Last week Dick Johnson tipped us off about Carson City, Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration. E-Sylum subscriber Will Robins was there and provides this report. -EditorThe Carson City Sesquicentennial was a blast. The Nevada State Museum, which fills the old Carson City Mint building, hosted a two-day coin education fair on August 16-17, with very well attended presentations by Bob Nylen, me, Gene Hattori, McAvoy Layne (a Mark Twain reenactor), Wally Earhart (an Abe Lincoln reenactor) and Dick Clark. Almost all of the presentations were on topics directly connected to Nevada.
Ken Hopple, Chief Coiner at the Museum, assisted by his wife Karen Hopple, struck CC medallions on the old Carson City Press No. 1 in both silver and bronze, and packaged them to be sold. Lines extended far out the coining room to purchase the medallions, which were, literally, hot off the press.
A raffle was held, with the first prize of a 2008 $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative donated by Northern Nevada Coin. The grand prize, a framed set of three GSA CC Morgan Dollars from the years 1882, '83, and '84 was donated by Southgate Coins.
The museum was buzzing with activity. The Reno Coin Club had set up a booth with coin displays and were giving out foreign coins. People could pan for gold in a station set up outside the museum, and could keep whatever they found... and there was quite a bit of gold there!
The Coin Education Fair was a huge success. Everyone who attended seemed to have a wonderful time.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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