Coin Press No. 1 mints medallion honoring the Transcontinental Railroad on Feb. 27

The old Carson City Mint inside the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, will mint a special medallion commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

The Transcontinental Railroad linked the United States from east to west and was completed in 1869 in Promontory, Utah. The special medallion honors that historical moment with a design featuring the Promontory Car, the last existing train car that was present at the ceremony that took place when the railroad was completed. The Promontory Car today is part of the Nevada State Museums collection.

The special medallion with the Promontory Car design will be minted on historic Coin Press No. 1, the first coin press to operate at the Carson City Mint.

“We wanted to memorialize this train car that is a unique Nevada treasure right here in Carson City by depicting it on a special silver medallion and minted by another Nevada treasure, Coin Press No. 1,” Myron Freedman, director of the Nevada State Museum Carson City, said.

The 30 mm medallions are .999 fine silver and stamped with the famed CC mint mark. Visitors may purchase their own silver blank to have minted on Coin Press No. 1. Coin press demonstrations run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday. Museums admission is $8, free for children 17 and younger and museum members. The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, is at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.

To see a historical photo of the Promontory Car, click here.