Good ol' Coin Press No. 1 keeps on keepin' on. This article from Carson City, NV published on Monday detailed plans for yesterday's
striking of a medal commemorating the completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. -Editor
Carson City's two state museums - the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum - are collaborating on a project that highlights
of 150-year-old artifacts in both museums' collections.
This Saturday, May 18, the Nevada State Museum will fire up its 150-year-old Coin Press No. 1 for the first public minting of a medallion that
commemorates the Nevada State Railroad Museum's Coach 17 - the only rail car still in existence that was present at the completion of the nation's
first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit in Utah.
The medallion minting, which starts at noon, is another in a series of "Mint150" programs taking place at the Nevada State Museum as it celebrates
the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Branch Mint in Carson City. Coin Press No. 1 was the first coin press in the Carson City Mint and it produced
millions in gold and silver coins in its heyday.
The 30 mm, .999 fine silver medallion features an image of Coach 17 with the words "Promontory Car, Transcontinental Railroad, 1869-2019" and
an image of a railroad spike. The event at Promontory in 1869 featured the ceremonial driving of golden and silver spikes to mark the joining of the
Central and Union Pacific railroad lines.
Museum visitors can purchase a pure silver blank in the museum store for $60 and have it minted as they watch.
The day's program also includes a special tour of the Mint Building, where participants can learn where various mint functions actually took
place, including a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the building's nooks and crannies usually off limits to the public. A pair of hour-long tours
are planned, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m.
To read the complete article, see:
Carson City museums to
mint medallion to memorialize Transcontinental Railroad car
Wayne Homren, Editor
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