To honor and raise funds for Nevada’s health care workers, historic Coin Press No. 1 is set to mint a special medallion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
The cost for a planchet is $100, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Registration is required for this event, as the museum itself is closed for the Nevada Day holiday. Participants are given a scheduled admission time and need to wear a face-covering and maintain social distancing protocols.
“Nevada has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our front-line health care workers are among the hardest hit,” said Myron Freedman, Nevada State Museum, Carson City director. “The museum is glad to offer this opportunity to honor their contributions and give back to the men and women who work so hard to protect the community’s health.”
The design of the Nevada Health Care Heroes medallion, created by retired U.S. Mint engraver Tom Rogers, is based on an image of a health care worker at one of the COVID-19 testing stations set up by the Nevada National Guard.
Medallions are to be minted on Coin Press No. 1, the first coin press to operate at the Carson City Mint.
A former U.S. branch mint, the Carson City facility was in operation from 1870 to 1893. Today, the old mint building is incorporated into the museum. For more on Nevada State Museum, Carson City, visit www.carsonnvmuseum.org.