Statewide contest for final sesquicentennial medallion

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 7/23/2014 11:39 pm
Carson City, NV (KRNV & – There are only 100 days until Nevada Day 2014 also Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. Find out how you can help choose a piece of Nevada history.

Three medallions down, and just one more to go before Nevada celebrates 150 years of statehood.

“These medallions really are very special in a number of ways; there made here in the former U.S. mint, a very historic location and they’re made of pure Nevada silver and that silver comes from Nevada mines. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience Nevada history,” says Felicia Archer with Nevada State Museums.

Coin Press No. 1 arrived in Carson City from Philadelphia in 1869. In 1870 it struck the first coin bearing the now famous CC mint mark. 

“Just about any coin collector knows the Carson City mark,” says Archer, which makes the Sesquicentennial medallions even more valuable, “these medallions are certainly part of that historic nature.”

The fourth and final medallion has not been made yet, and that’s because Nevadan’s need to vote first. There are four unique designs to choose from, The Hoover Dam, Lake Tahoe, The Great Basin National Park, or discover both sides of Nevada.

So which design will win?

“Oh I wouldn’t even begin to guess which one is the most popular. I really hope that the public gets involved in voting and that we get great participation and enthusiasm for this historic event,” says Felicia Archer. 

So, it’s up to you!

For more information and to vote, visit

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