1964 Nevada Statehood Heraldic Art Medal(My 32nd Different Heraldic Art So-called Half Dollar so far)
There are over 65 Heraldic Art medals to make up a complete set, I have no present ambitions to complete the set but I do grab one if I like it and it will expand my collection.(Images will update when I get a chance to rework pictures)
Silver mining in Nevada, a state of the United States, began in 1858 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver-mining district in the United States. Nevada calls itself the "Silver State."
Nevada is the nation's second-largest producer of silver, after Alaska. In 2014 Nevada produced 10.93 million troy ounces of silver, of which 6,74 million ounces were as a byproduct of the mining of gold.
Nevada is officially known as the "Silver State" because of the importance of silver to its history and economy. It is also known as the "Battle Born State", because it achieved statehood during the Civil War in 1864.
Eight days before the presidential election of 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the union, despite lacking the minimum requisite 60,000 residents in order to become a state.
At the time Nevada's population was little more than 10,000.
Rather than sending the Nevada constitution to Washington by Pony Express, the full text was sent by telegraph at a cost of $3,416.77.
It was the most costly telegraph on file for a single dispatch. Finally, the response from Washington came on October 31, 1864: "the pain is over, the child is born, Nevada this day was admitted into the Union".
Statehood was rushed to the date of October 31 to help ensure Abraham Lincoln's reelection on November 8 and post-Civil War Republican dominance in Congress, as Nevada's mining-based economy tied it to the more industrialized Union. As it turned out, however, Lincoln and the Republicans won the election handily, and did not need Nevada's help.The Carson City Mint
was built as a result of the great amounts of silver mined in Nevada. Founder of Carson City and named the first superintendent of the newly constructed Mint, Abraham Curry oversaw the production of the first coins struck at the Carson City Mint in January of 1870. The first coins struck were those of Christian Gobrecht
's Liberty Seated silver dollars design from 1836. The famous "CC" mintmark was chosen and placed below the heraldic eagle.