Nevada quarter becomes a commodity in demand
March 27, 2006
CARSON CITY – The Nevada State quarter is proving to be a hot-selling item as 5,000 sets flew out of three museums in the second-edition release.
The quarters became available Monday at the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City and Nevada Historical Society in Reno. The first edition of 3,000 sets was available Jan. 31 and sold out in one day.
“Those things went fast and they’re all gone,” said John Frink, program coordinator for the railroad museum.
Frink said there were about 25 people in line by the time they opened the door at 8:30 a.m. and the quarter sets were gone by 11 a.m.
“We got a call at 7:10 a.m. and the first car was in the parking lot at 7:20 a.m.,” he said.
The Nevada State Museum received 3,000 of the 5,000 sets available and still had sets in the museum gift store at 2:20 p.m.
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“It goes in spurts,” said Charmain Phillips, gift store manager. “We opened at 9 a.m. and it’s been off and on until about noon, then it died off.”
Nevada State Historical Society Director Peter Bandurraga said they sold out of their 150 sets in 18 minutes.
“We had no reservations, no phone orders,” Bandurraga said. “We gave out numbers to those who came in, like a bakery, and people were very polite and basically by 10:20 we were sold out.”
Bandurraga said they will receive another 150 sets today.
The set features mint-quality quarters from the United States Mints in Denver and Philadelphia.
Each set includes the two quarters encapsulated in a printed card with a full-color image of the Nevada Capitol, a certificate of authenticity signed by Nevada State Treasurer Brian Krolicki and a folding display stand. Each set sells for $10.