Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today unveiled the official West Virginia sesquicentennial coin. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission is offering these limited edition silver coins as part of the state's 150th birthday celebration. The coins go on sale Monday, May 20th in the Commission's online store.
"These commemorative coins will be wonderful keepsakes to hand down from one generation to the next, always reminding us of our rich heritage," Gov. Tomblin said. "I hope West Virginians will one day look back on our state's 150th birthday as an event that made us all proud to be West Virginians."
Kay Goodwin, Secretary of Education and the Arts and chairman of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission, joined the governor in announcing the availability of the coins. "I'm fortunate enough to have a commemorative coin from the state's centennial, in 1963, that my mother passed down to me. It is a treasured memento of an historic occasion for our state, and I know that West Virginians will treasure these coins for decades to come."
Only 1,863 of the coins have been minted, denoting the year the state was born. The coin features the West Virginia 150 logo on one side and a three-dimensional engraving of the Great Seal of West Virginia on the other. It measures about 1.5 inches across and contains one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The coin is encased in plastic and packaged in a black leatherette box. It can be purchased for $49.99 from the Sesquicentennial Commission's online store (www.wv150.com) beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 20. The coin will also be available at the state's official 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol next month.
For more information about the birthday celebration at the State Capitol or to find a birthday event in your community, visit www.wv150.com.