This state capital down the mountain from Lake Tahoe is well known to coin collectors as the site of a U.S. Mint location that produced silver and gold coins intermittently from 1870 to 1893. It also has the honor of being the very smallest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the entire U.S., with a population barely exceeding 50,000.

Answer Carson City, NV

Carson City's Mint was built to take advantage of the city's proximity to the silver and gold boom out West.

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