Treasury architect Alfred Mullett designed the U.S. Mint in Carson City, which opened in 1869. Locating a mint in a remote location was extraordinary, but justified by the Comstock’s large deposits of gold and silver. ¬†Opposite the coin press is a vintage vault. Iron shutters provided security, barring potential thieves drawn to the millions of dollars in gold and silver that passed through the facility. The last coinage was stamped at the Carson City Mint in 1893. The Mint building reopened as the Nevada State Museum in October 1941. (Ron James)

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