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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 19, May 11, 2008, Article 18

FALLON CENTENNIAL 'COIN' MINTING AT THE NEVADA STATE MUSEUM

[An E-Sylum reader forwarded a link to an article written
by a high school junior about a recent class trip to Carson
City, where the group viewed the striking of a medal at the
Nevada State Museum.  Here are some excerpts. -Editor]

Early last Friday morning my senior government class at
Lahontan Valley High School and I set off for Carson City.
Our agenda was to go to the State Legislature, the Supreme
Court building and then on to the Fallon Centennial coin
minting at the Nevada State Museum.

When we arrived at the museum, there were 18 students, Mayor
Ken Tedford, City Councilmen John Tewell and Willis Swan,
Anne Pershing, Nancy Balash, Michon Mackdon, Valerie Serpa,
Capt. Mike Glaser, photographers and many more who came to
see the pressing of Fallon's 100th anniversary coin. We all
waited patiently as all of us inched our way closer to the
six-ton machine to get a good look.

Once we all quieted down, Ken Hopple, who does the minting,
began to explain the mint and its history. He said the mint
weighed six tons and had been moved 10 times throughout its
existence and that it had been re-purchased for $225.

Following the brief lesson about this wonderful machine, he
finally began to do what we all were waiting for.

He turned the machine on and we all watched in awe as it
pressed a design into the nickel that he had been holding.
After about five coins had been minted followed by multiple
questions about the process, a ceremony was held commemorating
the new Fallon Centennial coin.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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