The Carson City Coin Collector’s of America Inaugural Comstock/Carson Mint Seminar was held on October 5 to 7, 2006. About fifteen members of the club traveled from all the over country to participate in this ground breaking event in Northern Nevada. Come along with me as we take a pictorial tour down memory lane from this historic event……. (Thanks to Tom DeFina for this great picture of the Nevada State Museum.)
From the Inaugural Comstock/Carson Mint Seminar 2006
By Amy Williams
Friday, October 13, 2006
Early on Friday the 6th of October, a very energetic group of Carson City coin collectors met at the Nevada State Museum (also known as the Carson City Mint) to embark on an inaugural experience, not one of them would soon forget. This seminar was jam-packed with spectacular lectures; tours of the museum, Comstock mine, Virginia City, and Carson City; and much more. In this early morning photo of the group on Friday, I am not sure that they were exactly aware of all the extraordinary things that were in store for them during this seminar.
Bob Nylen, the Nevada State Museum’s Curator of History, gave a PowerPoint lecture on Friday morning concerning the history of the Carson Mint and how it has transformed into the Nevada State Museum. Nylen pointed out that before the museum took over the building, there were talks about turning it into a parking lot or even a federal prison! Loud chuckles could be heard throughout the room with this remark. Some of the members were joking that that is exactly what Carson City needed – a federal prison smack in the middle of town.
Rusty Goe presented a two part discussion focusing on Nevada State Museum’s Carson City Coin Collection concerning the gold and silver issues. Goe shared with the group that through his research he has become well aware of different types of bloopers and mistakes that newspaper journalists make in their publications. One such example included how instead of coin collectors being referred to as numismatists, they were referred to in a certain publication as numismatologists.
Charter Member Otto Klay (left) and Club Treasurer Paul Sudmeier (right) are shown here touring the historic 4th Ward School in Virginia City.
Mark Twain - with cigar in mouth and half dime in hand - entertained the group during lunch at Virginia City’s Delta Saloon.
The trip would not be complete without a train ride down to Gold Hill on the famous V&T line.
Fred Holabird leads the group down into a Gold Hill open mine while discussing the Comstock’s geology.
The seminar wrapped up on Saturday evening at the notable Gold Hill Hotel and Saloon.
The entire two and a half day event was so magical and enchanting that sometimes it felt like a wonderful dream; but every time I pinched myself, we were all really there.
Best wishes to all who experienced it with me.
Until Next Time,