Museum lecture digs into coins and archaeology in America

Unique coins found in excavations from Colonial America to the deserts of Nevada are the subject of a free public program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.

"Coins and Archaeology in America" features American Numismatic Association Money Museum Director Lawrence J. Lee. The event is sponsored by Nevada State Museum's History program and Carson City Mint Coin Show, and funding comes from a grant from the Bretzlaff Foundation.

Lee's program examines several archaeological sites where coins were recovered during excavations. One site is across the street from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia and another is located at Colonial Williamsburg.

Lee will also talk about coins uncovered in archaeological sites in Nevada.

The American Numismatic Association was founded in 1891 with a mission to advance and promote the study of coins, paper money, tokens, medals and related numismatic items and promote greater popular interest in the field. The Association's Money Museum located in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest of its kind in the United States. The museum features many of the finest specimens of gold, silver, copper and bronze coins, medals and tokens from ancient to modern, as well the foremost collection of United States paper money.

The annual Carson City Mint Coin Show is scheduled for Sept. 6 and 7 at the Nevada State Museum. Coin show admission is included with the museum's general admission of $3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, and free for children under 18.


What: Coins and Archaeology in America

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St.

Information: 687-4810 ext. 239


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