Special Anniversary Event
October 30, 2020
To honor and raise funds for Nevada’s health care workers, historic Coin Press No. 1 will mint a special medallion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City. Interested people can purchase up to two .999 fine silver planchets and watch as they are minted on the press. Cost for a planchet is $100; a portion of the proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Registration is required for this event, as the museum itself will be closed for the Nevada Day holiday. Participants will be given a scheduled admission time, will need to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing protocols. Note that if you do not already have a museum log-in account, you will be asked to create one before registering for the event.
“Nevada has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our front-line health care workers are among the hardest hit,” Myron Freedman, Nevada State Museum, Carson City director, said. “The museum is glad to offer this opportunity to honor their contributions and give back to the men and women who work so hard to protect the community’s health.”
The design of the Nevada Health Care Heroes medallion, created by retired U.S. Mint engraver Tom Rogers, is based on an image of a health care worker at one of the COVID-19 testing stations set up by the Nevada National Guard. Medallions will be minted on Coin Press No. 1, the first coin press to operate at the Carson City Mint. A former U.S. Branch Mint, the Carson City Mint was in operation from 1870 to 1893. Today, the old mint building is incorporated into the museum.
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Monthly Educational Event
Mint150 programs are held on the third Saturday of each month at 11 AM featuring a different topic on Mint history, followed by a demonstration of Coin Press No. 1. Regular admission, free for members and children under 17. “Mints and Assayers: Inside the Carson City Mint” a lecture by Paul Franklin.
Kids Minting Days, Feb. 8-9
Nothing adds to the history of a time, an event, a place or an object more than becoming a part of that history and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City is making sure the history of the Carson City Mint will continue for generations to come. As part of its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint – Mint 150 – the museum is hosting Kids Minting Days on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9. Children 17 and younger are admitted for free and each child will receive a commemorative copper medallion memorializing the Mint’s 150th anniversary. Regular admission of $8 applies for adults. Activities go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.