An 1889 CC Morgan silver dollar is a coin minted from the now defunct Carson City, Nev., mint. During the gold rush, Carson City was the largest discovery of gold and silver discovered in the history of the United States. Because it was difficult to cart the gold and silver to the nearest mint in San Francisco, Congress passed legislation in 1863 to establish a mint in Carson City.
The Carson City mint did not have a large budget, so the coins produced there were not as clean as coins minted elsewhere. There is a total of 13 coins in the series, but some of them, like the 1889 coin, are extremely rare. The government melted down many of the Morgan dollar coins to help the war efforts of World War I, so those left, especially those from the Carson City mint, are rare and valuable.