Siphon coins make historic gift

Numbered limited edition in silver nearly sold out
YUMA, ARIZONA – yuma is celebrating Arizona ‘s Centennial in many ways, but its promotion of a commemorative mint has caused the most stir outside the area.

The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area minted a specify edition of 100 argent medallions, featuring the Arizona Centennial on one side and an image of the Yuma Siphon, which besides opened in 1912 and brought irrigation water underneath the Colorado River to 50,000 acres of rich Yuma cultivated land.

The Siphon commemoration was suggested by Bruce Gwynn, whose grandfather, E.F. Sanguinetti, had produced a similar mint back in 1912 in award of the open of the Siphon.

Within weeks of the initial announcement, more than 60 of the silver coins had been sold.

“ We have been amazed at the reception, not good from here in Yuma, but from collectors all over the nation ”, said Charles Flynn, the Heritage Area ‘s conductor. “ If you want one of this limited edition of the silver medallion, I suggest you act promptly. fortunately, we besides have a much larger count of tan coins for sale. ”

The coins were crafted by Yuma master jewelry maker Paul Bensel of Paul Bensel Jewelers.

The cost of the limited version silver medallions is $ 250 each, including a display case. Orders may be placed at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park during business hours, or call 928-783-4771. Click here to download an order form.

The commemorative medallion has besides been cast in bronze in an countless edition, and are now on sale for $ 25 plus tax. The bronze coins are available at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park ( 1 Prison Hill Road, 783-4771 ), at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park ( 201 N. 4th Ave., 928-783-0071 ), and at Paul Bensel Jewelers ( 264 W. 32nd Ave., 928-344-3344 ).

net proceeds from the sale of both the limited edition silver medallions and the bronze medallions will be used to help pay for aforethought Centennial activities sponsored by the Heritage Area .
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Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell), [email protected]
Visitor Information Center : 1-800-293-0071

yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma sphere within the travel and tourism diligence and to the general public. Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $ 566 million in 2010, supported closely 5,800 jobs and generated $ 36.3 million in state and local tax revenues.

A longtime favored with sun-seeking snowbirds, Yuma ‘s population closely doubles in the winter months, thanks to more than 23,000 spots in RV parks and resorts. The community besides offers about 4,000 hotel rooms, league and meeting facilities, and three casinos. For more details about Yuma ‘s year-round attractions, extra events – and the rarely “ cloudy with a opportunity of taco ” forecast* – visit or call 800-293-0071.

* Yuma hotel guests will eat free every day the sun does n’t shine from Aug. 1, 2011 until July 31, 2012 ! For more information on our Centennial “ free dining table ” forwarding, call us.


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