Hunt for history through “Treasures of the Mint”


Reno, Nevada.   Many treasures can be found at the Nevada State Museum, which occupies the old U.S. Mint in Carson City.  Experience the Museum’s annual Coin Show through the documentary “Treasures of the Mint,” a half-hour episode from the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Exploring Nevada series.  The Nevada Historical Society will present the documentary, on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at noon as part of their ongoing High Noon video presentation series.

Following the video is a discussion and question and answer period hosted by Robert Nylen, Curator of History for the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

In this documentary viewers can listen as participants talk excitedly about the rare possibility of finding the“missing” 1873 No-Arrows Dime now estimated to be worth more than $1 million. The episode includes interviews with State Museum Director James Barmore, History Curator Bob Nylen, Coin Dealer Rusty Goe and volunteer coin minters Ken and Karen Hopple, along with rich archival material of the old minting era.

Volunteers Ken & Karen HoppleBob Nylen is currently the curator of history at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.  He has been actively involved for the last 30 years doing research, writing and lecturing about Nevada’s rich history.  Bob worked for seven years at the Nevada Historical Society beginning in 1976 and has been employed at the museum for 24 years.  And during this time at the museum he has helped to curate many of the fine exhibits.

The documentary Treasures of the Mint was created by producer Gwen Clancy as part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs’ Exploring Nevada series.

The Nevada Historical Society is located at 1650 N. Virginia Steet on the UNR campus. It’s one of seven museums managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit the department’s website at

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