Visited the Nevada State Museum today- a quality facility and well worth a visit. My favorites were the John C. Fremont and Comstock Lode exhibits... as they featured some coinage, I figured I’d share: John C. Fremont (1813-1890) was an American explorer, soldier, writer and politician. His explorations, botanical findings and topographical contributions in the American West had tremendous influence on US history. Maps made based on his expeditions enabled pioneers to better traverse the frontier, helped miners to locate gold regions when the California Gold Rush began, and much more. (More on him here.) His Colt .44 was just impressive. The “Grand Luminary” flag, made in 1856 when he ran as the first Republican candidate for President carried a star pattern that was a visual interpretation of the then national motto, E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One.) The Mountain Howitzer cannon is there to represent one abandoned by his party in the Winter of 1844 in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which treasure hunters still search for to this day. The real cannon was lugged across the country for this “peaceable” expedition as protection against hostiles (*Of note- his superiors tried to recall him to DC upon learning he brought it, but he had already left), though it is suspected that Fremont was secretly carrying out reconnaissance to aid in the eventual annexation of California from Mexico. Now, the coins: Shown and labeled here are coins that were recovered and attributed to the Second Expedition (1843-1844) whose goal was to map the second half of the Oregon Trail. I found it an interesting group, and was surprised at the number of British coppers before learning that they had stopped at British Fort Vancouver for supplies in November 1843. Some commemoratives were also on display, as well as an original copy of his autobiography and his sword, which were impressive: Next, the Comstock Lode (more here) which triggered an 1859 Silver rush in then Western Utah Territory, present day Nevada. We have this lode to thank for our CC coins today, as the Carson City mint was created to facilitate minting of coinage from silver mined from it. This rush drew thousands of prospectors to the area and had a tremendous impact on Western expansion in this region. The coins in this section left a lot to be desired, (Some choice CC Coinage would really add a LOT to this section.) but there was still eye candy to behold in the form of a big block full of Barite Crystals: All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the history of the region. Knowing John C. Fremont and company had stopped exactly where I was today at the Springs Preserve where the museum stands added to the experience. Now, on to the Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show this week to find some treasure myself.