Coeur Rochester Gives Nevada $24,000 Birthday Gift

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's first birthday gift of the year comes from the Coeur Rochester silver mine near Lovelock - and it's a big silver bar.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval accepted a $24,000 silver bar Wednesday to be used as part of the Silver State's 150th birthday celebration which begins later this year.

The bar weighing about 60 pounds was given to the state by Coeur Rochester, and the state museum will use the block to mint silver medallions commemorating the state's sesquicentennial.

One thousand coins will be created from the 1,000-ounce bar should be available shortly after the yearlong celebration begins on Nevada Day later this year.