Coach 17 Commemorative Coin Minted At Carson City Mint

May 15, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Photo of Coach 17 commemorative coin by Glenn Franco Simmons.Coach No. 17Coach 17 commemorative coin and holder. "Housed at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Coach No. 17 is the last piece of rolling stock in existence that had been present at {'The Last Spike'} ceremony for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

"The Silver Spike contributed by {the state of} Nevada and Golden Spike were transported in this car shown at the end of Leland Stanford's train, shortly before the wedding of the rails' ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah."
Photo of Coach 17 commemorative coin by Glenn Franco Simmons.Coach No. 17Coach 17 commemorative coin. We got a commemorative coin minted at the Carson City Mint in May. We had gone there for my wife's father's birthday, who, in his almost 90 years, had never seen a coin minted at the mint.
Photo of Coach 17 commemorative coin by Glenn Franco Simmons.Coach No. 17Coach 17 commemorative coin.

When I realized it in commemoration of the car and its relation to "The Last Spike," I had to purchase one because it was my namesake (my middle name of Thomas), my Great-Great Grandpa Thomas Hill, the famous painter, who painted "The Last Spike" that resides in the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

"The Last Spike," painted in 1869 by Thomas Hill.The Last Spike"The Last Spike," painted by my Great-Great Grandpa Thomas Hill. My middle name of Thomas was chosen in my grandpa's honor. That is Thomas Hill pointing over Leland Stanford's shoulder. This image is public domain. My grandpa also painted family portraits of the Stanford family.

Glenn Franco Simmons' museum photosThomas Hill's Palo Alto SpringThomas Hill's Stanford family portrait photographed at the Cantor Museum in the city of Palo Alto. Thomas Hill painted himself into the painting. He is pointing over Leland Stanford's shoulder. I bear a resemblance to him.


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