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The Nevada State Museum’s Historic Coin Press No. 1 will create brand new brass and silver medallions stamped with the famous CC mintmark to celebrate the 2012 Nevada Day theme, Honoring Our Military and Families, Past, Present and Future.

“This is the second year the Nevada State Museum is partnering with the Nevada Day Committee to produce for sale a wonderful and unique commemorative Nevada Day medallion in both silver and brass,” said Nevada State Museum’s Robert Nylen, curator of history.

Nylen said 100 medallions, each one troy ounce, .999 fine silver, will be minted at the museum from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and are available in the museum store, right after the parade.   Silver medallions cost $100.

Brass medallions will be minted during the same hours only on Friday.  Brass units are $15 each and available for sale Friday and Saturday during the coin press operation at the museum and Friday afternoon at the Nevada Day Store.  Museum admission is free for the Nevada Day celebration, Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Northwest Territorial Mint in Dayton designed the piece and created the commemorative die used for both brass and silver coins. Funds from the sale of the coins support the Nevada Day Committee activities and educational programs at the museum, Nylen said.

Historic Coin Press No. 1 was originally used in the Carson City U.S. Branch Mint, first stamping silver and gold coins in 1870. The mint building became the Nevada State Museum in 1941.

In addition to the coin press activity, the museum will display a brand new exhibit honoring Nevada World War II hero Jack Streeter on the second floor of the Historic Carson City Mint’s portion of the complex.

The Nevada State Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.  More information is available at (775) 687- 4810 ext. 245 or Regular admission applies Friday and is $8 for adults, free for museum members and children 17 or under.  The Nevada Day Committee store is at 108 W. Telegraph St. and