, his goal is to recreate the life and times of Nevada's celebrated coin factory.

    Expert Reviews

    Rusty Goe is at it again, with a three-volume compendium on Carson City coinage. I have no doubt that if you sat down with Rusty for an extended chat about Carson City coinage, he could recite the stories of hundreds of distinct specimens, off the top of his head.

    For each of the 111 issues in the Carson City series, Goe has created separate historical and numismatic overviews. Yes, that comes out to an average of 22 (8.5x11) pages dedicated to every single Carson City coin. We can only hope that this is not Rusty's last book! This current series will clearly be the definitive work for a long time.

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