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#5152634 - 10/12/11 06:12 PM Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC
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Does anyone know anything about the confederate mint that was in Columbia, SC during the civil war and if it was truly a mint? What coinage did it produce?

It is a stop we will be making along a tour through town for a staff ride to learn about Sherman's march through the south and the burning of Columbia to include the "mint". There is a grocery store on the site now.


Edited by mtnstyne (10/12/11 07:44 PM)
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#5152671 - 10/12/11 06:21 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: mtnstyne]
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Never heard of it, but I'm very interested. Let me know, my proximity may allow a field trip sometime.
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#5152728 - 10/12/11 06:46 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: physics-fan3.14]
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I never heard of it either but ya never know. That might be an interesting read

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#5152867 - 10/12/11 07:43 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: johnny9434]
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All I can find online is the location that the Publix sits where it used to be. It was burned in 1865. I have a feeling it wasn't really a "mint" but printed confederate currency...I will ask the question of our historian when we do our staff ride in November.
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#5153127 - 10/12/11 09:22 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: mtnstyne]
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The Confederate Mint in Columbia South Carolina was originally built in 1864. The Mint printed Confederate paper money, I am not aware of them producing any coinage. The Mint was burned down by Sherman’s troops in 1865. After the war the Mint was rebuilt and warehoused cotton. Currently, the Mint Building (with an addition) serves as a Publix Grocery store.

Here is the address and phone number:
Gervais Place (Store #01095)
501 Gervais St
Columbia, SC 29201-3045

Main: (803) 255-4351

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#5153246 - 10/12/11 10:19 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: mtnstyne]
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Other than the four Confederate Half Dollars produced in New Orleans, the Confederates didn't mint any coinage.
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#5153879 - 10/13/11 09:11 AM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: DaveG]
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The Confederate Mint in Columbia South Carolina was originally built in 1864. The Mint printed Confederate paper money, I am not aware of them producing any coinage.

Mints make coinage not currency, so this would not be a mint. Most non-collectors don't differentiate between a mint and printing facility and think mints make paper money. Sometime collectors don't seem to understand the difference which is why you will see comments saying things like "if the mint wants the dollar coins to circulate they just need to stop making dollar bills".

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Other than the four Confederate Half Dollars produced in New Orleans, the Confederates didn't mint any coinage.

On the contrary they produced a fair amount of coinage in 1861, but with the exception of the four half dollars you mentioned the rest of it was struck using Union dies. At New Orleans they struck 1,240,000 half dollars and 2,991 double eagles. (This doesn't include tha coins that were struck using the union dies by the State of Louisiana. The union operated the mint in January, the State took it over and ran it during February, and the CSA took it over and ran it during March.) At Charlotte they struck 887 half eagles. And at Dahlonega they made a small number of gold dollars.


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#5153880 - 10/13/11 09:11 AM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: DaveG]
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 Originally Posted By: DaveG
Other than the four Confederate Half Dollars produced in New Orleans, the Confederates didn't mint any coinage.


Correct! The Confederacy ran the Charlotte (NC) mint for a brief time, and the New Orleans mint for a little longer, but was forced to close them in 1861. The reason was not for a lack gold or silver but for a lack of dies. Like most things that had to do with technology in the South, competent die makers were in short supply.

Here’s my best “Confederate” coin, the Confederate half dollar restrike. This piece was made in 1876 by the Scott Company in New York City. They took 500, 1861-O half dollars, planed down the reverses and struck them over with the Confederate half dollar die. The obverse is flattened because it was crushed when the reverse was struck. All the Scott Company had for the obverse was a small copper pan that was used to hold the piece in place as it was struck.


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#5154469 - 10/13/11 02:01 PM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: BillJones]
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didnt one of these sell for some big bucks not to long ago?

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#5156057 - 10/14/11 08:39 AM Re: Confederate Mint in Columbia, SC [Re: johnny9434]
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The restrikes sell for good money (More than I can afford) but nothing compared to the originals.
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