Mandalay Bay Resort to feature money collection

LAS VEGAS -- Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, set to open here March 2, will be showing visitors the money -- but not necessarily in the casino. Instead, the property will debut a $40 million permanent collection of rare gold and silver coins, Old West bank notes and historical Nevada mining towns memorabilia, including 19th century gold bars and assay receipts, in its Treasures of Mandalay Bay Museum.

The 1,100-square-foot facility also will display two $100,000 bills -- on loan from the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. -- from March 2 to 9 and from March 16 to 30. Among the new museum's highlights are the following permanent displays:

  • The $8 million King of Siam Set, including 10 coins given in 1836 by President Andrew Jackson to King Ph'ra Nang Klao of Siam, who was immortalized in the Broadway musical "The King and I."
  • A 1913 Liberty nickel -- one of five known to exist -- valued at $3 million.
  • A $2 million 1907 gold coin designed by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt. The coin is known to collectors as "the ultra high relief Saint-Gaudens double eagle."
  • The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, and visitors are provided a brochure describing the historical significance of items on exhibit.

    Admission is $6 per person; children age 12 and younger are admitted free.

    Adjoining the museum is a coin store that sells an assortment of coins and coin collecting supplies.

    In other news, beginning March 3, Mandalay will offer discounted rates to travel agents. From Sundays through Thursdays, the agent rate is $69 per night, single or double. On Fridays and Saturdays, agents can stay at the property for $109 per night, single or double. The rate is subject to availability, and agents must present a business card when checking in. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Phone: (877) 632-7000

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