Lake Tahoe, CA/NV — The first of its kind Lake Tahoe Commemorative Coin was minted this month on historic Carson City Mint Press No. 1 and less than 300 of the limited-edition coins are still available for the public, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) said today.

Those who make tax-deductible donations of $125 or more to the Lake Tahoe Commemorative Coin Environmental Education Fund in partnership with the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation are eligible to receive this silver Lake Tahoe collector’s coin as a thank-you gift, according to TRPA.

The coin minting took place over several days at the Nevada State Museum. The historic Carson City Mint Press No. 1 was the first coin press used in the state for the U.S. Mint. Today, the press makes coins one at a time with assistance from skilled minters, according to the museum.

“I’m from Reno and visited the mint/museum many times as a child. This was a memorable day — for the mint and for this Nevadan,” a donor named Karen wrote in an email. “My favorite moment was when the gentleman who was running the press took the coin out, displayed it and handed it over to be seen.”

The coin has been engraved in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bi-state partnership between Nevada and California that formed TRPA five decades ago. The cooperative effort to preserve and restore Lake Tahoe is unique in the United States and has made significant strides in protecting Lake Tahoe’s irreplaceable environment.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, TRPA Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.