CARSON CITY — The Nevada 150 Commission unveiled the the design of the third medallion in the Sesquicentennial series of four, as chosen by Nevada elementary students. The winning design features some of the State’s most iconic landmarks including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the Reno Arch and Wendover Will.
Last month, Lieutenant Governor and Nevada 150 Chairman Brian Krolicki invited Nevada students to participate in choosing the design for the third of four medallions in the Sesquicentennial series being produced throughout the year. Over 200 classes participated in the contest, receiving close to 5,000 total votes.
Sales for the third medallion begin on May 27 at 8:00 a.m. Each one ounce medallion is made from pure Nevada silver from the Coeur Mine in Rochester, Nev., and is available to the public at $100.50 each. The copper medallion, which has the same design as the silver medallion, is made from Nevada copper, donated by Newmont Mining from its Phoenix mine and is available for purchase at $15 each.
Orders for the Sesquicentennial medallions can be made through the Legislative Gift Shop (LGS) website by visiting www.nevadalegislature.com and clicking on **NEW ITEMS** under the gift shop button, or in person at the LGS, 401 South Carson St., Carson City. Wells Fargo is the official sponsor of the commemorative medallions.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Each location featured on the medallion has its own significance to the state of Nevada:
- The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has greeted millions of Las Vegas visitors at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard since 1959. The sign’s neon, backlighting and 89-bulb border is newly-powered by three solar trees, which were recently installed along the central median where the sign stands.
- The Reno Arch is an iconic landmark in Reno, Nev. spanning Virginia Street at the intersection with Commercial Row. The arch as visible today is the third installed at this location. The current arch was installed in 1987 and retrofitted with new lights in 2009. The arch is a prominent feature of downtown Reno, and for most of its history has featured the city’s motto, “The Biggest Little City in the World.”
- Wendover Will is a sign created for the Stateline Casino in West Wendover, Nev. in 1952. It is now a landmark for the town. Wendover Will, who stands 63-feet-tall, was named after the town of Wendover and William Smith, who founded the Stateline Casino.