Mint sesquicentennial event Saturday includes portrayal of its founder

Reenactors Dave and Kathy Peirson will portray the characters of Abe Curry, founder of Carson City and the first director of the Carson City Mint, and his daughter, Elvira Curry Cowan, at a Mint150 event at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Photo courtesy of Nevada State Museum
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO)-- The 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint will be celebrated on Feb. 4. On Saturday, the Nevada State Museum offers a presentation remembering the mint’s first superintendent and founder of Carson City, Abe Curry.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., historic Coin Press No. 1 will operate, pressing commemorative medallions. Visitors buy a blank planchet in the museum store and have it minted on the coin press.

Abe is back, so to speak, on Saturday, along with his daughter, Elvira Curry Cowen. Chautauquans Dave and Kathy Peirson will portray the Currys starting at 1 p.m., serving cake to all visitors before giving an historical presentation. Descendants of the Curry family are also scheduled to attend.

The activities are all included in regular admission prices of $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger. The event is at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City.

All the Mint150 special events lead up to the Feb. 4 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint. That is the day the first-ever CC Mint Mark coins were struck. The day’s guest of honor is the U.S. Mint Director David Ryder, who will strike the first sesquicentennial medallion on Coin Press No. 1.

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