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Deadwood, South Dakota

Item Number: 48909
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 1 1/2 inch (39mm) Round
Material: Bronze Antique
Price: $20.00
This product is proudly minted in the United States of America

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Deadwood, South Dakota

Deadwood, South Dakota

Deadwood, South Dakota

Grab a piece of Deadwood – Deadwood South, Dakota. Deep in the Black Hills, the infamous town of Deadwood sprang to life when Colonel George Custer shouted the discovery of gold in the area. History buffs, coin, collectors, or visitors will be proud to carry with them this piece of America’s Wild West past.

Established in 1876, Deadwood sprung from the humblest of beginnings to flourish as one of the most notorious boomtowns in American history.

Cherishing the Black Hills as sacred, the Lakota Indians refused to tolerate the influx of gold prospectors whom the Lakota said desecrated their land. However, the U.S. Army pacified the Lakota in 1877, allowing Deadwood to burgeon safe from outside threat.

Many mines have churned out gold in the area since 1876, excavating more than 40 million ounces of the precious metal. Prostitution, gambling, and drugs quickly accompanied the fortune-seeking miners and entrepreneurs. The town also saw its share of famous names shoot through, like Seth Bullock, Calamity Jane, Al Swearengen, and Wild Bill Hickok. With the murder of Wild Bill and the murder trials of his killer - Jack McCall, Deadwood ascended to new heights of infamy, painted with an untamed, lawless reputation.

As the years passed, Deadwood transitioned from gold rush boomtown to a steady mining community, shedding its rough and rowdy mystique. With railroads connecting the town to the broader world in 1890, Deadwood thrived as a commercial center for several decades. In 1964, Deadwood boasted as the only city in the United States to be christened a National Historic Landmark. The reintroduction of gaming to South Dakota in 1989 instigated the rebuilding of the town to preserve its historic significance. 

Minted in the U.S in antique bronze, this coin pays tribute to the wild, rough town of Deadwood, South Dakota. The obverse features gold panning tools and scenes from Deadwood’s historic past. The reverse features the Territorial Seal of South Dakota.

To create to perfect souvenir, the coin is accompanied by an elegantly designed folder, adorned with rich photos and details of the town, its travelers, and the coin itself. Together, the coin and folder offer up handsome combination that makes a great gift or addition to any collection.