By Tony Hughes

Hawthorne Ordnance Museum

Tony Hughes
Representatives of the four groups engraved on the coins of the new souvenir penny machine. From left: Marlene and Glenn Bunch of the Walker Lake Working Group; Wanda Millsap and Carole Mortensen of the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum; LTC Dustin Bishop, Commanding Officer of Hawthorne Army Depot and Mineral County School Superintendent Karen Watson.

Everyone wants to have an everlasting memory of the exciting places they have visited and one way to remember is getting some type of souvenir relating to that location.

Hundreds of gift shops, museums, tourist attractions, historic attractions or amusement parks throughout the country have souvenirs to purchase by their visitors. One souvenir that has become popular is the turning of a U. S. penny into an elongated souvenir coin. The custom engraved souvenir coin is created by using a special penny press machine.

The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum has recently purchased from Penny Machines USA and is proud owners of one of the penny press machines now in use at the gift shop at the museum. Four special images or engravings are available and can be purchased with one of these popular local locations on the coin. They are the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum; the Hawthorne Army Depot, the World’s Largest; Walker Lake, Worth Visiting-Worth Saving and the Mineral County School Serpents. Each location was notified prior to the purchase of the machine for their approval. Purchase price for one of these custom made coins is 50 cents.

The souvenir coins can be used for many purposes. An elegant piece of jewelry such as earrings, necklace, bracelet, broach or a key chain that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

The elongated souvenir coins can be purchased at the museum gift shop during open hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at 925 E Street, across the street from the Hawthorne Convention Center.