Nevada State Museum to celebrate National Coin Week

~Guy Clifton, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs~

The Nevada State Museum, in partnership with the Reno Coin Club, will be celebrating the 95th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21, with a special event planned at the museum on Friday, April 20.

 

The theme for national weeklong celebration is “Connecting Cultures: From Many, One.” The event celebrates the role of numismatics (coin collectors) in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation.

The Nevada State Museum will be minting medallions on historic Coin Press 1 during a National Coin Week celebration on Friday, April 20. Photo by Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

“Nevada’s role in coin culture began when it was still a U.S. territory, and today the Nevada State Museum is proud to preserve that heritage in the former U.S Branch Mint in Carson City,” Museum Director Myron Freedman said. “National Coin Week is a great opportunity to learn about the multi-faceted meaning and history of coins, and have fun celebrating this fascinating chapter of Nevada’s story.”

On April 20 at the Nevada State Museum – the former home of the U.S. Mint – the Reno Coin Club will have a display in the concourse and two lectures during the day.

 

At 10:30 a.m., Joe Wozniak will be presenting, “Abraham Lincoln – Early Life, Beloved President, and Impact on U.S. Coinage.”

 

Then, at 1:30 p.m., David Elliott will be presenting, “The Changing Faces and Meanings of Liberty on Ancient and U.S. Coins.”

 

The museum will be doing minting demonstrations on Historic Coin Press 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can purchase a blank in the museum store and have it minted into a medallion as they watch.

 

Attendees can also view the numerous artifacts related to the Carson City Mint, including the numerous coins that feature the historic “CC” mint mark – a distinction highly coveted by coin collectors today.

 

Admission is $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

 

For more information, contact Bob Nylen at (775) 687-4810, ext. 239, or rnylen@nevadaculture.org,

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